Lebanon Welcomes Neil Kazmierczak to the Tiger Coaching Family!
On Tuesday evening, April 21st , the Lebanon Community School Corporation School Board approved the hire of Neil Kazmierczak as new Lebanon High School Head Football Coach.
Coach Kazmierczak is a former football player and 1988 graduate of Michigan State University. He received his Masters of Education in 1998 from Stanford University while working as an Assistant Football Coach. He holds an Indiana teaching license in Physical Education, History, Psychology and Life Sciences.
Coach Kazmierczak began his High school football coaching career as Defensive Coordinator at John Marshall high School in Los Angeles, CA. Later, he went on to be Head Coach at Oxnard High School in California. In 1996 while working on his masters, he became an Assistant Coach for the Defensive Backs at Stanford University. He moved overseas to coach in Koyoto, Japan in 1998 as Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Back Coach for Ritsumeikan University. Coach Kazmierczak returned to the states in 1999 to coach the Linebackers at Saint Mary’s College in California. He moved back to the Midwest and became the Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers and Strength and Conditioning Coach for DePauw University from 2000-2005. From 2006-2009 he coached at Butler University. He left Butler to coach at Marian from 2010-2012. And in 2012, Coach Kazmierczak became the Head Coach of Earlham College. He recently resigned from Earlham to pursue a more stable environment for his family.
Not only does Coach Kazmierczak have the knowledge and experience (X’s and O’s) he understands the game of High School Football. He understands his role as the Head Football Coach. He says, “The role of the Head Coach and his staff is to find and attract the best student-athletes possible and then help develop them to their fullest potential both as a players and as young men. The most important part of any football program is its players. Every decision concerning Lebanon High School will have our player’s best interest at heart. Our objective is to make football a positive experience for our players. To do this we must continually look for ways to make playing football special. We must always be positive in our approach and our interaction with the players. Praise in public and criticize in private. Nothing is more important than a person’s self-esteem and we want to make sure a young man feels good about himself. And as coaches, we must be genuinely concerned for our players lives, in and outside of football. The players don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. In knowing them as individuals apart from their athletics, we can be in a better position to help guide them in their development as young men.”
Lebanon Athletic Director Phil Levine said, “We are very fortunate to have found such a qualified individual and positive role model for our student athletes. I am looking forward to observing Coach Kazmierczak dedicate himself to our football program at all levels, invest in the community and most importantly mold quality student athletes both on and off the field.”
Coach Kazmierczak currently resides in the Fishers area with his wife Frezewd and three children Zach 13, Saron 13, and Caleb 11.