Joe Kerbel

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Joe Kerbel
Biographical details
Born c. 1921
Seminole, OK
Died March 20, 1973(1973-03-20) (aged 51)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Bartlesville HS
Cleveland HS
Breckenridge HS
Amarillo HS
Texas Tech (Assist.)
West Texas A&M
Head coaching record
Overall 68–42–1

Joe E. Kerbel (c. 1921 – March 20, 1973(1973-03-20)) was an American football coach. He is the winningest coach in West Texas A&M Buffaloes history.

After a successful coaching career at Bartlesville and Cleveland High School in Oklahoma, Kerbel became head coach at Breckenridge High School in 1952. Breckenridge had won its first 3A state title in 1951 under coach Cooper Robbins who had just left for Texas A&M, raising the expectations high for Kerbel. He did not disappoint, as he won two additional state championships in 1952 and 1954. He then left for Texas football powerhouse Amarillo High School, which had won four state championships under coaches Blair Cherry and Howard Lynch.

After coaching at Amarillo High School for three seasons, Kerbel became an assistant under DeWitt Weaver at Texas Tech University in 1957. He then took over a West Texas A&M football program in 1960 that had won just two games in two years under head coach Clark Jarnagin. Kerbel turned the program around, amassing a 68-42-1 record the next eleven years and winning two bowl games, the 1962 Sun Bowl and 1967 Junior Rose Bowl, along the way. Notable players for Kerbel included Stan Hansen, Mercury Morris, Duane Thomas, and Jerry Don Logan. Kerbel retired in 1971 after the school chose not to renew his contract. He was succeeded by Gene Mayfield, a native of Quitaque in Briscoe County, Texas. Kerbel died of a heart attack at the age of fifty-one.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
West Texas A&M Buffaloes (Independent) (1960–1970)
1960 West Texas A&M 3–7
1961 West Texas A&M 6–4
1962 West Texas A&M 9–2 W Sun Bowl
1963 West Texas A&M 4–4–1
1964 West Texas A&M 4–6
1965 West Texas A&M 6–4
1966 West Texas A&M 7–3
1967 West Texas A&M 8–3 W Junior Rose Bowl
1968 West Texas A&M 8–2
1969 West Texas A&M 6–4
1970 West Texas A&M 7–3
Total: 68–42–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

Further reading[edit]

  • Cashion, Ty (1998). Pigskin Pulpit: A Social History of Texas High School Football Coaches. Austin: Texas State Historical Association. ISBN 0-87611-168-1. 
  • Harris, Jack (1990). A Passion for Victory, The Coaching Life of Texas Legend Joe Kerbel. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company. 

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