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)
1947-? Bartlesville HS
?-1951 Cleveland HS
1952-1954 Breckenridge HS
1955-1957 Amarillo HS
1958-1959 Texas Tech (Asst.)
1960-1970 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, Jerry Don Logan and three-time All Texas Defensive Back, Thomas Krempasky. 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
West Texas State Buffaloes (NCAA University Division independent) (1960–1970)
1960 West Texas State 3–7
1961 West Texas State 6–4
1962 West Texas State 9–2 W Sun
1963 West Texas State 4–4–1
1964 West Texas State 4–6
1965 West Texas State 6–4
1966 West Texas State 7–3
1967 West Texas State 8–3 W Junior Rose
1968 West Texas State 8–2
1969 West Texas State 6–4
1970 West Texas State 7–3
West Texas State: 7–3
Total: 68–42–1

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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