Kent Kessinger

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Kent Kessinger
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Kessinger and his team preparing to take the field
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Ottawa (KS)
Conference KCAC
Record 85–56
Playing career
1988–1991 Bethany (KS)
Position(s) Offensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
?–2003 Augustana (SD) (OC)
2004–present Ottawa (KS)
Head coaching record
Overall 85–56
Tournaments 1–6 (NAIA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
4 KCAC (2009, 2011–2012, 2014)
2x KCAC Coach of the Year (2009, 2011)

Kent Kessinger is an American football coach and former player. Kessinger is the head football at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. He has held that position since the 2004 season and is the 29th football coach at the school.

Playing career[edit]

Kessinger is a graduate of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas where he played offensive line under his father, Ted Kessinger.[1][2][3]

Coaching career[edit]

Part of Kessinger's coaching style is to encourage athletes to participate in more than one sport, "It breaks up the year, it gives them something to compete with when they’re in the offseason, and if they really love to play it, then we encourage them to keep on doing it."[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs NAIA Coaches' Poll#
Ottawa Braves (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (2004–present)
2004 Ottawa 3–7 3–6 T–8th
2005 Ottawa 5–5 4–5 T–5th
2006 Ottawa 1–9 1–8 10th
2007 Ottawa 4–6 3–6 T–7th
2008 Ottawa 8–2 7–2 T–2nd 22
2009 Ottawa 11–1 9–0 1st L NAIA Quarterfinal 5
2010 Ottawa 9–2 8–1 2nd L NAIA First Round 10
2011 Ottawa 9–3 9–0 1st L NAIA First Round 10
2012 Ottawa 8–3 8–1 1st L NAIA First Round 16
2013 Ottawa 8–4 7–2 T–2nd L NAIA First Round 14
2014 Ottawa 9–3 8–1 1st L NAIA First Round 13
2015 Ottawa 6–4 6–3 4th
2016 Ottawa 4–7 4–5 5th
Ottawa: 85–56 77–40
Total: 85–56
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
  • #Rankings from final NAIA Coaches' Poll.


  1. ^ Victory Sports Network Ottawa University
  2. ^ Bethel College Athletic News "Threshers to open season against Ottawa", Mark Schnabel, September 18, 2004
  3. ^ Topeka Capital-Journal "Sports Front", Ken Corbitt, September 5, 2005
  4. ^ Emporia Gazette "Bravest Of The Braves", Michael Ashford, March 21, 2007

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