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Posted on Sat. Jan. 12, 2013 - 12:02 am EDT

Kyle Lindsay takes over Luers football

Replaces fired father as Class 2A champs’ head coach

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Kyle Lindsay

Age: 29

Education: 2002 Bishop Luers graduate; 2006 Dayton graduate

Coaching experience: Assistant coach Bishop Luers six years, offensive coordinator four years

Playing experience: Luers, QB, 2000-02

FORT WAYNE — Kyle Lindsay, the Bishop Luers offensive coordinator and son of embattled ex-coach Matt Lindsay, was named the Knights’ football coach Friday.

“I am humbled and privileged, every positive emotion you can feel, that’s me right now,” Kyle Lindsay said during a phone interview.

Kyle Lindsay, a former Luers quarterback and 2002 graduate of the school, has been on the coaching staff for six years, serving as the offensive coordinator for the last four seasons.

Luers athletic director Jim Huth, who replaced Matt Lindsay in that capacity, would not disclose the number of candidates interviewed but said a smooth transition was a significant factor in the decision.

“In the end we thought Kyle was the best candidate for our kids and our program and the continued success,” Huth said. “That was part of what we had to consider as we looked at candidates from inside and candidates from outside. The ultimate decision came down to that continuity question. We felt it was important.”

Kyle Lindsay, 29, said he was informed of his selection Friday.

Kyle’s father, Matt Lindsay, was fired four games into this past season after inappropriate videos were found on his school computer.

Matt Lindsay, who led the Knights to nine state titles as an assistant and head coach, has not been charged with any crime in the ongoing investigation.

Kyle Lindsay said he interviewed for the head coaching position before Christmas break.

“Any of the guys they interviewed would have been great choices,” said Kyle Lindsay, who also teaches social studies at Luers. “There was some doubt, but at the same time there was some reassurance that in my initial interview they didn’t want a whole lot of change.”

Kyle Lindsay said he expects most, if not all, of the staff to remain intact.

Kyle Lindsay was the team’s interim coach for one game after his father was fired after three decades with the program.

Kyle Lindsay led Luers to a 27-7 win over Wayne on Sept. 14, but the game was forfeited after an academically ineligible player was found to have played.

After that game, former Luers coach Steve Keefer was elevated from the freshman program for the rest of the season and helped Luers (11-4) to a fourth straight Class 2A state championship.

The Knights have won 10 state titles, No. 2 in state history. Kyle Lindsay played quarterback on two championship teams in 1999 and 2001. He was also on the 2000 state runner-up team. He was an assistant coach on five state championship teams, in 2007 and 2009-12.

“Truthfully, not very long,” Kyle Lindsay said of wanting to be the Luers head coach. “There was a time when I was working on my degree at Dayton when I realized it might be possible.

“At the same time, there are a lot of good, hard-working coaches and people out there who would have loved to have the job. I am really honored and appreciative that it was offered to me, and I am excited for the future of the program.”

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