Kindbom Announces Retirement Following 2019 Season

Kindbom Announces Retirement Following 2019 Season

St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 11, 2019 – Washington University in St. Louis head football coach Larry Kindbom has announced his retirement following the conclusion of the 2019 season.

Kindbom, the all-time winningest coach in school history with a 186-116 (.616) overall record in 31 seasons, has guided WashU to three NCAA Playoff appearances and 13 conference titles in his tenure.

He ranks fifth in NCAA Division III in winningest active coaches, 21st in Division III history and 66th all-time in college football with 214 career victories. Kindbom is one of only 91 coaches, regardless of division, to surpass 200 wins in a career.

"Washington University has been my home and family for over 30 years," said Kindbom. "What I have learned is that my total focus is dedicated to the next play and the next play, so my thoughts are in preparation for our upcoming opponent. At some point, I will have time to reflect back to my time here."

Kindbom led WashU to 12 University Athletic Association (UAA) titles (1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) and the 2016 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) championship, in addition to three trips to the NCAA Division III Playoffs (1999, 2013, 2016).

He has mentored 33 All-Americans and 15 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in his time at WashU, including 2002 Draddy Trophy Award Winner Brandon Roberts. The Draddy Trophy, now referred to as the William V. Campbell Trophy, is considered the "Academic Heisman" across all NCAA Divisions.

"For the last 31 years, Larry has coached WashU football with enthusiasm and love while simultaneously representing integrity and character as one of the University's greatest ambassadors," said the John M. Schael Director of Athletics Anthony J. Azama."Very rarely do we see such sustained devotion to one institution in collegiate athletics. We have benefitted from Larry's leadership, passion for excellence, and unyielding commitment to our student-athletes during his three decades with the university. 

He is much more than a head coach. He is a teacher and a mentor who has changed the lives of countless student-athletes through his leadership, compassion and competitive spirit. He has nurtured the development of individuals who achieve great things both on and off the field."

This past year Kindbom led the Bears to an 8-2 overall record in the program's first season as an associate member in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). 

For his efforts Kindbom was named the CCIW Bob Reade Coach of the Year, D3football.comNorth Region Coach of the Year and AFCA Region 4 Coach of the Year. He was also selected as the 2018 Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team Honorary Coach. 

Kindbom is the only coach in school history to have guided 10 different WashU teams to seven or more wins, including a school record 9-1 mark in 1995.

KINDBOM HIGHLIGHTS
• 186-116 (.616) record in 31 seasons at WashU
• 214-146-1 (.594) record in 37 seasons as head coach
• Three NCAA Playoffs (1999, 2013, 2016)
• 12 UAA Championships (1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
• 2016 SAA Champion
• 2018 D3football.comNorth Region Coach of the Year
• 2018 AFCA Region 4 Coach of the Year
• 2018 Bob Reade CCIW Coach of the Year
• Eight-time UAA Coaching Staff of the Year (1995, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2012, 2013)
• 2018 Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team Honorary Coach
• 33 All-Americans
• 15 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
• 61 former players enrolled in medical school
• 2002 Draddy Trophy Award Winner (Brandon Roberts)

STATEMENT FOR ATTRIBUTION TO
JOHN SCHAEL, DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS (1978-2014)
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS

SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 

A believer in excellence in academics, athletics and personal standards, Larry Kindbom has done a remarkable job of turning the Washington University football program around and creating a culture that enables his teams to achieve sustained success. All of us who had the privilege to work with, to associate with or to be coached by Coach "K" have great appreciation for his dedicated, creative and effective leadership of football at Washington University.

STATEMENT FOR ATTRIBUTION TO
MARK S. WRIGHTON, (1995-2019)
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
SEPTEMBER 11, 2019
 

Coach Larry Kindbom has had a spectacular career at Washington University. His contributions to our football program are legendary, but he has done much more than have a highly successful football career. He has made a difference in the lives of many students, as a mentor, advisor, and advocate. Students throughout his tenure have benefited from his contributions to their lives, and these alumni have frequently shared with me the important role that Coach Kindbom made in their lives and careers. He has been an inspiring leader for all of WashU, and I have learned much from him in my own work. Coach Kindbom is an innovative and creative person, and he has always strived for excellence with integrity.

STATEMENT FOR ATTRIBUTION TO
MARK EDWARDS, MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH (1981-2018)
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 

Larry Kindbom has been a perfect fit for Washington University - a championship caliber coach, a true mentor to many, a committed colleague and a compassionate human being. He has grown the tradition of WashU Football as well as contributing to the quality of the educational experience for all students. There isn't a person on campus who hasn't benefited from his presence. He will be greatly missed, but always appreciated.