Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

April 29, 2014

Kellar named new KHS Football Coach

By Perry Bell
The Journal Express

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Eric Kellar has coached football for 14 years at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont.

The last 13 as the head coach.

He will soon be departing the Rocket program and head to Knoxville to replace Troy Rider as head Knoxville varsity football coach and physical education teacher at the high school.

Kellar reached by phone replied, “I look forward to a new challenge. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Knoxville athletics.

“The current coaches I have already talked to give me a good feeling coming in, that the kids are hungry to get better.”

Kellar, who is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State, and his wife Michelle, have two children. The family makes their home in Pella, where Michelle is employed as a counseling director at Central College.

The couple have a sophomore daughter, Molly, and a son who is in second grade, Jay.

Kellar realizes the battle ahead will not be an easy one as he is familiar with a few of the teams the Panthers will face on the schedule.

Add in the fact the Panthers are coming off an 0-9 campaign in 2013.

When asked how you turn an 0-9 program around, he replied, “That’s a good question. The biggest thing is for the players and the coaches to buy into what I bring. It starts in the weight room during the off-season. The kids need to give 100 percent every play and we need to build team chemistry.”

For the rest of the story pick up a copy of the May 2, Knoxville Journal-Express.