Coach Burchard is a legend, and I couldn’t top what has already been written, so I won’t even try. Instead, I point you to this great article from The Missourian, which illustrates the life and career of Coach Burchard.
Jim Kessler leaves his legendary coaching career with 780 career victories, 10 conference championships, a Division II National Championship, 9 trips to the NAIA National Tournament, and had 18 total 20 win seasons.
Here is the complete list of coaching changes at the NAIA level thus far:
A lot of new faces and first time head coaches on this list, but also a few big time names on the move to new schools. NAIA always has a fascinating coaching carousel, and I enjoy seeing good assistants get their shots at Head jobs. There are quite a few assistants now that are well deserving of head coaching jobs, and are just looking for good opportunities. The NAIA has a ton of really good head coaches, both young, old, and everything in-between. As the Summer moves on, I will feature a few of the great head coaches we have at the NAIA level, as well as update this list as schools hire new coaches.