Mike Kirschner to lead Mt. Vernon football program


At a special meeting Jan. 18, Mt. Vernon Community School Corp. Supt. Shane Robbins recommended Mike Kirschner as the next head football coach at Mt. Vernon High School.

From left, Mike McCarty, MVCSC Board assistant secretary, Coach Mike Kirschner, MVCSC Board President Shannon Walls, Kellie Freeman, MVCSC Board first vice president and Supt. Shane Robbins. (Submitted photo)

Kirschner comes to Mt. Vernon after an 18-year tenure at Ben Davis High School, where he spent the past 11 years as head football coach. While at Ben Davis, Kirschner was part of two state titles as an assistant coach under retired coach Dick Dullaghan. As head coach, Kirschner led the Giants to Class 6A state championships in 2014 and 2017 6A state.

Kirschner has garnered numerous team and personal highlights, including:

  • 5 sectional championships (2008, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017)
  • 4 regional championships (2008, 2014, 2016, 2017)
  • 2 semistate championships (2014, 2017)
  • 2 state championships (2014, 2017)
  • 3 MIC championships (2012, 2013, 2017)
  • Marion County Coach of the Year (2011, 2016, 2017)
  • IFCA Coach of the Year (2014, 2017)
  • MaxPreps Indiana Coach of the Year (2014)
  • Head coach of the Indiana North/South All-Star Game (2013)
  • Assistant coach of the Indiana North/South All-Star Game (2012)
  • Assistant coach defensive line – Army All-American Game (2015)
  • Head coach – Army All-American Game (2017)
  • Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Finalist (2014, 2017)
  • Army All-American Bowl Coach of the Year Finalist (2018)

“While the accolades were impressive, the humility coach Kirschner displayed throughout the process only increased our excitement for what he may bring to our students and community,” Robbins said. “We look forward to the leadership that coach Kirschner will bring to the Marauder family. As a coach, teacher, father and motivational speaker, coach Kirschner has had a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of people throughout his career and will undoubtedly leave his mark on (Mt. Vernon).”

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