Grace College men's basketball coach to retire after 42 seasons

Published: Feb. 18, 2019 at 4:32 PM EST
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It's the final stretch for Jim Kessler, the head men's basketball at Grace College. He announced Monday he will retire at the end of the season next month after spending 42 seasons at his alma mater.

"I think if I've done my job properly, then I can slip out the door and no one will know the difference," Kessler said.

His goal might be a hard one to achieve, considering his career is close to the 800-win mark, ranking him No. 1 among NAIA Division 2 active coaches. In 1992, he coached the Lancers to a NAIA national championship.

"I pray that my career can be best summed up by my life versus on the floor," he remarked. "The ultimate measure of winning is assessed by what life is about, which is living in a way that brings honor to Jesus Christ."

Scott Moore, the associate head coach and Kessler's former point guard, will take over the team after the National Christian College Athletic Association tournament in March.

"Thank you for mentoring me, for loving me and for giving me this opportunity," Moore stated. "You will for always be my coach, and I will forever be your point guard."

The Grace College president and athletic director agreed Kessler's legacy will be evident in the years to come.

Kessler will remain on staff as the assistant to the athletic director.