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Grace Coach Honored for Character

Apr 3, 2005

This morning’s Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette newspaper announces that Grace College basketball coach Jim Kessler, who recently won his 500th career game, has been named the winner of the 2004-2005 Coach of Character Award by the NAIA.

Kessler, who is currently in his 28th year at the Indiana college, is the first recipient of the award and was recognized for his commitment to serving others, including taking his teams on more than a dozen international outreach basketball camps and making extensive contributions on campus and in the local community of Warsaw/Winona Lake.

Kessler will be officially recognized on June 4 at a Citizenship Through Sports Alliance Awards Dinner in Saint Louis, MO, and at the 65th Annual NAIA National Convention in San Diego next spring.

He will also be honored with a banquet at Grace College on Saturday, April 16.

The complete NAIA news release may be read at