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Tag: Jon Kitna


Up next: A look back at the first week of Lincoln’s Jon Kitna

Every once in a while, with extensive planning and a massive amount of access and co-operation, newspaper are able to do what we will showcase Friday in our sports section.

An authentic slice-of-life portrait, peeking into somebody’s life.

In this case, it is Jon Kitna, the 15-year NFL veteran quarterback who retired last season from the Dallas Cowboys, and was hired to be the new football coach at Lincoln High School, his alma mater.

I approached Kitna in the middle of the summer about the possibility of us following him around the week leading up to the Abes’ first game

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Football: Public invited to hear Lincoln coach Kitna talk about Abes program on April 25

The public is invited to hear new Lincoln High football coach Jon Kitna talk about his vision for the Abes football program at 6 p.m. April 25 at the school’s auditorium.

Here’s the release:

Come hear Lincoln head football coach Jon Kitna speak, Wednesday, April 25th from 6-7 p.m., in the Lincoln High School Auditorium.

He will share his vision for the football program. Where he sees Lincoln now, what’s new, the direction the program is headed and how Lincoln Alumni and Lincoln Abe supporters can partner with him.

There will be a tour of the newly remodeled weight room

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Football: Coaching carousel spinning at high-speed in South Sound

There’s been a lot of coaching turnover among football teams in the South Sound the past few months – more than I can remember in recent years.

Here’s what I can remember on this Saturday night. If you know of others, chime in.

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Kitna, wife donate $150K worth of weight room equipment to Lincoln High

Lincoln High is getting new weight-room equipment, thanks to Jon and Jennifer Kitna.

The equipment is valued at $150,000.

Jon Kitna, if you’ve been living under a rock, was named Lincoln’s football coach in January.

Because the gift exceeds a certain dollar amount — I admit, I don’t know the threshold — it must be approved by the School Board. Not surprisingly, Tacoma’s assistant superintendent recommends that the Board of Directors accept the gift. The next meeting is Feb. 23.
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Rounding up the Kitna news, plus coaching staff news

Here’s the story written by myself and education reporter Debbie Cafazzo that ran in Friday’s paper.

Here’s video from Thursday’s news conference.

And here are some nuggets that didn’t make it into the story:

Kitna has already put together some pieces of a coaching staff. Here

— Eric Boles, a 1988 Foss graduate who played receiver at CWU when Kitna was there and later in the NFL.

— Tony Brooks, a 1990 Mount Tahoma graduate who played receiver at EWU and in the Canadian Football League

— Evan Brady, an honorable mention all-American linebacker at EWU in 1994

— Kitna’s brother Matt and father Martin will also be on staff.
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Football: Kitna plans to make Abes a state, national power

Here’s a quick-and-dirty recap of Lincoln alumn Jon Kitna’s introductory press conference. I’ll post more later tonight, but I’ve got to cover Puyallup High offensive lineman Joshua Garnett’s college announcement at 3 p.m.

Jon Kitna’s vision for Lincoln High football is big.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon to introduce the 1991 graduate as head football coach of his alma mater, Kitna spoke about using sports to produce men of integrity and future leaders.

He also stated an ambitious and inspiring goal to turn Lincoln into one of the top football programs in the Northwest.

“A program that will be relevant and competitive statewide within five years,” he said, “and nationally within 10 years.”
More than 100 people, including a few former mayors, local politicians old classmates and teachers, crammed the library at Lincoln to listen to Kitna speak.

Kitna’s vision for success goes far beyond the football field.
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Lincoln will introduce Jon Kitna as its head football coach on Thursday

Lincoln High will announce Jon Kitna Thursday as the Abes head football coach.

Kitna, a Lincoln graduate, will be introduced at a news conference at 1 p.m. in the school’s library.

Kitna, who retired this month after a 15-year career as a NFL quarterback, returned to Lincoln earlier this week as a part-time math teacher. Kitna graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in math education.

Kitna has been open about his desire to lead a high school football team.

“My wife and I always felt like these years in the NFL have prepared us for what our real calling in life is going to be as teachers and running a high school football program,” Kitna told The News Tribune in December.
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