• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 32 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 176 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles

Rich Kacmarynski ‘92


Rich Kacmarynski '92

Ardently committed to the student-athlete ideal, Kacmarynski earned distinction at Central as both a football player and a coach. He was a 1992 honors graduate, later receiving a master’s degree at Iowa State University. A first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American and NCAA postgraduate scholar, Kacmarynski was the 1991 Iowa Conference and team MVP as a fullback. He rushed for 2,725 career yards and 37 touchdowns while helping Central gain three NCAA playoff berths and play in the 1988 Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

Kacmarynski was a three-time all-Iowa Conference honoree and Central team co-captain, receiving the school’s O’Donnell Award as most valuable freshman, Mentink Award for leadership and sportsmanship, Lankelma Award as the outstanding underclass player and Heerema-Schilder blanket as team MVP.

He was selected as an inaugural member of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served a year as the national chair.

Earlier Kacmarynski starred for Mallard High School and in 2005 he was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Football Hall of Fame.

After five years as an assistant, Kacmarynski succeeded his college coach Ron Schipper, compiling a lofty 62-15 (.805) record from 1997-2003, piloting the Dutch to four NCAA playoff berths and four league titles. He was named the NCAA Division III West Region coach of the year in 1998 and won league coaching honors in 1998 and 2000.

He served as an assistant at Pella Christian High School for two seasons, then spent the 2006-07 campaigns as offensive coordinator at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke. Kacmarynski has served as Pella Christian’s head coach since 2008, leading the program to its first state playoff berths in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Eagles have also claimed three straight district titles and have compiled a 25-7 record during Kacmarynski’s tenure.

Kacmarynski’s wife, Mindi (Remsburg), was also a CoSIDA Academic All-American as a softball player at Central. They have five children.

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