Mike Kuntz has resigned as Buchanan’s football coach.
Kuntz was 13-12 in three years at the helm, including a 7-3 record, the Lakeland Conference title and a Division 5 playoff berth in 2012.
“Coach Kuntz has influenced hundreds of students over his long coaching career,” Buchanan athletic director Fred Smith said. “Coach Kuntz is a class act. His teams were well coached, played hard and respected the game. He will be missed. I enjoyed working with him because he did everything the right way.”
Kuntz had been a football coach for 33 years. He was Clay’s coach for 25 years from 1987-2008 with a record of 113-119. His 2002 squad at Clay finished 11-3 and won the Class 4-A sectional and regional. That Colonial team lost to Fort Wayne Dwenger 17-14 in overtime in the semistate.
The 55-year-old Kuntz returned to coaching in 2011 for the opportunity to coach his son Bryan, who was Buchanan’s starting quarterback.
“I coached a lot of fine men at Buchanan,” Kuntz said. “I enjoyed my time there.”
Kuntz had no comment as for the reason for his resignation. And he said he’s not sure if he’ll coach again.
“I’ll step back and see what goes on and how I feel over the next few months,” Kuntz said. “By spring I’ll make a decision. I honestly don’t know. And I don’t know if I want to be a head coach again.”
Kuntz calls Doug Freeman, who was a two-way starter all three of his years as Buchanan head coach, “definitely the best player I’ve ever coached when you take into account offense, defense and the return game.”
Freeman finished with 4,306 career rushing yards. second to only Dowagiac’s Brent Lesniak (4,418) in area history.
Buchanan will begin a search for Kuntz’s replacement immediately.