Longtime football coach Curtis leaves Mishawaka to lead Warsaw
WARSAW, Ind. - The high school football coaching ranks endured a bit of a shakeup in Northern Indiana on Tuesday night.
Longtime Mishawaka head coach Bart Curtis was introduced as the new head coach at Warsaw.
New @Warsaw_Tigers head football coach Bart Curtis was introduced tonight after 10 years at Mishawaka. He replaces Phil Jensen, who tells me it was a “Great hire for the Tigers!"— Matt Randall (@mattrandall_) February 14, 2018
Curtis, whose hire was approved at a special board meeting on Tuesday, moves to lead the Tigers after spending 10 seasons with the Cavemen.
While at Mishawaka, Curtis was a part of multiple sectional championships as well as a run to the 2012 state championship game. He boasts 201 career victories and eight sectional championships.
At an introductory press conference that Warsaw streamed on social media, Curtis said the toughest part of the decision was leaving the school he called home for so long.
THANK YOU MISHAWAKA— coach curtis (@cavemenfbcoach) February 14, 2018
community, school, parents, past players & coaches
3 children are proud cavemen graduates
Blessed to lead @MishawakaFB17 for 3,689 days
MANY great times & HUGE games@SCMMHSCavemen has a special spot in our hearts
Excited for challenge with @WarsawTigerFB
While he moves to a new school, Curtis will be already be familiar with part of his new staff. His son, Michael Curtis is currently serving as the offensive line coach for the Tigers.
Even if we didn’t share a last name, I would still be thrilled to welcome this man to Warsaw.— Michael Curtis (@MrCurtisWCHS) February 14, 2018
-201 career wins
-8 sectional titles
-Indiana Football H.O.F.
I am excited to see the impact you will have on these young men. Welcome to the Warsaw football family, @cavemenfbcoach pic.twitter.com/G1D4voMXoC
Curtis fills a vacancy at Warsaw left by Phil Jensen, who retired from coaching high school football in December 2017. Jensen, the first Warsaw coach to lead the Tigers to a playoff victory, passed the 100-win mark in his career this past season.