Champions’ Locker Room – Mike Kirschner, Ben Davis HS

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by Jeff Fisher

Ben Davis Giants footballLast season, Ben Davis High School captured its eighth overall Indiana high school football championship and finished #24 in the High School Football America Top 25.

Today, we continue Coach Chris Fore‘s Champions’ Locker Room series with Giants head coach Mike Kirschner.

Below is an excerpt of Coach Fore’s interview with Coach Kirschner

Question: What does your football program do differently from other programs in your league, conference, state that helped you win a State Championship?

Mike Kirschner: I do not know that we do that much differently but believe one of the things we do well that helps is our weight room and our speed development program. We lift 4 days per week in class and 4 days per week after school. Our football players from December to the end of February are lifting twice per day four times per week. Starting in April and running through may they lift 4 days per week in class, 2 days per week after school (Tuesday and Thursday), and we have 6am speed development every Monday and Friday before school.

Question: What do you consider to be the most important aspect of your state championship?

Mike Kirschner: Athletic development and our leadership program – the leadership program is a year round process of meetings, social events, community service, etc. Our players come from socially and economically disadvantaged areas and the need for character development and leadership qualities is in great demand.

To read the entire interview, please click here to go to the story on Coach Fore’s website.

Also, you can listen to my interview with Kirschner from September 18, 2014 on the High School Football America Radio Show below.


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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.