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Dinsdale stepping down after 13 seasons

June 12, 2016
STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD , Reinbeck Courier

DES MOINES - Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck head coach Kirk Dinsdale put up the second bookend to a storied career Saturday, coaching the Rebels (18-3) to a Class 1A third-place finish at the state tournament, winning 1-0 against Iowa City Regina.

As the Rebels gathered around behind their bench, most sitting, some standing in the back, Dinsdale informed his team this was his final year coaching soccer.

"I've known it for quite some time," Dinsdale said. "I made the decision a long time ago because I didn't want there to be emotions playing into it. I didn't want to come down here and get beat and be made and say I'm quitting. And I didn't want to come down and win a state championship and say this is great, I'm going to go another year. I wanted to make a decision and I did."

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Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck head coach Kirk Dinsdale offers up a high-five to assistant coach Jon Dinsdale after the Rebels’ 1-0 win against Iowa City Regina during Saturday’s Class 1A third-place soccer match in Des Moines.
Photo by Ross Thede

It was seven years ago Dinsdale took his first Rebel team to the state tournament. A fourth-place finish in 2009 left him hungry for more, yearning to get back for another shot at a state title.

And while it took a while to get back, and during his 13-year span of being a head coach, Dinsdale never got that state title. In 2015, the Rebels returned to the James W. Cownie Soccer Park and took third, a 4-3 win against Council Bluffs St. Albert.

This year, a header in the final six minutes by junior Erik Knaack gave the Rebels the lone goal the needed to repeat as the third best team in Class 1A.

"The last two years, we did win the last game of the season," Dinsdale said. "The previous 11 years, we got beat that last game of the season. So whether it was the first round of substate, second round of substate, semifinals of the state tournament, we still lost that last game. I know it's for third and fourth, but it's still an awesome feeling."

The 50-year-old coach also saw three of his sons come and go through the Rebel soccer program. Senior Colton Dinsdale, the youngest of the three, concluded his four-year campaign with a win and will leave with his father on one of the highest notes in the past four years.

"He's my father and all, and it's pretty cool with him," Colton said. "He gets stressed out during the soccer season a lot. And now having him stress-free, going out with the 'W', not having to worry about soccer anymore, is good for him."

Jon Dinsdale, the Rebels' assistant coach and nephew to Kirk, said he hopes to take over the reins next year for the team.

"I got other things in my life that I need to do," Dinsdale said. "It's just time to move on."

 
 

 

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