Physical Education Teacher and Coach
Coach Kimbrook Tennal graduated from Sabetha High School in 1971. He was voted the athlete of the year by his coaches and peers after participating in football, wrestling and track. Tennal went from there to Peru State College where he lettered as a freshman in football, wrestling and track. He left Peru and attended Washburn University for one semester. After getting married that summer he transferred to Southwestern College where started in football after a redshirt year. Tennal played fullback and defensive end for the Moundbuilders earning his fourth college football letter. He also threw the javelin in track and was the KCAC champion in that event his junior year with a throw of 201' 10".
Coach Tennal graduated from Southwestern College with BS degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. After graduating he went back to school that summer and picked up a 9 hour class that certified him to teach drivers education.
Over Tennal's 40 years as a teacher and coach he has attended multiple conferences and workshops dealing with both coaching and physical education. He recently renewed his teaching certificate after completing a class and writing a 38 page paper on Reclaiming Youth at Risk. One of the required books in this class was Shadow Children. It begins with a heartwrenching story of a young boy who commits suicide because as he stated in his suicide note "I don't want no one to love any more!" The boy was one of so many these days who is the victim of destructive relationships. Schools now days are so caught up in technology and cramming information down kids throats that we forget that what so many kids at risk need is someone to care about them. I would like to make a difference in a child's life before my career is over because he or she knows that I care about them and even love them. At risk kids need to be saved and it isn't technology that will get that done. It is caring loving teachers who can make a differece in a child's life.
Hi! I am Coach Kimbrook Tennal but everyone around here just calls me Coach. This is my 40th year as a teacher and coach in Kansas and my 18th year as a teacher in Centralia. I coached one year in Centralia while I was still teaching in Seneca where I taught for 20 years. Most of the past 40 years I have taught K-12 PE, but I did teach English one year and 6th grade another year. I still feel sorry for those kids even though they loved me as an English teacher. That is probably because I tried to make it fun and didn't pile on the homework. I teach a weight lifting class, a fitness class that is mostly just playing fun games with lots of movement, 9th grade Health and PE and all the elementary PE classes at Centralia Schools.
I taught my first two years in Western Kansas at Grinnell Public Schools before teaching twenty years for Nemaha Valley. In college I played football, wrestled and ran track. To earn money for college and to survive I dug trees by hand at a nursery and threw hay bales for farmers. Those experiences taught me that hard work pays off and I have worked hard as a teacher and coach my entire career.
I have been married to the same person for almost 42 years now. When two people are married and they have the same name, I guess it is destiny that they stay together. My three children all played sports for Centralia High School. Right now I have 5 grandchildren that love dearly.
The past two summers I have ridden my bike a total of 2600 hundred plus miles. We put over 100,000 miles on our Prius in less than three years.