(New Carlisle, IN) - Four New Prairie football players have received All-State honors from the Indiana Football Coaches Association.
Lineman and sometimes-fullback Jacob Mrozinski, running back Noah Mungia, and linebacker Tayvion Ortman were named to the Senior All-State team. Junior quarterback Marshall Kmiecik was named Junior All-State.
They led the Cougars to a 13-2 record and a trip to the State Championships at Lucas Oil Field.
New Prairie head coach Casey McKim says individual achievement and team success go hand in hand. “You can’t have the success that we’ve had without really good football players,” he said, “and the opposite is true as well—as you have more success, you know, you’re going to get more recognition for your abilities and achievements you’ve had, so really it’s a testament to the young men and the effort and the work they’ve put in.”
An even bigger honor perhaps was earned by someone on McKim’s coaching staff. Bill Gumm was named Indiana’s Assistant Coach of the Year by the IFCA.
Gumm took over offensive play-calling duties this year, with some explosive results. The Cougars scored over 30 points in eleven of their victories. But McKim says Coach Gumm’s role as an assistant went way beyond X’s and O’s. “He just brings so much to the table on our staff in terms of experience, the relationships that he has with people, families that he knows, just everything across the board,” said McKim, who is just in his third year of head coaching. “He’s helped me so much to grow as a head coach and he cares about our young men and what they do on the field as well as off the field.”
Gumm has been a fixture in the New Prairie football program for 22 years. He is now in the running for National Assistant Coach of the year, which will be voted on in the near future.