Brian Kader is a graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute.
He received his start in coaching at his alma mater, serving as head coach at the modified and junior varsity levels, after taking part in the coaching education program at Boston University.
So it’s fitting his first varsity head coaching job in football will be at Springville.
Kader, 37, was appointed as the program’s head coach during a school board meeting Tuesday. He will replace Mark Heichberger, who coached last year.
Kader takes over a program that’s gone 0-16 the past two years. He moves over from assistant coach, as he called defense last year. He’s had two stints with the program – 2005-09 and 2015-present.
“Springville is my alma mater,” Kader said. “I’m a 2001 graduate. It’s a job that I’ve always had some fondness for. It’s always been a job I’ve always had an eye toward. I’ve been the modified head coach, the JV head coach and now the varsity head coach.”
Kader returned to the program when Eric Jantzi took over as head coach – when the Griffins went 7-1 and won a division title. Kader stayed once Rob Valenti took the varsity reins a second time when Jantzi stepped down in 2017.