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Pfeil (AP)
Pfeil resigns as Memorial mat coach

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Brian Pfeil has resigned as head wrestling coach at Elkhart Memorial High School.

Pointing to family and day-time job obligations, Pfeil steps down after serving as the Crimson Chargers’ head coach for the 2012-13 season and 12 campaigns before that as an assistant for then-head coach Brian Seltzer.

“(Pfeil) has been an integral part of this program for a long time,” said Memorial athletic director Frank Kurth, who saw Memorial go 16-5 overall and 6-1 in Northern Lakes Conference dual meets and win a 12th straight NLC team title and the Chargers’ second straight team sectional championship. Seven wrestlers competed at the Fort Wayne Semistate

“I have had an outstanding experience here at Memorial,” said Pfeil. “However, my family (Brian and Pam Pfeil have three children — Kara, Alyssa and Micah) and job (at Dominion Products) make this role impossible.”

Pfeil, 40, made his decision after speaking to Kurth plus Memorial assistants Jim Iannarelli, Brian Weaver, Nick Corpe and Dan Bontrager — all former Charger wrestlers.

After decades as a wrestler and coach, Pfeil has no intentions of completely leaving the sport. He is still helping with off-season workouts at Memorial and the Indiana State Wrestling Association Regional Training Center at Jimtown High School.

“I will give what time I can. I still have a strong passion for wrestling and this program,” said Pfeil. “But with my time with my family/kids while they are growing up and competing in their activities is limited and when they are gone, they are gone.”

According to Elkhart Community Schools procedure, the job must be posted by the school system for seven days. Interested persons may also contact Kurth at or in the Memorial athletic office at 262-5633.