By Kristi Nixon

OSAGE — Early last week, Chris Kyhl and the Osage Community School District announced he would be the new head football coach for the Green Devils in 2023.

He succeeds Torian Wolf, who led Osage to district titles in the last two seasons but is looking to get closer to home in Minnesota.

Kyhl, who has been part of the Green Devils football program for the last seven years, was the defensive coordinator for the last five years.

“You know, I think being part of the program the last seven years, we’ve seen growth. I want to build on the success we’ve had,” Kyhl said. “I hope to augment it and keep improving little by little every year. Continue to make growth. The record may not be as good as it was last year. But I’m going to try to make improvements and make them better every day.”

He said he has no big plans to change the schemes that have made the Green Devils successful during the last few seasons.

“Every year, it’s been a philosophy, and I believe it: Fit the scheme with the players we have and not the other way around,” Kyhl said. “What we have for playmakers and in the trenches and build our offense. Defensively, I don’t see us changing much. We’ve run the same scheme, stay similar.”

Senior-to-be Max Knudsen, who has quarterbacked Osage to more than 3,000 passing yards and 37 touchdowns as a sophomore and junior, said briefly after the Green Devils’ district basketball final that he was excited about Kyhl’s hire and looking forward to it.

Kyhl said he met briefly with the team members who are returning after the announcement on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

“I wanted to get a chance to talk to them and paint my vision and hoping for what we want to do,” Kyhl said….

The entire story appears in the March 1 print and e-editions of the Enterprise Journal.

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