By David Nordby
The Brillion News
MANITOWOC – Current Brillion High School Principal and longtime football and basketball head coach Pete Kittel was inducted into the Lakeshore All Sports Hall of Fame last week.
Kittel’s enshrinement was a part of the fortieth annual induction ceremony for the Lakeshore All Sports Hall of Fame.
The former state-champion coach in both football and basketball spoke for just a few minutes, but was honored by the induction.
Kittel joined Keith Bonde, Pete Holmes, Mark B. Miller, John Stelzer and Patrick Stapleton in this year’s class.
The induction is the latest in a busy year for Kittel, where he’s been consistently recognized for his long tenure in Brillion.
Kittel was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame last fall and was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame last month.
“It’s been quite a year … But it goes well beyond just me,” Kittel said true to his nature. “I’ve had a lot of great assistants, a lot of support. A lot of people are part of this recognition.”
Kittel took over as Brillion’s basketball coach in 1989 when he was only 26 years old and led the basketball team to eight conference championships, three state tournament appearances and a state championship in 2012 before retiring in 2014.
Kittel took over Brillion’s football team in 1992 and accumulated a 156-77 record – a nearly 67 winning percentage – as head coach. Kittel’s football teams were conference champions five times, had 15 playoff appearances and won three state championships in 2003, 2004 and 2010.
Kittel’s teams also were awarded the WIAA Sportsmanship Award three separate times.
To honor Kittel’s three hall of fame inductions Brillion High School held “Pete Kittel Recognition Night” before a home basketball game against Two Rivers on February 19.
Please see the complete story in the May 5, 2016 edition of The Brillion News.