FORT WAYNE – Kyle Lindsay and Jason Doerffler weren’t exactly born to be football coaches, but saying they were wouldn’t be much of an exaggeration. The coaches’ teams play tonight in a battle of young, up-and-coming leaders of at Bishop Luers and Northrop.
Lindsay and Doerffler traveled similar paths to become head coach. Both are sons of football coaches, were three-year standouts at quarterback while playing for their fathers, both served coaching apprenticeships at their current school and both played college baseball.
It is has led to where they are today – the young leading the younger.
Lindsay is the son of former Bishop Luers football coach and athletic director Matt Lindsay, while Doerffler is the offspring of Dean Doerffler, who is the current Concordia athletic director and was the football coach at Concordia and Northrop. His uncles are Dale and Buzz Doerffler, who coached football at North Side and Northrop, respectively.
Lindsay, 30, played at Luers from 1999 to 2001 and won two state championships in three appearances, while Doerffler, 26, played from 2003 to 2005.
I know Jason was a real student of the game, Dean said. He knew what every position, including linemen, their assignments were and what they had to do. If something broke down, he would know what it was and would be able to come over and say this happened and that happened. He had a good sense of what was going on. Of course, we would talk about it a lot at home or driving back and forth to practice.
After high school, Lindsay played college baseball at Dayton, and Doerffler at IPFW. Both coaches served as offensive coordinator for their programs before becoming head coach.
I thought the possibility was there when he was a young quarterback because one of his strengths as a quarterback was he was always a good team leader that developed over the course of his career, Matt Lindsay said of Kyle.
It does not surprise me that (Jason) chose to go that route, Dean said. He was the kind of kid growing up that just loved sports and everything involved around sports. He’s a sports nut.
Matt Lindsay spent 33 years coaching football at his alma mater, with Kyle eventually becoming the leader of a team that included current NFL player Anthony Spencer.
He has been around that program since he was in diapers, literally, Matt said. There is something to be said about coaches’ kids that go into that. It’s in their blood, so to speak. There’s something to be said about successful quarterbacks, who a lot of times make good coaches because they are students of the game, and they know what everybody is supposed to do on offense, and they understand the philosophy of the defense across from them.
Jason Doerffler falls right into that too, son of a coach and a successful quarterback. I am not surprised he is a head coach at a young age.
Doerffler played three sports at Concordia, all in a key leadership position – quarterback in football, point guard in basketball and shortstop in baseball.
He wasn’t real vocal, Dean said of his son’s playing style. He was more I am going to work hard and get the job done,’ more of a leader by example than verbal. The kids respected him because he wasn’t an in-your-face guy; he was just let’s go out and get the job done.