700+ WINS

Kessler became just the 45th coach in the history of men's college basketball to reach the 700 plateau when he beat Concordia on Oct. 31, 2014.

17 NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS

9 NAIA Tournaments.

8 NCCAA Tournaments.

10 LEAGUE TITLES

18 wins of 20+ wins.

3 seasons with 30+ wins.

1992 NAIA CHAMPIONSHIP

Grace 85, Northwestern, IA 79 (OT).

Stephenville, Texas

NATIONAL AWARDS

NAIA National Coach of the Year - 1992

NCCAA National Coach of the Year - 1983, 1992

NCCAA Hall of Fame

NABC Guardians of the Game - 2006

NAIA Coach of Character - 2005
Court Coach - USA Basketball - 2013

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"I am honored to be recognized by the NAIA and my peers. This is not something I set out to do when I began coaching, but I'm thankful the Lord blessed my work at Grace. I have been blessed with supportive presidents, administrations and athletic directors who have stood by me through the ups and downs of a coaching career. No one achieves anything of note without the contributions of others, and I have countless people to thank for this award." ​

- Jim Kessler

 
 
 

Jim "Coach K" Kessler

2016 NAIA Hall of Fame Inductee
Grace College Men's Basketball Coach

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016,

Coach K becomes

"Coach K - NAIA Hall of Famer"

 

#CongratsCoachK