Schindler Takes Over at Frankfort

FRANKFORT – Frankfort announced the hiring of former Elk Rapids head coach Ed Schindler as its football coach on Thursday.

A 1989 Frankfort graduate, Schindler takes over for longtime coach Matt Stapleton who retired in December after 21 seasons.

“I feel like it’s my purpose, life purpose to try to help kids start on the path,” Schindler said. “To come back, that’s everybody’s dream to come back to their hometown where you were on a successful football team and be able to be the head coach.”

Before being dismissed in 2016, Schindler’s Elk Rapids teams went 56-50, with seven playoff appearances and the 2010 Lake Michigan Conference championship over 11 seasons.

Prior to taking the head coaching job at Elk Rapids, Schindler, a Western Michigan University graduate, coached at Whitmore Lake and turned that program around.

Stapleton is continuing in his role as Frankfort High School principal after going 166-69 over 21 seasons and leading the Panthers to 19 playoff appearances.

Stapleton’s team’s captured 11 district championships, three regional titles and reached the MHSAA Division 8 state semifinals on three occasions, including back-to-back appearances in 2008 and 2009.

“Any Frankfort football coach is stepping into big shoes, and so there’s a certain amount of pressure that for sure comes with that and when you’re coaching in a town that’s had the experience that I had as a player and players have had since then,” Schindler said. “You want to be able to give your players the experience that you had.”

Schindler inherits a Frankfort team that went 5-5 in 2018 and recorded its fifth straight playoff appearance.

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