Schindler Looks to Carry on Winning Tradition at Frankfort

FRANKFORT – A familiar face has returned to the Frankfort sidelines this fall.

Ed Schindler, a 1989 Frankfort graduate and former Elk Rapids coach, takes over for longtime coach Matt Stapleton who retired last December after 21 seasons.

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.

“There’s no one on the team that I haven’t coached, so I was fortunate to be able to work with Coach Stapleton for a couple years before coming in,” Schindler said. “That’s not been the case the last two programs that I worked with.”

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

“It’s been pretty smooth,” Frankfort sophomore Griffin Anderson said. “He’s more like schedule this, schedule that instead of planning things in practice, so that’s been nice.”

Frankfort opens its season at Evart on Friday, Aug. 30.

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