Kalen Coats, a senior at Gordon-Rushville High School, signed on to play football for Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, North Dakota. The Trinity Bible College football Lions and Head Coach Dustin Morgan signed Western Nebraska standout Coats on Tuesday, March 13.
Kalen is a 5’ 10”, 180 pound running back, who ran the ball 131 times for 1,229 yards, an astounding 9.4 yards per carry, and accumulated 21 touchdowns his senior year. Kalen also rang up 16 receptions for 179 yards, an 11.2 average, a longest of 30, and three touchdowns; leaving him with 19.9 yards receiving per game.
Kalen finished his senior year with a plethora of awards, including: WTC All-Conference team, All-State honorable mention, Star Herald All-Region team, Billy Mills Club 1000 yard rusher, and Class C1-10 All-District team. He also finished his brilliant career with five school records: most rushing yards in a season, most rushing yards in career, most touchdowns in a season, most touchdowns in career, and most points scored in season and career.
Kalen joins a Lions team that is coming off its second best record in school history at 5-5 and he will no doubt be “in the mix,” according to Coach Morgan, when vying for playing time as a true freshman. “Kalen adds an element to our already talented backfield that will only compliment what we already have in place. We are very excited about his speed, explosiveness, and his work ethic!”
“Kalen decided to follow God’s path for him instead of what he planned on before. He is going to study to be a youth pastor, and we are very proud of him,” said his parents Marvin and Janet of Gordon.
Coats is grateful to the Gordon-Rushville coaching staff for everything they have done in getting him this far.