TOPEKA, Kan. – One of Maggie Steele’s biggest fans and greatest-ever pole-vault coaches, Kimbrook Tennal of Centralia, has been named to the Class of 2020 Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame.
Tennal, who retired this past summer, coached volleyball, basketball as well as track in his 43-year tenure at Nemaha Valley and Centralia High Schools.
Perhaps the biggest tribute ever written about the young adult sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon came from Coach Tennal, who wrote these words as a moonlighting sports columnist for the Centralia’s weekly newspaper, The Courier-Tribune:
“I loved the book and I wish I had written it,” Tennal wrote. “I consider that about as high a compliment on the book as I can make.”
“Maggie counts Coach Tennal as one of her all-time best supporters,” said author Grant Overstake. “His records as a coach speak for itself, and his success as a pole-vault coach is over the moon. His impact on the lives of the hundreds of young people he coached can’t be measured. Certainly, he is worthy of the state’s highest award.”Continue reading