In his 27-year career as football coach at Mukwonago High School, Keith Hensler led his teams to 199 victories, eight conference championships, qualified 15 times for state playoffs, and won the 2004 WIAA state football championship.
On Aug. 29, a reunion celebration is being planned for that 2004 state championship team during the game against Lake Geneva Badger, the same team Hensler is coaching on as part of his son’s staff. That night, the Mukwonago High School football field will be named, the Keith Hensler Field.
"When you name a field, or building, or anything, really what you’re doing is honoring or celebrating excellence," MHS athletic director Andy Trudell explained to the Mukwonago School Board on June 23.
Hensler served as assistant coach from 1976 to 1978, and head coach from 1979 to 2005. His teams averaged 7.4 wins per season when a regular high school football season contains nine games.
"That tells you how amazing that number is," Trudell pointed out. "I think that’s just a smidgen of the greatness of Coach Hensler."
Hensler started the youth football program, the Mukwonago Braves, which today has more than 300 student athletes participating. He started the original MHS strength program, which this summer, is packed with 500 kids, along with football and golf camps.
"Keith was a leader in pushing character education through MHS athletics," Trudell said. "He always had students first in the student athlete phrase."
The school board approved moving forward with naming the football field after Keith Hensler, but reserved the right to approve any signage. Plans for the Aug. 29 reunion celebration are still being finalized.
Read the complete story in the Living Mukwonago Chief.