Tuesday, April 9, 2013

In Remembrance...Rest in Peace, Coach Kulla.

Tomorrow, on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, Mannford Public Schools will not be in session. Superintendent, Dr. Steve Waldvogel, cancelled classes in honor and memorium of the loss of Coach John Kulla. And just before 2pm, our community will be filing through the doors of the high school gym to remember this great man. Coach Kulla was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which is a degenerative brain disorder, very similar to that of mad cow disease.

Coach Kulla was one of my teachers in high school. He was always one of my favorites. Heck, he was a favorite of everyone. He was always quick to smile, laugh, crack a joke...even a few bad ones. You couldnt help but laugh with him. The passion that he had for teaching, coaching, and just being a mentor to every single student that passed through the doors of Mannford High School was a true testament to the man he was. His "Pirate Pride" was down right infectious and the spirit that he held for our school was phenomenal.

It is just unbelievable and heartbreaking that we are saying "goodbye" to him. His loss will be felt for many years to come. So, stand and raise your helmets or hands to honor our Coach; because though he is gone, rest assured he is up on that big football field in the sky, yelling for our team and cheering us on.


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