Hopkins’ Kisner accepts head coaching job at Fresno Pacific

Leo Martonosi

During his prep playing days, Tim Kisner established himself as one of Hopkins’ best all-around athletes.
One sport in which Kisner never competed while in high school was swimming … and that was probably because the Vikings never had a pool.
But Kisner sure is making some big waves now.
After serving as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Lake Superior University for four years and one year as head coach at Tri-County High School, Kisner has decided to take his coaching talents out west to Fresno Pacific University.
“I couldn’t be more excited with the opportunity God has given us,” said Kisner, 36, who became the first NCAA Division I four-year athlete from Hopkins when he played hoops at Central Michigan University.
Having great relationships with his players is just as important as pushing his guys to be better than they ever thought they could be, according to Kisner.
“Those are the highlights of my coaching career,” he said.
Kisner doesn’t pattern himself after any coach or person.
“I am just trying to be the best I can at being me,” he said. “However, my dad has had a great influence on my life in a lot of ways. He put the ball in my hands at a very young age and I have loved this game and the opportunities it has given me.”
Kisner played and worked with some very good coaches during the years.
“Every one of them all played a role in some way of helping to shape me as a coach,” Kisner said. “The last four years with Steve Hettinga up at Lake State have been a blessing.”
Fresno Pacific University is an NCAA Division II school comparable to Grand Valley State University.
Kisner said it wasn’t that hard to pack up his belonging for his latest life challenge.
“God led us there,” said Kisner, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree from Ohio University. “We’re extremely excited for this challenge and opportunity. My long-time goal is to be the best possible servant leader that I can on a daily basis.”

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