German continues career at Wabash
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:00 PM
Wabash alumnus Charley German will join the Little Giant football coaching staff this fall after a successful 25-year career as the head coach at North Montgomery High School.
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Wabash College head football coach Erik Raeburn (left) chats with Charley German. German will join Raeburn's staff in August to coach tight ends for the Little Giants team.
German, who will serve as tight ends coach at Wabash, led North Montgomery to an overall record of 174-94 during his two stints as head coach. He won back-to-back Indiana High School Athletic Association championships in 1995 and 1996 in Class 2A, along with three sectional, two regional, and two semi-state titles.
"I'm thrilled to be able to add someone like Charley to our staff," Wabash head football coach Erik Raeburn said. "It's difficult to find coaches with his depth of experience. That is a real advantage not only for our staff but our football team."
German started a 41-year teaching career at Darlington Middle School in 1973 while also serving as a varsity assistant coach at North Montgomery High School. He became the Chargers' head coach in 1983 and remained in that position until 1999. He took over duties as North Montgomery's athletics director in 2000, serving in that role until 2006 when he once again took over the football head coaching duties before resigning in March. He retired from his position as social sciences teacher at the high school in June 2014.
"I'm excited for this new opportunity," German said. "I still want to be involved in coaching young football players. This is great chance to continue to be involved in something I love.
"Being an alumnus and having remained in the area as a teacher and coach, I understand the level of excellence Coach Raeburn's program achieves each season. I'm looking forward to continuing the experience of coaching football. I'm also looking forward to being a part of the excitement that Wabash football generates."
German played quarterback at Fountain Central High School. He was a member of the Wabash football team for four seasons, earning a varsity letter as a senior. A political science major, German graduated in 1970. He received a masters of arts in education from Indiana State University in 1977 after earning his teaching certificate from the university in 1973.
"We like to play with two tight ends so it's a critical position in our offense," Raeburn said. "It's also a tough position to coach. Coach German will be able to focus solely on working with our returning tight ends. That should make our tight ends better because they will have one coach constantly watching their performance in practice and helping them improve each day."
German resides in Crawfordsville with his wife, Diane. Their son, Jake, graduated from Wabash in 2010 and graduated from the Indiana University School of Law in 2014.
German begins his duties Aug. 1.
Wabash enters the 2014 season ranked 16th in the D3football.com preseason poll. The Little Giants produced a 9-1 record under Raeburn in 2013. Wabash opens the season September 6 at home against 21st-ranked Hampden-Sydney College.