MONTICELLO − Kevin O’Shea was content to sit out a football season and “recharge his batteries.”
Maybe he’d have the urge to coach again.
It was a phone call from his old high school baseball coach that got those competitive juices flowing again.
O’Shea was approved as the new head football coach at Twin Lakes Tuesday.
He returns to the Hoosier Conference, where he once coached the league’s most dominant program at Central Catholic before spending the last six seasons at North Central in Indianapolis.
With the Panthers, he went 25-37, but immediately turned around a struggling program that had one total victory in the three previous seasons before he arrived.
After going 3-7 in his first season, O’Shea led North Central to its first sectional championship in 25 years in 2018.
Athletic director Paul Loggan hired O’Shea at North Central. When Loggan died from COVID-19 in 2020, O’Shea said things changed at North Central.
Since, he’d been looking for a new opportunity.
After two seasons of not finding the right fit, O’Shea resigned in November.
In December, Kevin Sayler resigned as Twin Lakes football coach.
Jake Burton, the baseball coach at Twin Lakes who was O’Shea’s athletic director during O’Shea’s stint as head coach of his alma mater McCutcheon, made a call.
“When Jake found out the job was going to be open, Jake was on the phone with me right away,” O’Shea said. “As a matter of fact, I am probably there because Jake got in my ear pretty quick.
“When your old athletic director gives you a phone call and tells you about the positive that he sees there, it really interested me.”
The Twin Lakes position came with an added caveat that O’Shea missed − teaching.
At North Central, O’Shea was the director of sports performance.
During that time, he realized how much he enjoyed his role as an educator.
He’s now back in the classroom, teaching math at Twin Lakes this semester.
“I missed being in the classroom. This job gave me gave me an opportunity to do two things I like to do, one being in the classroom to teach and coaching ball,” O’Shea said. “This took care of both itches, the itch to teach again and I found out that I still wanted to do this coaching gig. I love doing it.”
Prior to North Central, O’Shea, a former all-state quarterback who helped McCutcheon reach its only football state championship game in 1982, began his coaching career at Delta in 1993 before coming back to his alma mater. He spent one season at Attica in 2007 before his most successful run as Central Catholic’s head coach, where in nine seasons he compiled a 114-10 record and won five Class A state championships.
O’Shea is 239-110 in 30 seasons overall.
Last summer, he was inducted into the Indiana Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Twin Lakes is coming off a 1-9 season where it relied heavily on youth. The eighth grade team won a conference championship this fall.
“There’s that youth that’s there. That excites me,” O’Shea said. “In this conference, it’s a great conference, a challenging conference and I am looking forward to getting back into it.”
Sam King covers sports for the Journal & Courier. Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @samueltking.