Born: September 8, 1926
Died: December 3, 2007 – Wichita, KS
Graduated: Tilden Tech High School (Chicago), 1945; Wichita State University, 1951
As a high school football and golf coach, few, if any, were better than Edward Adam Kriwiel. From 1969-2000, Kriwiel guided Wichita’s Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School to nine state championships in football and a remarkable 24 state titles in boys’ and girls’ golf. Kriwiel’s 36-year football coaching record at Wichita West (93-26-7) and Kapaun (204-41) was 297 wins, 67 losses and 7 ties. His teams won 11 City League championships and seven finished undefeated.
Kriwiel helped lead Tilden Tech High School to an unbeaten season and the Chicago City League title in 1944 team as a starting halfback. He entered the armed forces for two years before attending Wichita State in 1947 where he started for three seasons as the Shockers’ quarterback. He broke several school records at WSU, led the Shockers to Raisin Bowl and Camelia Bowl appearances and was ranked No. 3 in the country in total offense in 1949.
At Wichita West High School (1952-66), Kriwiel led his team to six City League titles and four unbeaten seasons. At Kapaun Mt. Carmel (1969-90), he guided the Crusaders to 18 playoff appearances, nine state titles and three unbeaten seasons. Kriwiel’s teams also excelled in golf, where during a 30-year period from 1970-2000, Kapaun won 24 state golf titles and 27 City League championships.
Kriwiel has been inducted into numerous halls of fame, including the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame, the Kapaun Hall of Fame and Wichita State Athletic Hall of Fame.