We catch up with Belgrade head coach Eric Kinnaman in this week's ABC Sports Sit Down.
"Welcome to the ABC Sit Down. Today we are joined by Belgrade Head Coach Eric Kinnaman. Coach first question on the list is if you were going to strap them on today and play with your team instead of coach, how many reps would you be taking? What position would you be playing?"
"I still think I would be a running back,” said Kinnaman. “That's where I played in college and in high school. I still think I'd be able to fit there. I still have the speed a little bit, but it has slowed down. Snap-wise, I'm out of shape a little bit. Hopefully I would get half the game in. We have some pretty good running backs this year as well. Hopefully I could play half the game and still be able to play running back."
"How big of a player maker would you be? Would you still be making plays like you did back in your high school and college days?"
"I'm about the same size that I played at in college,” Coach Kinnaman said. “I think I would still be all right play making-wise. I don't have the break away speed I had. Like I said, I still think that i would make a big impact, but not as much as I used to."
"Being a running back at Montana State, what was the craziest memory or weirdest thing you saw on the football field? Whether it was in high school or playing up against the Griz in the Brawl of the Wild? What's the craziest thing that has happened?"
"It was the Brawl of the Wild in 1997,” Kinnaman said. “You look at the top five games and it's usually in there at number one or number two. We were up 22-19 with 22 seconds left and we ended up losing the game. It's a heartbreaker and it's something that I think about constantly. Even as a high school football coach, when you're up and the game is not over until the clock hits zero. Anything can happen. We've won some games like that in high school here at Belgrade High School. The game is not over until that clock hits zero. Their kicker hit a 46 yard field goal to win the game with zero seconds on the clock. So that was a heartbreaker for us."
"I'm sure it was. Now if you're not coaching or not at school, where might somebody find you? I understand that you're quite the outdoorsmen?"
"I do. I like to stay outdoors,” said Coach Kinnaman. “I like to hunt when I can for deer or elk. Usually just deer because I don't have the time to scout for the elk and what not. We get up in the mountains. Some of the coaches like to hunt to. So we usually try to spend an outing together most times, and that gets a little exciting as well. We have a tight knit coaching staff so we get outdoors. So that's where you'll find me."