Barry Schmitt on return to coaching Indee football: ‘It keeps me young’

The Independence/Gilmanton football team has announced a head coaching change.

Current Indee principal Barry Schmitt will take over coaching duties after Bruce Bowerman stepped down after one year.

Schmitt coached Indee football for 23 seasons between 1988-2010 and won over 100 games. Schmitt has stayed close by the team since then, attending games and keeping team stats. Coaching has always been a part of his life, and he’s excited to once again lead the program.

“If things are going well and the school wants me to continue coaching, I’ll probably coach as long as I’m welcome here and having fun doing it,” Schmitt said. “And that’s one of the reasons I’m getting back into it. I miss that fun, I miss that interaction with the kids, and I miss that competition.”