Any number of different factors can inspire a high school sports team. Sometimes a recent poor performance can push them to improve. Other times an inspirational movie can set a powerful tone.
The Rockville (Ind.) High football program doesn't need inspirational movies. It already has as inspiring a leader as it could ever hope for on its football staff.
As reported by Terre Haute, Ind. CBS affiliate WTHI, one of Rockville's assistant football coaches is Matt Kinsey, a former standout athlete for the Rox who left Indiana to serve two tours of duty in the Army's 82nd Airborne Unit. The only reason why he didn't complete both tours is because he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan in June, 2010.
The explosion of the landmine led to the eventual amputation of his right foot. After his injury, the 31-year-old underwent a series of 10 different surgeries to stabilize his missing limb for a prosthetic. Ninety days after his final surgery, Kinsey was walking on his new artificial foot.
Though it took more than one prosthetic device to find the right fit, Kinsey is now back walking on the sideline at Rockville games, serving as an assistant coach with his father, fellow assistant coach Mark Kinsey.
"We made a pact before he went over the first time that we would coach together," Mark Kinsey said of his son's drive to coach. "He's always had an interest in coaching."
For his part, the younger Kinsey said there was never any question of his returning to the sideline.
"I promised coach King and my dad I was going to walk on the football field again. I promised the team as well. Told them I was not coming home on crutches or with a wheelchair. I will walk on the football field again," said Matt. …
"I grew up watching Rockville football on the field. Dreamed of eventually playing here and got the opportunity to. Then have been blessed to be able to comeback and coach here. Love every moment of it," said Matt.