SAN FERNANDO VALLEY VETERAN ONE OF THE TOP ASSISTANT COACHES IN THE AREA
By Jacob H. Pollon
Silver Waves Media
It's time to meet Nick Kindel.
The San Fernando Valley product has been a top assistant coach for nearly 15 years helping El Camino Real and Granada Hills to L.A. City section prominence. Kindel served as the head frosh/soph coach at Westlake High for two years and was the varsity head coach at Sylmar for one season.
Kindel will be very busy in 2020-2021 serving as the lead assistant coach to Jared Honig at Granada Hills, coaching the junior varsity team at Granada Hills and serving as the lead assistant to Susan Crebbin in the inaugural season for L.A. Mission College women's basketball.
"There is going to be a lot on the plate and I am looking forward to the challenge of helping at the high school and college level," Kindel said. "It will be great to interact with the players across different levels. I should have some great perspective coaching both levels.
Kindel has made his biggest mark at Granada Hills helping the Highlanders to a City section championship, four appearances in the semifinals, one state regional final four appearance and five West Valley League championships. Kindel's impact on the junior varsity players was instrumental when they matriculated to varsity and won the title.
Kindel's junior varsity accomplishments are outstanding, too. Five league championships, five seasons with 20 or more wins, two seasons with no losses and an overall record of 118-5. Pretty mind-boggling numbers even for the lower levels. Kindel's J.V. teams have won 12 regular season tournaments.
Granada Hills varsity coach Jared Honig couldn't hold down his approval of Kindel.
"Nick puts much time and effort into developing relationships with the student-athletes in our program," Honig said. "Nick prepares our lower level players to contribute on the varsity by teaching them our core ideals: to be 'champions' on the court, in the classroom and in the community. He has been a huge part of our success over the last seven years."
During his short stint at Westlake, Kindel was the Marmonte League freshman coach of the year when his team went 21-0
Kindel is clearly ready to have his own program, coaching the varsity at a top notch private or public school. It's a just a matter of timing and the right situation at this point.
Kindel had a stellar playing career at El Camino Real from 2001-2005. Kindel played under John Gould and Alex Lopez (Brook and Robin Lopez’s older brother). Kindel started off as team captain of the freshman team at ECR before getting moved up to varsity where Kindel was a key part of two tournament championships for the Conquistadores in 2002.
Kindel averaged 12 points a game in the championship rounds of the varsity Slam Jam Tournament where it beat LACES for the silver championship. Kindel averaged eight points per game in the championship rounds of the varsity Slam Jam tournament where it beat Hillcrest Christian (Granada Hills) for the bronze championship as a sophomore.
Kindel ended up getting moved back down to the junior varsity but didn’t complain or transfer. Instead, worked his tail off to improve. Kindel ended up averaging around 20 points per game and had a career night of 32 points against Chatsworth High and was named Junior Varsity Most Valuable Player.
With Kindel’s hard work and growth during his career. Nick Kindel was named a top shooter in the San Fernando Valley by Slam Jam basketball his junior and senior year and played against top players from all over Southern California at the Slam Jam Showcase events.
Nick Kindel finished off his senior year by winning the 2005 Varsity Coach’s Award for his leadership, hard work, and top shooting ability.
Nick Kindel continues to bring the same hard work ethic and leadership ability to the coaching side and those traits are what makes him a top assistant girls basketball coach in the San Fernando Valley Area.
Kindel's ultimate goal is to become a full-fledged varsity coach but will continue to build Granada Hills into a Southern California power and usher Mission College into hopeful prominence in the junior college world.