Western Christian hires coach away from Whittier Christian

Western Christian hired Kevin Oberlander as its new head football coach Wednesday after Scotty Kirkpatrick stepped down following the 2010 season. Oberlander has served as quarterback coach and assistant offensive coordinator the last three years for a La Habra Whittier Christian program that reached the CIF-SS Mid-Valley finals last season and the semifinals in 2009.

Western Christian compiled a 4-16 record the past two seasons under Kirkpatrick, who stepped down to spend more time with his family. Whittier Christian’s record over the past two years is a combined 21-6.

Oberlander is a native of Atwater and played at Trinity University, an NAIA school outside of Chicago, where he coached after a stint playing arena football in Omaha, Neb. Oberlander’s wife graduated from Western Christian in 2002.

“For a young coach, he brings a lot of experience from the college level to his most recent experience at Whittier Christian High School.” Western Christian athletic director Nick Karavedas said. “Coach Oberlander understands that building a quality football program begins with building quality young men. We’re excited about what he brings and for the future of Western Christian football.”