The clock reads 6:00 am and the alarm sounds each morning waking Koalman, a driven student-athlete who understands the importance of education. Challenging courses, such as AP Calculus, demand extra attention and effort to succeed, and Koalman ensures he puts in the time. For a young man balancing academics and athletics, supporting and encouraging school instruction is highly valuable. Koalman explains, “The teachers at the school are willing to do whatever they can to help.”
Reviewing game film is a crucial aspect of Koalmam Kimber’s schedule during football season. Not long after the final school bell rings, he will be found among his teammates in the film room. As tape is being repeated, paused, and rewound, he and his teammates strive to analyze every minute and strengthen their understanding of the game. Following film review, it’s off to the Redmen football field for an intense practice lasting up to 2.5 hours Koalman says, “Depending on the day we go offense or defense, but we make sure we go hard. It’s always a good practice. I feel like we have the best coaches in the world.”
After a full day of activities, one would imagine that the first thing Koalman looks to do as he walks through his front door is sleep; however, he exceeds expectations. Koalman’s father Michael elaborates. “He isn’t getting to bed until 11:00 pm and sometimes later.” Homework is regularly completed each day, as procrastination is not how he operates. On the contrary, he strives to plan and prepare for the future, making it a point to meet with his teachers multiple times a day before away games, to understand what is expected of him.
“…we go hard. It’s always a good practice. I feel like we have the best coaches in the world.“
Math and Science are subjects that greatly interest this young man, who consequently wishes to become a Civil or Mechanical Engineer later in life. Possessing such high goals and aspirations, Koalman never considers the easy road and never looks to take the short cut. Attempting to qualify for and obtain scholarships to reach his goals, Koalman has an eye on what he is hoping to achieve. “If I could choose today, I really would like to go to the U of U.”
Being a three-sport athlete, dedication and a strong work ethic are central parts of Koalman’s character. Whether it’s working as a Lineman for football, conditioning for wrestling, or building strength and endurance in Rugby, he offers nothing less than his best effort each performance. Inquire of any struggle to manage his schedule, and Koalman will provide a response that displays maturity beyond his years. “There are things I would like to do, but the sacrifice I make now will pay off for me in the long run. It’s an easy decision when I look at it that way.”
Koalman recalls a game against Pine View, “I noticed their formation and after all the hours of watching game film, I knew to look for the screen.” All during the previous week he let his team know, “I’m going to pick-six this. I’m going to get it.” With that surety in mind and when the time was right the young Defensive Lineman did just as he predicted, watching for the screen, he intercepted the pass. Although Koalman’s interception only translated to a one-yard gain, his understanding of the game led to regaining possession for his team. “It’s all in the mindset and the preparation involved. I was committed to doing my job.”
Losses, particularly those in overtime, can prove hard to overcome for any athlete, and it was no different for Koalman following a Homecoming loss to Hurricane. The sting of losing a Homecoming game does not simply dissipate on its own. “When you lose a game like that you feel like you’ve let your team down. That maybe you missed an assignment or block and that you are the reason your team lost. That’s when I feel I have to work harder.”
Spirit Club Vice President – National Honor Society 3yrs – Member or the National Society of High School Scholars – National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Scholar-Leader-Athlete Junior Year – 1st Team All-State Offensive Line for Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News Junior Year
Koalman identifies his father, Michael, as a great sports mentor. Michael Kimber played football in college for both DSU and SUU, and his experience offers great support and aids in teaching his son vital lessons. Following Koalman’s Homecoming loss, his father wisely taught, “You do your job and you trust your team to do their job. As long as you played your best and left everything out on the field, you can’t worry about it.”
Patti Kimber, Koalman’s mother, is fully aware of the dedication and commitment her son has for his athletics and academics. Patti instills in her son her personal philosophy as well, “Always say hi to people you come into contact with. My son has been able to mature, and continuously seeks to be kind to everyone he meets, regardless of who is watching.” Koalman believes that such positive attitudes that his parents have taught him will assist him in pursuit of his college goals and throughout his life in the future.
Pre-game rituals are not uncommon among athletes, and in Region 9, the variety of rituals is vast. Koalman admits that he has several rituals that he claims, “even my friends think are weird.” But in taking a look into some of his pre-game routine, Koalman’s driven mindset should come as no surprise. “I have a bunch of motivational videos that I watch before every game. I also read a chapter before each game from either the book Mind Gym by Gary Mack, or The Fearless Mind by Craig Manning. Most of the sport looks physical but this game is a lot more mental than people think. Last, and most importantly, I say a prayer when I’m off by myself.”
Coming to the realization that this upcoming year is his last of high school football, Koalman believes it to be his responsibility to individually improve by becoming more efficient and productive on the field. He hopes to be recognized as a selfless player who constantly sought the best interest of his team. Addressing what he feels to be most important on the field, he states, “Without team unity, you are just a group of individual players that just can’t get the job done.” • HSSI