(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
NEW HEAD COACH: Justin Carstens has traveled a long road to become the new head coach of Kettle Falls football…
Few can claim football is their passion and walk the walk like new Kettle Falls Head Football Coach Justin Carstens.
The Kettle Falls native played football for the Bulldogs, did student coaching in Colfax while in college and, just as his coaching career began – life threw a bad pass his way.
Health issues with his kidneys cropped up and he started dialysis after a failed transplant in 2015. He was 24 and moved back to his hometown.
While going through this, Carstens has been an assistant coach for former Kettle Falls coaches Curtis Corvino and Loren Finley.
“I hope some of the kids can relate to my life story and see that it takes a good attitude, effort and determination to be successful,” Carstens said. “Life is going to give you some adversity, and it all depends on how you react to it.”
Carstens received a successful kidney transplant in October of 2019 after years or prayers and support from the community. More