Joe and Josh Kittell: Head Coaching Brothers

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Sometimes, a profession runs in the family. For the Joe and Josh Kittell, that job is coaching.

Sports and the Kittell brothers go hand-in-hand.

"We didn't go on vacations as kids, we went to sporting events," Josh Kittell said.

Josh, Joe, and their family moved around North Dakota, but while their hometown might have changed, their love for playing sports was constant.

"A lot of competition in the household. Didn't matter what season it was, we were in the front or backyard or in the basement. Basketball season it was one-on-one basketball. We would play baseball one-on-one which is not always easy to do, but we found a way to make it work," Josh Kittell said.

As they grew up, they found themselves headed down different athletic paths.

"Basketball was just kind of the sport that I felt like I could see and I enjoyed, and just thought that it was something I could be a part of for a long time. I enjoyed playing it the most, but when you're a 5-foot-11-inch white guy from North Dakota, every once in awhile you figure out that maybe you should coach instead of play," Joe Kittell said.

"I got recruited to play basketball and football at Jamestown and then I just happened to be a little better at football as my career went on and kind of narrowed my field down. And I didn't know I was going to get into coaching until after I was done playing and realized I missed it," Josh Kittell said.

After both working as assistants, the Kittell brothers have become the newest set of siblings to both head college programs in North Dakota.

"At one point we were both the last guys on the coaching list talking about all the things we would do if we had an opportunity, and now it's time to put our money where our mouth is," Josh Kittell said.

"And we know less now than we did then," Joe Kittell said.

While Joe is the men's basketball head coach at the University of Mary, Josh is the new football head coach at his alma mater, the University of Jamestown.

"It's just cool to have that close tie to the state and the people and the history, and now to be able to get to be a part of that history," Josh Kittell said.

"To even think that a bunch of nobodies from Minot and Garrison can be in the same ballpark with their last names, being in that category, it's kind of cool, kind of special, since we do know the history of the state and have been raised in that. It's kind of cool to be a little part of that," Joe Kittell said.

And as sibling coaches, they join names like Limke and Fridley in North Dakota sports history.