By David Fong
Regional Sports Content Manager
TROY — One week every summer, Kris Dielman gives up the blue skies, sandy beaches and relatively moderate temperatures of San Diego, Calif. to return home to the less-than-predictable — and sometimes less-than-desirable — Ohio weather.
“That’s just Kris,” said Troy High School football coach Scot Brewer. “This is home for him. I’m sure he loves it out there in San Diego — who wouldn’t? But this has always been home for Kris. I know a part of his heart will always be here and he loves the chance to get back here and see his former teammates and work with the kids. Typical Kris, really. He’s always been a team guy, from his time here at Troy to Indiana all the way through his career with the Chargers.”
Beginning tomorrow, Dielman and Brewer — along with Brewer’s coaching staff at Troy — will host the annual Kris Dielman/Troy High School Football Camp. The camp will run from 10 a.m. to noon Monday-Wednesday at Troy Memorial Stadium.
The camp is open to boys and girls in grades 2-6. The cost of the camp is $50, which includes a camp T-shirt. Campers will receive football skills instruction from Dielman at the Troy football coaching staff. Walk-ups are welcome Monday. Those who have not yet registered and wish to do so Monday should show up by 9:30 a.m. Monday to register.
“It’s a great opportunity for the kids,” Brewer said. “Not only do they get a chance to work with the coaching staff, but they also get a chance to meet one of the most-decorated linemen in NFL history. With some of these camps, you get a guy who just puts his name on it and isn’t really involved. Kris loves being there and working with the kids. He takes a very hands-on approach. He gets right in there and does the drills with the kids.”
Dielman was an All-Ohio tight end and linebacker for the Trojans who graduated in 1999. Following his time at Troy, Dielman went on to play football at Indiana University, where he earned All-Big Ten honors and was a team captain playing both tight end and defensive line for the Hoosiers.
After graduating from Indiana University, Dielman went undrafted, but signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent. He made the team and went on to become a five-time Pro Bowl selection playing left guard, a position he had never played before entering the NFL.
“It will be a great time,” Brewer said. “Hopefully we get as many kids out there as possible. It’s a great opportunity to meet and work with a five-time Pro Bowler. I know there are a lot of communities that would love to have that opportunity. We are fortunate at Troy to have Kris come back every year.”
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