COLUMBIA — John Kadlec announced on Monday that he is retiring from his duties calling Missouri football games for the Tiger Radio Network. Kadlec, who has teamed with Mike Kelly in the broadcast booth since 1995, will remain in his role as Special Assistant to Athletic Director Mike Alden.
Kadlec first came to Missouri to play football for Hall of Fame coach Don Faurot in 1947. After earning his degree, he stayed as a graduate assistant coach for Faurot until 1959. After a stint at Kansas State from 1960 to 1966, Kadlec returned to Missouri to serve on the staffs of Dan Devine and Al Onofrio, coaching from 1966 to 1977. After his coaching days ended, Kadlec returned to Kansas State as Director of Development, before returning to MU in 1986 as Director of the Tiger Scholarship Fund.
Kadlec first entered the broadcast booth as a favor to then athletic director Joe Castiglione.
"For a guy with no background in it, things sure worked out well," Kadlec said in a release. "I always tried to be well-prepared and I certainly feel like I know football, so I think I added something to the broadcast."