Attracted to a smaller locale with quality facilities, Milford football coach Patrick Fox has taken the same position at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.
He replaces Kyle Zimmerman, who became coach at Davison.
“I’m going to retire from public schools at the end of the year,” Fox said. “It gives me a level of freedom to go try something else. I think it’s a tremendous challenge. I think they have a very strong tradition.
“I’m a small-school guy. I grew up in a small town at a small school. I’m kind of anxious to get to a smaller place. I’m excited about that. It’s a great life. It’s pretty cool.”
With more than 30 years of coaching experience, Fox comes to Notre Dame from Milford High in Highland, where he served as coach in 2000-07 and then from 2011 through last season.
Fox, 49, began his career in 1989 as coach at Berkley, where his teams won an OAA championship and reached the state quarterfinals. He coached at Berkley until 1997 when he became coach at Ann Arbor Pioneer, coaching there until 2000, going 16-11.
In 2010, Fox served as offensive coordinator at Northville, which had a 250-point improvement offensively over its previous season.
Fox has the most coaching victories at Berkley and Milford, and in 1996 and 2002 earned regional coach-of-the-year honors from the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Fox holds a master’s degree in sports administration from Wayne State and a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Michigan State. He also did postgraduate work at MSU and Northern Michigan. He lives in Northville with his wife and two children.
“I haven’t really had a chance to get on the field with the team; I’ll do that on the 28th when they get back from spring break,” Fox said. “I had a wonderful experience at Milford, which I will always appreciate.”