Two local high school coaches have been recognized as the best in the state in their respective sports.
Pennfield’s Mike Roach was selected as the Boys’ Bowling Coach of the Year and Marshall’s Sue Hutchings was named Girls’ Bowling Coach of the Year at the 56th annual Coach of the Year banquet for the Michigan High School Coaches Association on Nov. 8 in Lansing.
The MHSCA recognized 21 coaches and an athletic director. Coaches receiving recognition were chosen by 21 individual sports associations that are members of the MHSCA. Each sports association chooses its own criteria in the selection process.
Roach was inducted into the Michigan High School Interscholastic Bowling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014. He guided Pennfield’s girls to the 2013 Division 3 state championship. Last season, Pennfield’s Kadee Bechman captured the Division 3 girls’ singles state title while the boys’ team finished eighth in the state.
Hutchings completed her 16th season as the bowling coach and program director at Marshall in the 2014-15 season. A co-proprietor of Marshall Lanes, she entered the Michigan High School Interscholastic Bowling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011.
Other coaches to be recognized at the banquet were Clarkston’s Kurt Richardson (football); Benzie Central’s Asa Kelly (boys’ cross country), Dexter’s Cory Bergen (girls’ swimming), Bloomfield Hills Academy of Sacred Heart’s Judy Hehs (girls’ tennis), Wayland Cheri Ritz (softball), Tecumseh’s Jenni Posten (gymnastics), Shelby’s Penny Grinage-Guy (competitive cheer), Grosse Pointe North’s Christianne Sims (girls’ lacrosse), Birmingham Seaholm’s Tom Wyllie (boys’ swimming), Saugatuck’s Richard Bauer (boys’ track and field), Beal City’s Dave King (girls’ cross country), Decatur’s Brian Southworth (wrestling), Clarkston’s Mike Foyteck (skiing), Muskegon Catholic Central’s Steve Schuitema (baseball), Hartland’s Nathan Oake (boys’ golf), Frankenmuth’s Mike Snyder (girls’ track and field), Okemos’ Shawn Grady (boys’ lacrosse), Birmingham Seaholm’s Leon Braisted (girls’ golf), Haslett’s Henry Brunnschweiler (boys’ tennis), St. Ignace-LaSalle’s Dorene Ingalls (girls’ basketball), Detroit Western International’s Derrick McDowell (boys’ basketball), Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Central’s Mike Garvey (athletic director) and Leland’s Laurie Glass (volleyball).
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