A pair of Lansing-area coaches are in the running to be named the Detroit Lions Michigan High School Football Coach of the Year.
Pewamo-Westphalia’s Jeremy Miller and Ithaca’s Terry Hessbrook are among 16 coaches in contention for the honor.
Hessbrook guided Ithaca to its fifth Division 6 state title in six years on Friday. Miller helped P-W to a 13-1 record and runner-up finish in Division 7.
Detroit Cass Tech’s Thomas Wilcher, Detroit Martin Luther King’s Dale Harvel, Grand Rapids West Catholic’s Dan Rohn, Powers North Central’s Kevin Bellefeuil, River Rouge’s Corey Parker, Muskegon Catholic Central’s Steve Czerwon, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes’ Josh Sawicki, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s George Porritt, Ishpeming’s Jeff Olson, Chelsea’s Brad Bush, Zeeland West’s John Shillito, Clinton’s Scott McNitt, Lowell’s Noel Dean, Flint Powers’ Bob Buckel and Jason Couch and Kurt Rienas of Romeo are the other candidates.
The general public can help determine the winner by voting at detroitlions.com/coachoftheyear.html until Thursday. The winner of the general public vote will be combined with the votes of five media panelist voters to decide the winner. The winning coach receives a $4,000 donation to his school’s football program and will be recognized at a Lions game.
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