The ticker: Coaching moves and new construction

The ticker: Coaching moves and new construction


The ticker: Coaching moves and new construction


Slamer to assist Albion

Al Slamer lived only 35 miles from Albion College when he coached football at Battle Creek Central for 30 years, but he never had been to the college until one of his twin daughters asked to visit during her senior year in high school a decade ago.

This fall, Slamer will be an assistant coach at Albion.

Slamer, who has coached football for 37 years, first at Central and the past seven years at Holt, will retire from high school teaching and coaching and join Craig Rundle’s staff as the secondary coach.

“I’ve been doing this 37 years. I wouldn’t have minded going 40 years, but those are just numbers,” Slamer said. “I’ve had two heart surgeries; I had another pacemaker put in. I’ve had increased heart incidents. It’s nothing life-threatening, but it’s cause for concern. It seemed like a good time to go ahead and jump into something a little different.”

Slamer, 59, became more familiar with Albion when twin daughters Sarah and Kristin played volleyball at Albion. He also spent a good deal of time there last fall.

“This past fall on six different Saturdays, I watched their games — we’ve got a lot of our former players playing in the MIAA,” he said. “It’s 1 o’clock on Saturday afternoon — maybe it was what college sports were designed to be rather than the billions of dollars that are involved with it now.”

Making the move to Albion more enticing is that Kristin is now the school’s volleyball coach.

“I feel I’m the low man on the totem pole in our house,” he said.

Giarmo retires from MSMCC

Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central is looking for a football coach and might be best served if it hires someone who has never even been a full-time assistant coach.

It worked last time.

Jack Giarmo is going out on top — retiring after St. Mary CC won the Division 6 state championship.

“Before the season, my family discussed it, and I told them it would probably be the last year,” he said. “I always wait until January, after the holidays. It was time. I’ve been there 17 years; I’ve had great kids and great families. I’ve had a great coaching staff that’s enabled us to be competitive most years.”

The Falcons were 145-54 under Giarmo, with five Huron League titles, 13 state playoff appearances, eight semifinal appearances and four spots in the title game.

Giarmo’s cousin, Bill, was an assistant when Jack played at CC and his brother, Gasper, was the head coach at Dundee and an assistant at Byron Center and Zeeland West.

Giarmo would periodically help his brother at Dundee, but was never a full-time assistant when he took the St. Mary CC job.

“I called my brother and my cousin just about every day for knowledge and there you go,” he said.

2014 was an especially satisfying season for Giarmo considering that nine players, including four starters, either transferred schools or chose not to play.

Giarmo, 52, didn’t rule out coaching again, but for now he wants to do some of the things he couldn’t do for the past 17 years.

“I don’t know if I’m ever going to come back and coach,” he said. “I’m going to take some time off. I’m probably going to go watch some practices of some teams. I’m going to work on my business — that’s one thing.”

Fordson spruces up

Driving by the Dearborn Fordson football field this week, it was easy to notice there was something missing … the home bleachers.

“Those were down in three days, I couldn’t believe it,” boys athletic director Jeff DelGiudice said. “They’re redoing everything. It’s part of the bond issue we just passed.”

The important aspect of the new bleachers on the home side is that they will be moved up to the edge of the track. For the past several years, they seemed to be a ZIP code away from the field.

“And there will be a brand new concession stand,” DelGiudice said. “We had the worst concession stand in the country, just about. There will be bathrooms under the stands and a new press box. It’s going to be a little longer, but not a double-decker.

“From all the drawings it’s going to look really good and we’re really happy about it. It should be really nice.”

A new press box always is a good idea. Here’s hoping the people at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Rochester Adams get a good idea soon.

— Mick McCabe

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