Long-time Detroit King football coach Dale Harvel dies suddenly during scrimmage

Long-time Detroit King football coach Dale Harvel dies suddenly during scrimmage

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Long-time Detroit King football coach Dale Harvel dies suddenly during scrimmage

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Detroit King coach Dale Harvel hugs players at Ford Field in Detroit on Oct. 23, 2015.

Detroit King coach Dale Harvel hugs players at Ford Field in Detroit on Oct. 23, 2015. (Photo: Detroit Free Press)

Detroit Martin Luther King football coach Dale Harvel suffered an apparent heart attack Friday at a 7-on-7 scrimmage and died.

He was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital where he could not be revived.

Harvel led Detroit King to a 14-0 record and the Division 2 state championship last season and was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in March.

The news was confirmed by Alvin Ward, athletic director for the Detroit Public School League and Daryl Weaver, public address announcer for the league.

“We are losing too many great people,’’ said Weaver.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio offered his condolences on Twitter.

Harvel coached high school football for 33 years, including 30 at King. He had been the head coach for seven seasons and had a 65-24 record.

Harvel spent the vast majority of his time at King coaching Jim Reynolds’ defense and established himself as the best defensive coordinator in the Detroit Public School League and one of the best in the state. His contributions were paramount in 2007, when King became the first team in PSL history to win a playoff state championship.

Two of last season’s victories were against Cass Tech head coach Thomas Wilcher. They were friendly rivals.

“There’s so much to say about him,’’ said Wilcher. “It’s a great loss to the city of Detroit, a great loss to the PSL, a great loss to the Detroit school system. It’s a great loss to King High School and a lot of coaches are grieving about this right now and in a little bit of shock.

“I wish his family strength to move forward and for his daughters to get through this. He was a great coach and a great person.’’

Harvel suffered a heart attack early in the 2014 season, but returned to coaching later that season.

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