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Congratulations for our MHSFCA 2021
All-Star Game Coaches
East Coaches: Head Coach Al Gullick - Warren Woods Tower
1st Asst. Deon Godfrey - Detroit Denby
Tim Brandon - Grosse Pointe South
Bill DeFillippo - Livonia Churchill
West Coaches: Head Coach Rob Zietman - Jenison
1st Asst. Tim Peterson - Kingsley
Randy Cole - Grass Lake
John Crose - Calumet
CONGRATULATIONS TO ROB ZIMMERMAN OF DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL FOR BEING NAMED
THE 2020 DETROIT LIONS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR
Detroit, MI—The Detroit Lions have named Rob Zimmerman of DeWitt High School the 2020 Detroit Lions High School Football Coach of the Year. Zimmerman’s Panthers defeated the defending state champion River Rouge Panthers 40-30 to win the Michigan High School Football Division 3 state championship. This is DeWitt’s first football state championship and Zimmerman’s first as a head coach. The Panthers, from the Capital Area Activities Conference-Blue Division, finished the season undefeated at 12-0 outscoring their opponents 496-80.
Zimmerman concluded his 30th season coaching high school football, his 25th season overall as a head coach and 22nd as head coach at DeWitt. During his time at DeWitt, Zimmerman has gone 222-45 (83.1%) with 5 state finals appearances, 12 state semi-final appearances, 12 regional titles, 14 district titles and 18 conference titles in addition to reaching the playoffs in 20 of 22 seasons. Zimmerman, a 2016 inductee into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, was a Detroit Lions High School Football Coach of the Week in week 7 of the 2004 season. Lions Head Football Coach Dan Campbell called Zimmerman to inform him of his High School Football Coach of the Year selection on Head Coach Hangout. See his reaction and the entire interview by visiting www.DetroitLions.com/hangout for this Coach of the Year announcement as well as interviews from past 2020 Detroit Lions Coach of the Week recipients.
High School Football Coach of the Week/Year Program
Each week throughout the 2020 high school football regular season, one coach that best demonstrates success on and off the field, develops players’ character, discipline, and football skill in addition to emphasizing player health and safety in their program, will be recognized for his commitment to the team, school, and community. The winner is selected by a panel of high school football media members—Mick McCabe (Detroit Free Press), Hugh Bernreuter (Saginaw News), Bret Bakita (WOOD Radio-106.9 FM, ESPN 96.1 FM-Fox 17/Grand Rapids), James Cook (Traverse City Record-Eagle) and Scott DeCamp (MLive-Muskegon Chronicle). Zimmerman was selected as Coach of the Year by the votes of the aforementioned media members, as well as one vote from the public online voting at DetroitLions.com/coachoftheyear.
Each Lions High School Football Coach of the Week during the regular season received a $1,500 donation to his school’s football program. For being named the 2020 Detroit Lions High School Football Coach of the Year, Zimmerman will receive a $3,000 donation to his school’s football program and will be honored as the Detroit Lions nominee for the Don Shula NFL High School Football Coach of the Year. Concluding its’ 24th year, this season’s Detroit Lions High School Football Coach of the Week/Year program awarded $12,000 to aid in the development and promotion of high school football in the state of Michigan, while overall the program has awarded $467,000 to high school football programs throughout the state of Michigan.
All-Time Coach of the Year recipients:
1997-John Herrington, Farmington Hills Harrison, 1998-Thomas Mach, Detroit Catholic Central, 1999-Don Durrett, Saginaw, 2000-Herb Brogan, Jackson Lumen Christi, 2001-John Schwartz, Mendon, 2002-Mike Boyd, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, 2003-Scot Shaw, Three Rivers, 2004-Noel Dean, Lowell, 2005-Jack Pratt, Flint Powers, 2006-Tony Annese, Muskegon, 2007-Jim Reynolds, Detroit King, 2008-Peter Stuursma. East Grand Rapids, 2009-Rich Hulkow, Marshall, 2010-Chris Bell, Lake Orion, 2011-Thomas Wilcher, Detroit Cass Tech, 2012-Terry Hessbrook, Ithaca, 2013-Kurt Richardson, Clarkston, 2014-Dan Rohn, Grand Rapids West Catholic, 2015-John Shillito, Zeeland West, 2016-Elliot Uzelac, Benton Harbor, 2017-Mike Giannone, Warren De La Salle, 2018-Rick Bailey, Reading, 2019-Jim Ahern, Lansing Catholic, 2020-Rob Zimmerman, DeWitt
MHSFCA Honors 10 Coaches From Across State
LANSING – Ten coaches in Michigan have been honored by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association as 2020 coaches of the year across the state.
Rob Zimmermann of DeWitt was selected as the Dream Team Coach of the Year and will be honored on Saturday along with other members of the Dream Team by the MHSFCA and the Michigan Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Zimmerman led DeWitt to the Division 3 state championship this past weekend at Ford Field, concluding an undefeated season with a 40-30 win over River Rouge, giving Zimmerman his first state championship in 22 years as the Panthers head coach. He was inducted into the MHSFCA Hall of Fame in 2016.
The list of coaches of the year named by the MHSFCA are:
• Division 1, Ron Bellamy, West Bloomfield (state champion)
• Division 2, Matt Koziak, Mona Shores (state champion)
• Division 3, Rob Zimmerman, DeWitt (state champion)
• Division 4, Cody Mallory, Cadillac (state runner-up)
• Division 5, Phil Martin, Frankenmuth (state runner-up)
• Division 6, Pat Collins, Montague (state champion)
• Division 7, Clint Galvas, New Lothrop (state champion)
• Division 8, Jerry Schultz, Centreville (state champion)
• 8-Player, Division 1, Bill Wilharms, Lenawee Christian (state champion)
• 8-Player, Division 2, Leo Gorzinski, Powers North Central (state champion)
The MHSFCA began its post-season awards in November with the announcement of its all-region teams and all-region coaches of the year. The All-State team was announced in December with the Dream Team being announced this month.
The high school football season came to a close this past weekend with the state championship games in all eight 11-player divisions. The 8-player state finals were held the weekend prior.
The MHSFCA and its members have been devoted to the promotion of high school football since its inception in March 1972. For more information about the organization, visit www.mhsfca.com.