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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S BLOG

By Scott Farley

Executive Director, MHSFCA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S BLOG (2/3/2021)

 

Here’s an update on the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association:

CLINIC RECAP

Our first Virtual Coaches’ Clinic was a rousing success.  The technology worked well (thanks to Coaches’ Insider and Casey Bess!); our speaker line-up was unmatched (thanks to Loring Granger, Rod Oden, and Kyle McElvaney); our vendor partnership was enhanced (thanks to Mick Enders and Al Slamer), and our registration numbers topped 2,200 (thanks to Lennie Dantinne and all of you!).  

Clinic Chairman Jerry Rabideau is to be commended for having the foresight to go virtual, negotiating the partnership with Coaches’ Insider and guiding the entire process.  As we move toward the 2022 clinic (our 50th), look for an application of the lessons learned this year and merging them with our normal in-person format in Lansing.

 

SEASON CONCLUDES WITH STATE FINALS IN JANUARY AT FORD FIELD

A rousing cheer should go out to all coaches, administrators, athletes and families that made having and completing a season possible.  

There were moments when all this seemed unlikely, but the leaders at the Michigan High School Athletic Association continued to advocate for our sport and we reached the finish line with a fantastic weekend of state finals in Detroit.  Congratulations to all the teams that made it to Ford Field and our divisional State Coaches’ of the Year!  See the State COTY and Detroit Lions HSCOTY at http://www.mhsfca.com/.

 

DREAM TEAM HONORED VIRTUALLY

The MHSFCA, in conjunction with the National Football Foundation, honored the 2020 Dream Team in a virtual event on January 30.  The Dream Team was selected from the MHSFCA Divisional All State Teams.  This was an impressive group of players, most of whom are going on to play in Power 5, Division 1 college programs.  Also recognized was Rob Zimmerman of Dewitt, who was selected as the Dream Team coach, as well as high school and college scholar-athlete award winners. A huge thank you to Awards Chairman, Jason Mensing, for his committee's stellar work on this project! 

See the Dream Team here: http://www.mhsfca.com/assets/1/7/Dream_Team_2020_(1).pdf 

See the Divisional All State Teams here: http://www.mhsfca.com/awards/all-state-teams/

See the Divisional All Region Teams here: http://www.mhsfca.com/awards/all-region-teamcoach/

 

ACADEMIC ALL STATE TEAMS SELECTED IN COVID-ADJUSTED FORMAT

The 2020 MHSFCA Academic All State individuals were selected in an adjusted format, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Though the team format was abandoned for this season, more individuals were recognized as Academic All State than ever before. Thanks go out to Al Boydston for his vision in adjusting this process in an unforeseen environment.  See the Academic All State teams here: http://www.mhsfca.com/assets/1/7/mhsfca_academic_all_state_2020_REVISED_2.0.pdf

 

ASSISTANT COACHES OF THE YEAR SELECTED

As always, the MHSFCA recognized numerous Assistant Coaches of the Year, in a process chaired by Pat Maloney.  See the award winners here: http://www.mhsfca.com/awards/assistant-coach-of-the-year/

UNSIGNED SENIOR SHOWCASE CANCELLED

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Unsigned Senior Showcase for 2021.  It is our full intention to resume this program in February of 2022.

HALL OF FAME PROCESS ON HOLD

Due to statewide Covid-19 restrictions on large gatherings, we have suspended our Hall of Fame selection process until we have a clearer picture of when we can honor our next class of inductees.  We are exploring possible format changes in the Hall of Fame banquet and will announce our plans as soon as they are firm. HOF co-chairman Jack Carlson and Steve Verburg are monitoring this situation and will have a great plan soon!

ALL STAR GAMES FOR 2021 ARE IN THE WORKS

Plans are in the works to have a live all-star game this summer.  We are very close to finalizing these plans and will get information out to you as soon as things are completely set!  Shout out to All Star chairman, Brian Lemons, and his committee for their diligent work on this classic MHSFCA event.

SPECIALIST OFF-SEASON TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

In recent days, I’ve had some well qualified men reach out to me, offering off-season training opportunities for kickers and punters.  Normally, I would not promote non-school training opportunities, but many coaches are not kicking technique experts and these young guys are highly qualified and experienced.

Ryan Anderson was a D3 All American at Olivet College, Big Ten Punter of the Year at Rutgers and has NFL experience. His promotional flyer can be accessed here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dBqQ1MaeiX2X32GYxx8EJ5J1VK1nptFi/view?usp=sharing

Kenny Allen both kicked and punted at the University of Michigan and also has NFL experience.  His promotional flyer can be accessed here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xJboAYYJRICFgHB6EL6DfjOrl4tHRIxC/view?usp=sharing

MHSFCA WEBSITE UPDATES ARE COMING!!

We are acutely aware that our website is not all it could be in terms of meeting the needs of our membership.  We are in the process of selecting a new Web host.  This new provider will be expected to provide a more user-friendly experience for both members and our web team, including more efficient registration functions, better graphic capabilities, great customer service, and a more affordable price for the MHSFCA.


 

Scott Farley

MHSFCA Executive Director

517-285-7556

jhighfootball@gmail.com

 

 

 

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