By DOUG DONNELLY 

JACKSON – Long before she was the mother of a Jackson football player, Kristy Dillon was serving up sno-cones, organizing team dinners and lending a hand at every opportunity for the Viking football program. 

“Kristy is the perfect example of the person that the Fran Herrington Award is for,” said Jackson varsity football coach Scott Farley, the executive director of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association. “Whenever there is a need in our football program, I turn to Kristy, and she gets it done.” 

Dillon is the recipient of the 2021 MHSFCA Fran Herington Award, presented in the memory of the late wife of John Herrington, longtime Farmington Hills Harrison coach. 

Kristy is the wife of Rob Dillon, a longtime Jackson football coach and current offensive coordinator for the Vikings. Their son, Brady, will be a senior next year on the team.  

Kristy’s commitment to Jackson schools and the football program extends back for years. 

“When I came here nine years ago, she made things so much easier because she had a connection to everything,” Farley said. “If I needed something or a resource, I’d contact Kristy and ask and she’d either help or do it. She’s been great for the program.” 

Dillon helps in all aspects of the football program, from organizing dinners and snack bags for the bus for all away games to helping with community service projects. 

This Fran Herrington Award is presented annually to honor those women who have contributed their time, energy and expertise in promoting high school football in their community and the state of Michigan. This award is presented at the MHSFCA clinic in January. 


The Fran Herrington Award is presented in the memory of the late wife of John Herrington (Farmington Hills Harrison). Fran was a tremendous part of their football program and school community who gave tirelessly of her time and energy. She helped in creating a successful football program in her community, and she also worked on a number of projects for the MHSFCA.

This award is presented annually to honor those women who have contributed their time, energy and expertise in promoting high school football in their community and the state of Michigan. This award is presented at the MHSFCA clinic in January.