2011 1st Assistant Coach – Ben Pack
Jackson High School
Coach Pack grew up in Jackson and graduated from Jackson HS in 1976. During high school he played football, wrestled and ran track for the Vikings. He attended Jackson Community College and Central Michigan University. While at CMU he earned both a BS in Education and an MS.
Coach Pack began his coaching career at Jackson HS as a freshman assistant while attending JCC and coached at Mt. Pleasant HS while attending CMU. After graduating from Central, he was hired at Western HS in Parma as a teacher/assistant coach in football, wrestling and track.
In 1983 Ben took over as the head football coach at Western earning back-to-back winning seasons for the Panthers during the 1985 and 1986 seasons. In 1987 Ben returned to Jackson HS as the Vikings’ head coach. He guided the Vikings in the Capital Area Conference for the next 16 years, leading them to many “firsts” including their first playoff appearance, multiple state rankings and the most successful consecutive three years in JHS’ 116 years of football.
During his tenure as a head coach his teams produced 20 All State players, sent 60 athletes went on to college, had numerous All Conference players and recorded 75 wins. Ben most recently served as the running backs’ coach at Albion College, where the Britons won the 2005 MIAA championship and qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs. However, Ben said his most important accomplishment was establishing hundreds of lifetime friendships.
Coach Pack and his wife Nancy have been married for 23 years. They have three children, Aisleen (21), senior at CMU, and twins Ben and Gus (18), high school seniors. Ben said ” I am grateful to have had their support throughout my career. My wife is destined for sainthood.
“It is an honor to be selected as a coach in the 2011 MHSFCA All Star Game. Eleven of my former players have been selected to play in the games. While watching each game, I hoped to someday get the opportunity to be part of this special event. I am truly excited to be part of it!”