2011 Head Coach Wesley Gall
Manchester High School
Coach Gall’s athletic journey began in Saline, Michigan. Born and raised in Saline, Wes attended Saline High School where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball and graduated in 1970. He continued his education and athletics at Washtenaw Community College where he played basketball and baseball for two years. After his two years at Washtenaw, Wes finished collegiate athletic career at Albion College. At Albion, Wes played on the 1973 Albion College championship baseball team. Wes continued his education getting a master’s degree in Physical Education at Eastern Michigan University.
Wes married his beautiful wife Kathryn Crouch in May of 1975. Wes and Kathy have been married for 36 wonderful years, and have been blessed with two wonderful daughters, Amy, a teacher and coach at Clarkston High School, and Katelyn, who is currently working in hospital management.
In the fall of 1975, Wes was hired to teach physical education and history at Manchester Middle School where he also coached junior varsity basketball and junior varsity baseball. In 1976, Wes became the varsity assistant football coach under Hall of Fame inductee, Jim Fielder. In 1988 Wes became the head varsity football coach. During Wes’ tenure the Flying Dutchmen accumulated a 174-60-1 record. Overall, the Dutchmen have won 11 Cascade Conference Football Championships, made 14 state play-off appearances, and have won 3 District and 2 Regional championships. In 1992 and 1993, the Flying Dutchmen played in the MHSAA football semi-finals and the same team that appeared in the 1992 semi-finals played in the State Football Finals at the Pontiac Silverdome against Iron Mountain.
Wes received MHSFCA Regional Coach of the Year in 1993, 2004, and 2008, and was inducted into the MHSFCA Hall of Fame in 2008. The Associated Press named Coach Gall All State Coach of the Year in 1993.
This fall will mark the beginning of Wes’ 36th year of coaching football “with honor and dedication” for the Flying Dutchmen.