1989 Jim Crowley Award Winner
Tom Moshimer Crowley
1989 Award Winner
By Larry Sellers, Crowley Award Chair, Traverse City St. Francis
The Jim Crowley Award is dedicated to the memory of the late Jim Crowley, former coach at Jackson Lumen Christi High School, a great coach, and a dedicated family man. The award honors individuals who have made special contributions to the game of football and to the MHSFCA. It is the most prestigious award presented by our association.
Tom Moshimer, the 1989 recipient of the Crowley Award, was a 1959 graduate of Michigan State University. He began his coaching career in the fall of 1959 as the head coach at Dundee High School which had been 1-25-1 during the preceeding three seasons. Tom put together a 35 game winning streak from 1962-1966. Moshimer took over at Plymouth Salem in 1967 and turned a team which had been 1-15 the previous two years into a consistent winner. His overall coaching record is 161-95-6 and his teams have been 101-53 since he went to the wishbone 16 years ago. Tom is recognized as an expert on the wishbone offense, both “Bo” Schembechler and George Perles have referred to him as one of the most knowledgeable coaches on the wishbone in the country.
Tom has all of the qualities of a successful coach: athletic awareness, an insurmountable spirit, a great feeling for his athletes and fellow coaches, and the dedication to work until the job is done.
Tom Moshimer has been selected as a MHSFCA Regional Coach of the Year several times and has been selected Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Coach of the Year. Tom was inducted into the MHSFCA Hall of Fame in 1985.
Tom has been a dedicated member of our Board of Directors. He has been the All Star Game Chairman, since the first All Star Game in 1981. Without his direction, the All Star Game wouldn’t be the success it has become.
We congratulate Tom Moshimer, the 1989 recipient of the Crowley Award, for his contribution to the association, and for his many contributions to the game of football, and to the lives of the many players he has coached.