Coaches’ Profile: Newberry’s Bryant Takes Cadillac AD Position

CADILLAC – Newberry varsity football and girls basketball coach Fred Bryant has made the move below the Mackinac Bridge and accepted the athletic director position at Cadillac High School and junior high school.

Bryant started is his new role on June 27 and is the subject of our latest MISportsNow Coaches’ Profile.

“The timing with this move was really good,” Bryant said. “I’ve always wanted to get back into athletics as an athletic director, and this move allows me to do that.

“I’m just excited for this opportunity. The coaching staff has been very helpful.”

A 1991 Engadine graduate and Northern Michigan University alum, Bryant began his tenure at Newberry in 2004, serving as a physical education and health teacher as all as a stint as the school’s athletic director. Bryant then became the varsity football coach seven years ago and took over the varsity girls basketball program three years ago.

Under Bryant’s direction, the girls basketball team went 50-19 over three seasons and won a district, regional and Straits Area Conference championship in 2015-16.

The football team went 19-12 over the last three seasons, including posting an 8-3 campaign in 2016 for its best record since going 10-3 and reaching the Division 7 state semifinals in 2004. The Indians made the postseason in each of the last three years and posted their first playoff win since 2004 last season.

“We have had very strong football and girls basketball teams,” Bryant said. “This year’s football team is probably the best that we’ve had in years. The girls basketball team also has been very successful. It was a difficult decision to leave the programs, but it was ultimately the best move for my family.”

Bryant and his wife Heather have three daughters. Their oldest, Taylor, graduated from Newberry in 2017 and ended her prep career as the school’s all-time leading scorer for boys or girls with 1,472 points. The three-time Straits Area Conference and Eastern U.P. Conference Player of the Year hold the program record for steals and assists in a career, season and in a game. Bryant is continuing her career in the fall at Lake Superior State.

“One of the nice things about this move is that we will still be able to see Taylor play and not have that far of a drive,” Bryant said.

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