Fan Caves of Northern Michigan: Dave Whitehead of Mancelona

MISportsNow is traveling throughout northern Michigan this summer in search of the best fan caves. This is the fourth episode in the weekly series.

MANCELONA – Longtime Clarkston Community Schools employee and coach Dave Whitehead has amassed a large collection of Detroit professional, college and high school sports memorabilia through his years of collecting.

Whitehead’s “Dave Cave” includes items from the Detroit Tigers, Michigan State men’s basketball and football and Clarkston.

Whitehead shares his passion for sports with his wife Ellen.

“We’re in this thing together, that’s for sure,” he said. “We have a lot of enjoyment through athletics, you know, going to Beach Bums games and now it will be Pit Spitters. We’ve been to a lot of Tigers games. We had a young man that was doing punt, pass and kick at halftime of a Lions game, so we were down there for that. And our kids were pretty good athletes, so we supported them all the way through. Always enjoyed it and we enjoyed it together, so she’s my best friend.”