Petoskey Readies for 1st Season Under Fralick’s Charge

PETOSKEY – Longtime assistant and program graduate Gavin Fralick has taken the head coaching reins at Petoskey and is looking to continue the tradition established by former coach Kerry VanOrman.

Fralick spent 15 years as Petoskey’s defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator prior to taking over for VanOrman who retired following the 2018 season. Under VanOrman, who took over as head coach in 2003, the Northmen went 88-69, made eight playoff appearances, recorded six seasons of eight or more wins, including three nine-win seasons, and won the program’s first-ever postseason title with a Division 3 district championship in 2014. Petoskey had made the playoffs just twice prior to VanOrman’s tenure.

“Excited, but really we’re fortunate that we’ve got almost the exact same coaching staff that’s been here, some of us have been working together for 15-plus years,” Fralick said.

“It’s been really cool seeing coach become the head coach,” added Petoskey senior Nate Eberly-Rodriguez. “we’ve all known him since we were in seventh grade and we’ve been going to workouts with him but he’s definitely stepped into the head coaching well.”

The Northmen reached the postseason for the first time last season since making consecutive appearances in 2014 and 2015. Petoskey once again has a challenging non-conference slate that features Mt. Pleasant, Escanaba, Sault Ste. Marie and Marquette.

Petoskey opens its season on the road at Mt. Pleasant on Friday, Aug. 30. The Oilers won both of last year’s meetings.

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