Three Northern Michigan Coaches Named Finalists for Lions Coach of the Year

DETROIT – Three northern Michigan high school football coaches have been named finalists for the 2019 Detroit Lions Michigan High School Football Coach of the Year.

Pickford’s Josh Rader, Beal City’s Brad Gross and Glen Lake’s Jerry Angers are among 18 finalists for the award.

Rader led Pickford (12-1) to its first-ever state championship with a 48-15 victory over Portland St. Patrick in the MHSAA 8-player Division 2 state final on Saturday.

Gross has Beal City (12-1) back in the Division 8 state finals for the first time since making back-to-back appearances in 2012 and 2013. The Aggies held off Ubly for a 21-20 win in last Saturday’s Division 8 semifinal.

Angers and Glen Lake will be making their second Division 6 state finals appearance since 2016 on Friday after a thrilling come-from-behind overtime win over Montague last weekend.

Sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance, the winning coach will receive a $4,000 donation for his school’s football program and will be recognized at an upcoming Lions game.

Fans can vote once every hour until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30.

You can vote by clicking here.

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