MISportsNow’s Top Stories of 2019: No. 10 – Green Bay Packers Hire Mt. Pleasant’s LaFleur
As we approach a new year and a new decade, MISportsNow is looking back at the top 10 area sports stories for 2019. This is the first in a 10-part series.
Mt. Pleasant native Matt LaFleur was hired as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.
As of this writing, LaFleur had the Packers sitting atop the NFC North division with an 11-3 record and made history by becoming the first Green Bay coach to lead his team to the playoffs in his first season.
LaFleur, 40, was hired away from the Tennessee Titans, where he spent one season as the team’s offensive coordinator after serving in the same position with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017.
Prior to joining the Rams, LaFleur spent two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons as the quarterbacks coach, reaching Super Bowl LI with the Falcons in 2017. LaFleur also spent time with Saginaw Valley State (2003), Central Michigan (2004-2005), Northern Michigan (2006), Ashland University (2007), Houston Texans (2008-2009), Washington Redskins (2010-2013) and Notre Dame (2014).
A 1998 Mt. Pleasant High School graduate, LaFleur played wide receiver at Western Michigan for one season before transferring to SVSU in 2000 and starring at quarterback on three NCAA Division II playoff teams and one Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship squad.
After graduating from SVSU in 2003, LaFleur played briefly with the indoor football team’s Omaha Beef and Billings Outlaws.