Vandermus Takes Over Reins of Harbor Springs Football Program
The Harbor Springs football program will have a new coach this fall as Mike Vandermus takes over the reins from Rob Walker.
A 2010 Harbor Springs alum and former Albion College football player, Vandermus replaces Walker, who stepped down in March after leading the Rams since 2012. Walker guided Harbor Springs to three playoff appearances, including back-to-back in 2018 and 2019, and a pair of runner-up finishes in the Northern Michigan Football League Legacy Division.
Vandermus started at running back at Harbor Springs before moving on to play as a defensive back at Albion. After graduating from Albion in 2014, Vandermus served as a JV assistant coach that fall and as the middle school head coach in 2015. He was the varsity defensive coordinator from 2016-18 before taking the 2019 season off.
“He (Walker) set a really good foundation,” Vandermus said. “We’re going to try to keep a lot of the terminology the same. The less the kids have to learn, especially now with who knows what’s going to happen this summer with everything? There’s definitely, I think, going to be a shorter period for that time to learn. So, just trying to keep everything as simple as possible, but definitely some changes that are going to be happening. But the foundation and the structure is already there.”
In addition to his football head coaching duties, Vandermus also serves as the girls basketball team’s head coach, a position he’s held since 2018.