Pelong Takes Over Chippewa Hills Football Program
REMUS — Chippewa Hills will have a new football coach next season, as the school board recently approved Mark Pelong to take the program over.
Pelong is a familiar face for the Chippewa Hills community. The Central Michigan University alum became at teacher in the school district in 2002 and has coached various sports and teams for the Warriors. He was the varsity boys basketball coach for five years.
In 2015, Pelong battled a brain tumor that took him away from coaching. Luckily, it wasn’t cancerous, so he was able to stay involved with sports as a referee.
This past season, he became the Chippewa Hills JV football defensive coordinator.
When the varsity football head coaching position became available, he decided it was the right time to get back into it.
“My children being a part of the program was probably the initial reason for me to get back into it,” Pelong said. “It’s a great group of kids and I was excited when the opportunity arose to become the varsity football coach.”
He takes over a program that went 2-5 last season and last finished the season with a winning record in 2017 at 7-3.