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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Underrated coaching jobs

Since this is the transition period between the fall and winter sports seasons and postseason awards either have come out or are about to come out, Kosmo can address something he has wanted to for a few weeks. There were plenty of great underrated coaching jobs done this season on the gridiron, and Kosmo isn't necessarily talking only about coaches who guided their teams to the playoffs. Yes, those coaches did great jobs and should be recognized, but there should be others that are applauded as well. Here are the coaching jobs that stand out most to Kosmo this season. Scott Guthrie, Hazel Park - Annually Guthrie is one of the county's top coaches for what he gets out of his players. The Vikings had paltry numbers and even smaller size, but the fact they were 4-1 at one point this season speaks volumes for how much the Vikings got out of themselves. Bud Rowley, Oxford - Is there any doubt now that the man is a coaching legend? Some probably felt the game passed Rowley by a couple of years ago, but the past two years, Oxford has made the playoffs in what is one of the area's toughest leagues. His emphasis on blocking and tackling never gets old and Rowley got so much out of a team that didn't have the numbers or size of other teams. He bred toughness in his kids nd will run through a wall for them and hopefully nobody doubts this legend again. Tony Patritto, Rochester Adams - Always a favorite of Kosmo's, Patritto might have done his best work this season. How is that possible when Adams saw a 15-year playoff streak end? Because at 1-5 Patritto and his staff rallied the team and kept it motivated enough to win its last three games, including over Southfield and Rochester, when there was nothing to play for. If Southfield wins, maybe it hosts Oak Park in the second round of the playoffs instead of playing at Oak Park. If Rochester wins, it makes the playoffs and then it re-shuffles playoff pairings, which might have affected Lake Orion's placement. Amazing what little coaching gems like this do even though few notice. Brad Zube, Stoney Creek - In his first season with the Cougars, Zube helped take a younger team and turn it into a playoff contender. With many juniors back next season for their senior years, expect Stoney Creek to make some major noise. It was a masterful job making Stoney Creek a 5-4 team and on the cusp of the playoffs. Brett Moore, Walled Lake Northern - An eight-game winning streak, the school's first league title ever, the school's first playoff appearance ever and the school's first playoff win ever. Enough said.


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