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Football coaching carousel continuing to spin throughout Michigan

Football   | Jeff Dullack

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As February approaches, the football coaching carousel in the state of Michigan continues to go round and round and there's no sign of it slowing down as one premier coaching position was filled on Friday and another opened up.

After the whirlwind that surrounded De La Salle after naming Scott Merchant as head coach, before Merchant had a change of heart and went back to Chippewa Valley, De La Salle finally decided on a new football coach, hiring Mike Giannone, Macomb Dakota was left with a vacant head coaching position for the first time in 18 years.

Dakota, which won two state championships under Giannone’s watch in 2006 and 2007, will without a doubt be one of the top available coaching jobs in the state with the success that the Cougars have had in years past, as well as the facilities on the campus at Dakota.

Much like the De La Salle coaching search for Dakota’s next coach is sure to be one that will have high profile names considered to take over for Giannone.

On the west side of the state, one of the most successful football programs, East Grand Rapids, who’s won 11 football state championships in school history found itself in need of a new coach earlier this week when Peter Stuursma accepted the coaching position at Hope College.

East Grand Rapids, who won five straight Division 3 state titles between 2006 and 2010, now has big shoes to fill and will plenty of the top coaches from the west side of the state lining up to apply for the job.

The Stoney Creek coaching position is one that is also likely to be a coveted one after Brad Zube left the Cougars to become the next football coach at Ortonville Brandon.

The 2015-2016 offseason has been a wild one on the coaching carousel and it looks like there will be at least two more big time coaching hires before all is said and done.