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The Drive For Five – Top Five Active Football Coaches in Michigan

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The Drive For Five – Top Five Active Football Coaches in Michigan

With the news of Detroit Catholic Central coaching legend Tom Mach retiring after 41 years as the head coach of the school’s football team, here are the Top 5 active football coaches in my opinion (No Order).

John Herrington (Farmington Hills Herrington) – Herrington currently ranks second in the MHSAA in career wins with 425, which is just five wins shy of Al Fracassa’s all-time wins mark of 430, and has a career winning percentage of .805. Herrington has guided Harrison to a record 11 state championships and 16 state championship game appearances, which is one appearance shy of Tom Mach.

George Porritt (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s) – The Eaglets just won the seventh state championship of the George Porritt era last fall and a third straight title for the second time in his coaching career. Porritt’s career coaching record since taking over the St. Mary’s program in 1989 is 256-71 as he enters his 28th season as the school’s sideline general.

Noel Dean (Lowell) – As good of a tactician as there is in the entire state, Dean has been the epitome of consistency since moving over to Lowell in 1996. Along with the first five years of his coaching career spent at Burton Bendle, Dean has a 235-64 record along with six appearances in the state finals (all with Lowell) and three state titles.

Thomas Wilcher (Cass Tech) – The architect of a PSL dynasty, Wilcher and Cass Tech have put together dominant season after dominant season. The Technicians have won three titles under Wilcher, with all three titles coming in the past six seasons and 162 games since Wilcher took over the program in 1997.

Ralph Munger (Rockford) – Munger ranks seventh all-time in career wins in MHSAA history with 313 in almost 40 years of coaching between Frankenmuth (1980-1991) and Rockford (1992-Present). In his time in charge of the Rams, Munger has led Rockford to three state championships and five state championship game appearances.