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COACHING NEWS: Waterford welcomes new legend, says farewell to another, while naming his successor

   | Scott Burnstein

COACHING NEWS: Waterford welcomes new legend, says farewell to another, while naming his successor

WATERFORD – As one legendary head coach was replaced, another walked through the door in the city of Waterford this week.

It started with private school Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes naming Josh Sawicki its new head football coach, assuming the reins from Hall of Fame sideline general, Mike Boyd and ended with public school Waterford Kettering hiring highly-regarded bench baron Ben Kelso its new head boys basketball coach.

Sawicki, 26, is an alum of WOLL and a protégé of Boyd’s, serving as his defensive coordinator last season. When he played for Boyd in the early 2000s Sawicki was a three-time all-state pick, helping lead the Lakers to a state title in 2002. Lining up at running back and linebacker, he excelled at both positions. Once he recorded a school-record 26 tackles in a single game.

Playing in college at Valparaiso, he started his coaching career as an assistant on the west side of the state at Kalamazoo Central.

Boyd coached at WOLL for 46 years, turning the Lakers’ football program into a small-school state power. His 352 wins on the gridiron is third-most in MHSAA history.

Back in the fall in his final campaign at the helm, Boyd guided his squad to a 9-3 record an