Dearborn area coaching connections are up and down


The greater Dearborn area has seen a steady stream of head coaches and assistant coaches, both prep and college, coming from the area during the past few decades. Many of these coaches have made their mark on the local gridirons and elsewhere.

Strong connections to Dearborn, from those who have taken their coaching talents to a more elevated level, have been part of both the high school and college scene. Focus on Sports will now take you on a coaching journey that recalls and remembers those coaches who have had an impact from the 1960s through the present.

Back in the day, as they say, Tony Versachi coached an elite Divine Child football team, covering the 1960s. He put together a Catholic League powerhouse that won numerous titles and championships under his reign.

When he left and went on to be an assistant at Michigan State University, another top coach took his place. That was Bill McCartney, who promptly kept the Falcons perched at the top of the parochial competition.

Divine Child quarterbacks like Gary Danielson and Gary Forstek were prep blue chippers who both went on to play Division 1 college football. Eventually, McCartney moved from his athletic director and football head coach position at DC to spend a number of years as an assistant under Bo Shembechler at the University of Michigan. His coaching career was definitely on the up-side, ending only after taking the University of Colorado to the NCAA National Championship in 1990.

Since that time, a new breed of head coaches has hit the scene.

One of those newer coaches is Dan Enos, a former Edsel Ford grid star who started at quarterback for MSU from 1989 to 1990). Enos, just two years ago, signed a five-year contract with Central Michigan University to be their head football coach. He is currently rebuilding the Chippewa team as they have been playing so-so during the past few seasons. The jury is still out on Enos at CMU and only time will tell.

Pat Shurmur, who came out of DC and MSU, has been a coach in the pro ranks for a number of years. He is the current head coach of the Cleveland Browns, who haven’t been performing very well this year. The lowly Browns are at the bottom of the NFC North Division and have new owners. Will they retain Shurmur? Maybe the answer to that question is no.

In another sport, hockey, Tom Anastos, a Fordson High School grad, is running the Michigan State Hockey team. He is now in his second year and the Spartans may very well play an important part in deciding who will win the Central Collegiate Hockey Association title this winter.

There you have it, local head coaches who have made their marks, mostly good, in the field of coaching varsity athletics. We wish them nothing but success on the field and off of it.

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