Coach Larry Roelens talks with players in a huddle during practice Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 at Port Huron Northern High School. (Photo: JEFFREY M. SMITH, TIMES HERALD)
Ranking the local high school football coaches
Joseph Hayes, Times Herald, October 10, 2017
The high school football season is quickly nearing its end.
With only a pair of games left in the regular season and the postseason right around the corner, what better time to look deeper into who have been the best players and coaches this season.
This weekend, the Times Herald Top 25 football player list will be announced. But first, let’s take a look at the men leading the teams as we detail the best coaching performances in the area this season.
But with only one game remaining in the conference season, let’s take a look at the top head coaches in the area for 2017.
1. Ron Glodich, Marine City: The Mariners have one of the most tradition-rich programs, regardless of the sport, in the entire Blue Water Area. Glodich has been with the program for three decades, but it would be hard to find a time when he has been better than the 2017 season.
Glodich has been downright outstanding when it comes to making adjustments and positioning the Mariners to have success. Marine City has played one of the most difficult schedules in the Blue Water Area at a time where declining enrollment has also led to a decrease in the number of players on the sidelines.
But that hasn’t stopped Glodich from leading the Mariners back into the playoffs. This weekend, they will also play for an outright Macomb Area Conference Gold Division championship.
2. John Kocher, Richmond: It was anyone’s guess how Richmond would look this season. Co-coach James Bishop left to coach St. Clair and Kocher was on his own to find a way for Richmond to continue progressing.
Unsurprisingly, Richmond is right back where it has always been, competing for a Blue Water Area Conference championship. Richmond is talented and will have an excellent shot at making a postseason run.
3. Larry Roelens, Port Huron Northern: Year after year, the Huskies continue to improve under Roelens. The Huskies qualified for the playoffs for a second consecutive season and will be a tough out for whoever they face.
Northern has also been super competitive in the MAC Gold Division and has a strong chance to finish the regular season on a high note entering postseason play. That progress can be attributed to Roelens.
4. Scott Barnhart, Algoanc: Just call him Mr. Consistent. Scott Barnhart has always seemed to be the same after wins and after losses and each week he has his team ready to play.
The only hiccup was Algonac’s disastrous Week 1 loss to Marine City. If not for the loss, Barnhart would likely find himself higher on the list. After all, his team has won six consecutive games and will play for another conference title Friday.
5. Ryan Mullins, Port Huron: This selection might surprise many people, considering Port Huron is still a game below .500. But it isn’t for a lack of effort or skill on Mullins’ part. Port Huron plays in the highest division of any local team and has been doing better than most expected.
It’s amazing just how well the Big Reds have recovered after getting off to a slow start. Despite dropping three of their first four games, Port Huron has recovered to challenge for a MAC Blue Division title.
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