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Vote for Noel Dean for Best High School Football Coach!
Vote for Noel Dean for Best High School Football Coach!

You can help make Noel Dean the USA Today High School Football Coach of the year.

The fourth installment of USA TODAY High School Sports' "Best Of" contest series kicks off at noon (ET) Monday, Sept. 30, with the first-ever Best High School Football Coach contest. USA TODAY staffers have selected eight active head football coaches in each state after more than a month of conversations with local media and other state/school officials with high school football expertise. From there, the fans will decide which coach emerges from a list of 408.

There will be three rounds of voting. The state round begins at noon (ET) Sept. 30 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 8. The 51 winners – each state plus Washington, D.C. - advance to a regional round, where they will be divided among eight regions of six or seven coaches apiece. The regional round begins at noon (ET) Oct. 9 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 18. The eight regional winners move onto the national round, which starts at noon (ET) Oct. 21 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 29. The champion is crowned based on most votes in the final round.

The athletic department of the winning coach will receive $2,000. Second through fifth places also receive cash prizes for the athletic departments: second ($1,000), third ($500), fourth ($250) and fifth ($100). All eight finalists receive banners for their schools.

The coaches in the poll for Michigan are:

  • Al Fracassa, Birmingham Brother Rice
  • Herb Brogan, Jackson Lumen Christi
  • John Herrington, Farmington Hills Harrison
  • John Schwartz, Mendon
  • Noel Dean, Lowell
  • Peter Stuursma, East Grand Rapids
  • Ralph Munger, Rockford
  • Tom Mach, Detroit Catholic Central

Click here to cast your vote for the best High School Football Coach in Michigan.

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