Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Bob Lantzy gave Ike stability few teams could approach

Stevenson was Eisenhower's fiercest rival during most of Bob Lantzy's 41 seasons as the Eagles' head football coach.
So perhaps it is fitting that the Titans came close to matching Eisenhower for stability at the head coaching position during Lantzy's tenure.
While Lantzy (pictured) was at Eisenhower from 1971-2011, three men held the head-coaching post at Stevenson: Bobby Hill, Rick Bye and Steve Goralski. Bye was Stevenson's coach from 1975 through 2009, and he and Lantzy built Stevenson-Eisenhower into one of the premier rivalries in the state.
Only one other Macomb County school matched Stevenson for stability during the Lantzy era.
Center Line had Rudy Hill (1956-1978, Pete Coll (1979-2003) and Bret Davis (2004-2010) at the helm while Lantzy was in charge at Eisenhower.
Cousino and Lincoln had four different head coaches during Lantzy's 41 years.
Pat McAleer, Bob Kalbfleisch, John Brooks and Mike Powell were at Cousino.
Joe Richard, Jim Plecas, Jim Benefield and John Moher were at Lincoln.
What schools are at the other end of the spectrum, having higher numbers of coaches during Lantzy's tenure?
Among county schools that played football continuously since 1971, Richmond has had the most head coaches, with 14. The Blue Devils had six different coaches in the six seasons from 1982 through 1987.
East Detroit had 12 from 1971 through this season.
South Lake also had 14 while Lantzy was at Ike, but the Cavaliers did not field a team in 1976.
New Haven had 13 since 1971, but did not have a team in 1977.
Memphis had 11 coaches, but no team in 1971.
FIVE EACH: Armada, Clintondale, Fraser, Lake Shore, Utica.
SIX EACH: De La Salle, Fitzgerald, L'Anse Creuse, Romeo.
SEVEN EACH: Mount Clemens, Sterling Heights.
EIGHT EACH: Anchor Bay, Chippewa Valley,
NINE: Lakeview.
For this survey, only schools that have been open since at least 1971 were considered.


Blogger drago said...

Played with coach's son @ Chippewa, came to know coach quite well, what a class act. Great person to be around, congratulations on a great career!
CVHS #88

February 3, 2012 at 5:50 AM 

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