Category Archive: Rex Lardner – Managing Editor AFM

Oct 12

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – Harry Welch

Name the only California high school coach to win a state championship at three different high schools? The answer is Harry Welch, now in his third season at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. Welch won his first state championship at Canyon High School in 2005, another at St. Margaret’s in San Juan Capistrano in 2008, …

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Oct 05

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – Joe Kinnan

Head coach of this season’s top ranked team in the nation, Joe Kinnan has helped Manatee High School in Bradenton (FL) win five state championships. Coach Kinnan grew up in Bradenton and was a Manatee grad, class of 1963. He began his coaching career at Ft. Myers Cypress Lake High School in 1969 when he …

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Sep 28

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – John Rodenberg

The outstanding tradition of football at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati began under legendary high school coach Gerry Faust. The school’s first head coach, Faust had an incredible 178-23-2 record from 1962-1980. This included four mythical national championships and seven unbeaten seasons. Faust then went on to become head coach at Notre Dame and …

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Sep 19

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard Of : Mike Grant

To say that coaching is in Mike Grant’s blood is putting it mildly. Grant, the Head Coach at Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota, is the son of Bud Grant, the long-time Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings. Bud Grant coached the Vikings from 1967-1985 and helped them reach four Super Bowls and is in …

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Sep 17

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – Chris Miller

James F. Byrnes High School lies in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northwest corner of South Carolina in the town of Duncan. Last year Byrnes won their 8th state title in the last ten years. They have been the most dominant team in South Carolina over the last decade. Byrnes defeated …

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Sep 06

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – Hank Carter – HC- Lake Travis High School (TX)

Lake Travis High School in Austin is truly a Texas powerhouse. They are the only five-time consecutive state champion with titles from 2007-2011. They have won their last two championships under the direction of Head Coach Hank Carter. In 2008 and 2009, Carter was the Defensive Coordinator as Lake Travis went 32-0. Their five-year overall …

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Aug 28

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – Bob Milloy

Bob Milloy is the Head Coach of Good Counsel High School in Olney, MD. In his 42 years as a head coach – at four different high schools – his overall record is 365-106-1. Last fall Good Counsel won their third straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title with a 12-0 record. Milloy also has eight …

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Aug 22

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of – Glenn Caruso

Consider this. Glenn Caruso was named head coach at the University of St. Thomas on January 24, 2008. He took over a team that finished 2-8 the previous season. In his first year, Caruso led St. Thomas to a 7-3 record. The Tommies finished 11-2 in his second year, then 12-1 in 2010, and 13-1 …

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Mar 09

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard of: Colorado State-Pueblo’s John Wristen

When John Wristen returned to his alma mater to become head coach at Colorado State-Pueblo in 2007, he was charged with restarting a program that had been discontinued in 1984. In the course of just over a year, he had to field a varsity team without the benefit of any prior preparation. He used word …

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Feb 08

A Coach You’ve Probably Never Heard Of: Willie Fritz

During Willie Fritz’s first pre-season camp at Sam Houston State in 2010, he handed each player a T-shirt with ‘Opportunity Is Now Here’ printed across the front. The Bearkats then completed a 6-5 season that fall. After attending the FCS Championship game that December, Fritz came back to campus and wrote three things on the …

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