Cheboygan Chiefs Football Coaching Staff 

David Schulz – Varsity Head Coach

Head Coach, David Schulz graduated from Cheboygan High School, where he played three years of varsity football (quarterback/defensive back), and then from Alma College, where he played four years of varsity football (defensive corner). He majored in Exercise and Health Science and minored in Social Studies. Later he earned his MA in Education from SVSU. Currently, David is in his 15th year teaching and coaching overall and teaches Physical Education and Social Studies at Cheboygan H.S. David enjoys football because of “the intense feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment you feel when you prepare an entire team to play each week and the players execute the plan at a high level.” David’s goal for himself and the program is to win a state championship, and his advice for football players is to work as hard when someone isn’t looking as you do when someone is looking, both in football and life. His most proud coaching experience is any time people tell him about something nice that one of his players have done. David and his wife Kate have two daughters (Bea and Abbey) and son (Ben), and they are excited to be part of the Cheboygan Community.

Adam Bury - Varsity Defensive Coordinator

Coach Bury has been coaching football for the Chiefs since 1995. He is the Defensive Coordinator for the Varsity Chiefs on Friday nights. He played football for four years at Britton-Macon where he was the quarterback and strong safety. He then graduated from WMU with a BS in education and from Marygrove with an MA. Adam teaches physical education at Cheboygan Middle School and coaches because he is competitive and “to provide and encourage athletes to be a part of a once in a lifetime experience. I hope to promote teamwork, discipline, and responsibility in each individual.” Coach Bury’s advice to current/future football players is to “play every play like it could be the last. Make memories with your friends by working together as a team.” When not coaching/teaching, he enjoys coaching his kids’ activities, golfing, boating, and skiing. He looks forward to having more vacations with his family in the future. Adam and his wife Ann live in Cheboygan with their five children.

James Lafrinere - Varsity Offensive Coordinator

Offensive Coordinator, James Lafrinere is a Cheboygan Football Player turned Cheboygan Football Coach.  From 2000 – 2003, James played safety, quarterback, and tight end. As a coach, “I enjoy working with the players and sharing my knowledge and love of the game. Football teaches them life lessons in discipline and teamwork. I enjoy seeing the players learn these skills and apply them on and off the field.” His advice to current/future football players is that “success can be reached on and off the field with hard work, discipline, and being a team player.”  His goals include maintaining the quality education and athletic opportunities of Cheboygan so his family and the rest of the youth of Cheboygan will be able to enjoy the same experiences he did growing up here.  James attended FSU and earned a Bachelors of Technical Education with an Automotive Major and a Bachelors of Political Science Education. He is currently the Automotive Technology Teacher at CHS. In his free time, Coach Lafrinere enjoys being outdoors hunting, fishing, hiking, and snowmobiling with his wife, Lindsay, and other family and friends. James and Lindsay are expecting their second child in the near future.

Chuck Atkins - Varsity Assistant Coach

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Scott Kelley - Junior Varsity Head Coach

Coach Kelley began coaching football for the Chiefs in 1989.  He has coached at various levels and is currently the Head Junior Varsity Coach.  Scott graduated from Comstock High School where he ran cross country and track.  From there Scott earned a BS in chemistry from Hope College and an MA in secondary education from CMU.  He also has certification as an administrator from GVSU. Coach Kelley enjoys coaching because it “is an opportunity to work with kids in a different atmosphere than the classroom, and hopefully present myself as a positive role model. More importantly, I feel I can teach discipline, teamwork, and respect for themselves.” When he is not coaching, he spends time working in his shop and on his property, running, and coaching and watching his sons’ sports. His goals are to continue to influence and encourage kids through teaching and coaching and coach his own son as a high school football player. He hopes to eventually retire to work in his shop and start a small farm.  Coach Kelley teaches science, math and runs the Robotics Club at Cheboygan High School. He and his wife Vikki have two sons, Cooper and Rudi.

Gary Demeuse – Junior Varsity Assistant Coach

Gary Demeuse has been coaching football for 26 years. A "Yooper", Gary graduated from Gladstone High School where he was a two-way starter on a state semifinalist football team.  After GHS, he earned a BA in math education and an MS in math education from NMU.  He coaches because he loves to pass on the experiences that his coaches gave him. Coach Demeuse looks forward to climbing the coaching staff ladder and being a part of Cheboygan State Champions. His advice to current/future football players is to “take advantage of the ‘Here and Now’ because for most of us, we only have four years.” A proud coaching moment came in 2009 when the freshmen Chiefs soundly defeated Alpena after losing soundly to them in 2008 (70 point swing). Gary is a 7th – 9th grade math teacher at Inland Lakes.  In his free time he enjoys his kids’ sporting events.  Gary and his wife Julie have four children: Taylor, Christopher, Trenton, Jacqueline.

Justin Cherry - Junior Varsity Assistant Coach

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Nate King - Technology & Scouting Assistant

Nate King was a versatile player for the Cheboygan Chiefs from 1995 -1998 and has assisted at all levels of the program since 2010. Coach King serves as the Technology Specialist for the team, maintaining the Cheboygan Football Website, Facebook Page and the HUDL online scouting/film exchange program. Nate earned his credentials at Central Michigan and Grand Valley State Universities and teaches Social Studies, Business Management Technology & Radio/TV Broadcasting at Cheboygan High School.