This is Coach Coon’s 25th year at the helm of Cheboygan Football and his 35th year coaching football overall (Cheboygan Assistant – 3 years, Joplin Parkwood, MO – 4 years, Alma HS – 2 years). His overall record as head coach is 160-78. Jack earned a BS in education from CMU and an MA in administration from GVSU. Coach Coon explains, “I coach for the excitement of the competition and to see players succeed. I also enjoy coaching a game that teaches life lessons on the playing field.” His most memorable coaching experiences include coaching his son, Ryan, and his brother, Michael. “I am proud to be associated with great football coaches and players through the game of football.” Each year brings new pride as he watches players venture into the world, become successful, and bring back great stories. “It’s rewarding to watch former players return to give back to the program and community that gave them so much!” (Five former players are on the coaching staff and one is on the sideline as team doctor.) Coach Coon’s advice to current/future football players is simple. “Love what you do, and you will never have to work a day in your life!” In his free time, which he will have more of since retiring from the classroom, he enjoys outdoor activities, travelling to new places, and golfing. He is living his dream job and hopes to coach for many more years. Jack’s wife Erin is a teacher/coach and his son Ryan works in Kalamazoo.
Coach McGowan began coaching football for Cheboygan High School in 1988 after coaching at Bay City John Glenn, Pinconning, and Bay City All-Saints. He is the offensive coordinator (MHSFCA Assistant Coach of the Year – 2011) and also coaches the offensive line. He coaches “to make a difference in some young men’s lives, to teach young men to work hard, and to provide a positive role model when kids need it most.” Coach McGowan’s most memorable coaching experiences include coaching in the state championship game in 1991 and coaching the Michigan High School All-Star Game in 2010. His advice to current/future football players is to “always do your best; savor every moment and memory provided to you by the Cheboygan Football experience. Tim is a social studies/psychology teacher at CHS. He has a B.A. degree from SVSU and a M.A. degree from CMU. Coach McGowan and his wife Lisa have been married for 28 years and have one son Alex.
Coach Sturvist came to Cheboygan High School via the U.P. He went to high school at Lake Linden-Hubbel where he played football and basketball. He then earned a BS in education at NMU. Growing up, Dave wanted to be a forester, but life took him in a different direction. He has been coaching football for the Chiefs since 1991 and is currently the defensive coordinator. “I enjoy the preparation process that goes into beating a team. I also enjoy seeing the players improve.” “Sturv” teaches science and physical education at CHS. In his limited free time he enjoys watching his children’s sporting events, golfing, fishing, and filling out coaching profiles. His “dream” job would be an NFL or college official. He doesn’t like being late, but he likes cheeseburgers and the movie Caddyshack. Coach Sturvist has two children, Julia and Derek.
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 11th year teaching and coaching overall and his first year teaching (social studies and physical education) and coaching 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 did. 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.
Coach Beaudry has witnessed the way Cheboygan Football from inside and outside the lines. He played for Coach Coon is the 90’s and began coaching for Cheboygan in 2005. Coach Beaudry is in charge of the defensive line. He is also a tribal police officer in St. Ignace. Growing up, Ryan wanted to play football for the Michigan Wolverines. In high school, Ryan participated in football, hockey, and track. After CHS, he went to FSU and LSSU and graduated with a BS in criminal justice. He coaches because “my football years here meant a lot to me. This football program means a lot to fellow alumni and me. I enjoy being able to still be a part of this program and the game of football. Hopefully I can help maintain the tradition this program has had for a long time.” When not working or coaching, Ryan enjoys hunting, fishing, lifting weights, UM Football, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Coach Beaudry is married to Heather and has a daughter Ashlynn.
Nate King was a versatile player for the Cheboygan Chiefs in the late 90’s and now lends his expertise as Defensive Backs and Tight Ends Coach and as media specialist maintaining the Cheboygan Football Website and scouting programs. Nate says “The most satisfying part of coaching for me is when I see player have that ‘gut check’ moment where they experience failure, pain or adversity but then find it within themself to try again and achieve success through perseverance...” His advice to current/future players is “Every time you put the pads on you are writing your own history as a Chief as well as contributing to the history of one of the most respected football traditions in the state. Your four year window to wear the orange and black comes and goes in the blink of an eye. No matter what position you play or where you are on the depth chart, you are important to your school, your coaches, your teammates and your community. Step up and continue the tradition.” Nate has degrees in Broadcasting, History and Political Science and is a certified Secondary Ed Teacher. Currently he works as a Media Production Specialist and Account Manager with Northern Lights Creative Marketing, as a musician, and also volunteers as president of the Cheboygan Jaycees serves on the Cheboygan City Council.
In his first year on the Cheboygan Staff, Jason Lovelock joins the Varsity Chiefs coaching Defensive Ends and Offensive Line with a wealth of football experience both as a player and a coach. Playing High School Football at Kimball High School in Royal Oak, Michigan, Jason went on to play offensive guard for Ferris State University in 1991-1993. Jason then went on to play semi-pro ball with the Green Bay Bombers and the Detroit Seminoles and was an AFA All-American in 1996 & 1997. After his playing career, he went on to coach offensive line with the Osceola Ghostriders in Kissimmee, Florida in 2007; was Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel for the IFL’s Saginaw Sting from 2007-2009 and then General Manager/Head Coach of the Port Huron Predators of the CIFL from 2010-2011. Jason coaches football to pass on his experience, both the highs and the lows as a player and coach as an example to our young men. His best football memory is signing his first professional playing contract with the PIFL Green Bay Bombers. Jason is currently employed as a Bartender/Manager at the Boathouse in Cheboygan. In his free time he enjoys taking his hound, Chubs, for long walks on the beach.
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 in a positive role. 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 and math at Cheboygan High School, and he and his wife Vikki have two sons, Cooper and Rudi.
Coach Bury has been coaching football for the Chiefs since 1995. He is the defensive coordinator for the JV team and the defensive assistant 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 three kids, Asher, Avery, and Ava.
Coach Jeannotte grew up in the U.P. playing football and basketball for Lake Linden-Hubbell H.S. He graduated from MTU with a BSBA and from CMU with an MA in educational leadership. Ed began coaching for Cheboygan in 1988 and has coached freshmen, JV, and varsity football as well as JV and varsity basketball and youth soccer. He “loves working and teaching young players and getting them to play with passion and grow as individuals.” His advice to current/future football players is to play every down like it’s 4th down and the game is on the line. “When current and former players appreciate your efforts and the respect you give them by returning that respect on and off the field by calling you ‘coach’” is a proud moment for Coach Jeannotte. In his free time he enjoys reading and learning, coaching and working with youth sports, and working outside “blazing trails.” Ed is currently the assistant principal at Cheboygan High School. He and his wife Sandy are the proud parents of Andrea and Adam.
Gary Demeuse has been coaching football for 24 years and has been the head freshmen football coach for 11 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.
James Lafrinere - Freshmen
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 Bachelor’s 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.
Luke Kwiatkoswki - Freshmen
Luke Kwiatkowski played fullback for the Cheboygan Chiefs during the Big North years and was all-conference in 2001. He still ranks 3rd in all-time rushing yards at CHS. He is responsible for the linebackers, offensive tackles, and special teams for the freshmen Chiefs. He coaches because he loves the game and wants the same for the kids. His advice to current/former football players is that “hard work equals success.” His most memorable coaching experience came last year in the last game against an undefeated Mancelona JV team. In freezing rain, the freshmen Chiefs fought back to end the game in a tie. Proud coaching moments happen often for Luke. He said, “Every day I find something to be proud of. Last year, being asked by Stan Swiderek to wear a button and get introduced at the game as someone who made a difference in his life was pretty special.” Luke is currently a paralegal at PK Law Firm, and he hopes to graduate from law school one day.