Podcast: Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame Coach Noel Dean is coming back into the game

pink arrow prideIn 2011, Lowell head coach Noel Dean was joined by Pacqui Kelly, cancer survivor and wife of Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly for a seminar for other schools on how to hold a fundraiser.
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A couple of days ago, I called my good friend Noel Dean, who retired a couple of years ago, to publicize the fact that his family’s company — Addix — is now making masks as a way to keep employees on their production line as America battles the coronavirus.

The idea was to have Coach Dean talk about how Addix is being affected, as a small busines, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dean retired from Lowell High School in 2018 to work full-time in the family business.

However, as we talked, Dean sprung a surprise on me…he was thinking about going back into the profession he loves — high school football. That means that some high school, in the near future, is going to get one of America’s finest coaches, and in my mind, human beings.

Here’s the tale of the tape:

Dean, a member of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, led the Lowell Red Arrows to three state championships while amassing a lifetime record of 219-41.  In addition, Dean guided Lowell to 10 league titles, 11 district titles and 8 regional titles. In addition to the three state titles, Dean led the school to three state runner-up finishes.

But, maybe more than his on the field success, Dean is best known for his creation of the school’s Pink Arrow Pride game in 2008 that raised $1.8 million to help community residents in their battle with cancer.

Listen to my chat with Coach Dean about his football future and what’s happening with Addix and its manufacturing of masks below:

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.