Former Olivet High School head football coach Dean Peters will be inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame this Saturday night at the Sheraton Hotel in Ann Arbor.
Peters, who remains an OHS assistant after leading the Eagles for 26 seasons (1987-2012), will be among 14 honorees at the annual event.
The iconic coach earned the prestigious honor as a result of his teams’ success on the playing field. He accumulated a 170-88 record, 13 state playoff appearances, seven conference championships, two district titles, and one regional crown. He also led the Eagles during their 2010 appearance in the Division 5 state championship game at Ford Field.
Those closest to Coach Peters and the program, however, understand that his impact on the Olivet community goes much deeper than wins, losses, and championships.
“Dean made everyone around him better,” said former OHS head coach and fellow MHSFCA hall-of-famer Bob Burcaw. “He cared about the kind of person you became, not about how many points you scored or races you won. Winning was a bonus.”
Brock Peters, Dean’s son and former player, echoed Burcaw’s comments.
“Coaching was about much more than X’s and O’s or the scoreboard to him,” said Brock, who is Olivet’s current offensive coordinator in addition to being the principal at Fern Persons Elementary. “While there was a lot of success, the positive impact he had on many young men in our community…is why he did what he did.”
Saturday’s other inductees include Joe Delaney (Grand Blanc), Denny Dock (Stevensville Lakeshore), Jack Giamo (St. Mary Catholic Central), James Kalbfleisch (Lincoln Park), Jeff Keller (Hastings), Timothy Joseph McGee (Forest Hills Central), Jim Neumann (Powers Catholic), Ken Rimer (Constantine), Dave Spaulding (Monroe Jefferson), Gary Stefaniak (Essexville Garber), Kyle Tobin (Whittemore-Prescott), John Walker (Troy Athens) and Mike Zdebski (Walled Lake Western).