About Saginaw County Sports’ Board of Directors
Sharon Bade 2013
PRESIDENT Sharon Bade 2013
Sharon Sanders was a three-sport athlete at Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, earning 10 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, and track. She was a three-time Saginaw News All-Area first team selection in volleyball. She helped lead Eisenhower to a Class B state runner-up finish in 1979 and a State Championship in 1980 as a first team All-State selection. She received first team All-Conference honors all four years. In basketball Sanders was a two- time Saginaw News All-Area first team selection and a two-time first team All-Conference selection. She was named team MVP her junior and senior seasons as she averaged 17 points-per-game. In track, she holds the Eisenhower school record for the 200-meters, 400-meters and the long jump and qualified for the state meet in four events her senior year. During her career at Ike she was named first team All-White Pine Conference 10 times. Sanders received a full volleyball scholarship to Ferris State University where she earned Ferris States first volleyball NCAA Division II All-American honors twice. She was named Bulldog of the Year in 1984 and Female Athlete of the Year in 1985. She led Ferris to a 48-3 record in her senior year and was a three-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference selection (1982, ’83, ’84), and a two-time selection to the NCAA All-Tournament team. She holds the Ferris record with 1,440 assists in a season, while compiling 4,954 for her career. FSU won three consecutive conference titles and the Bulldogs were 150-45 in her four years. She was Ferris State’s captain for two years (1983 and ’84) and MVP three consecutive years (1982, ’83, ’84). Sanders, a member of the Ferris State University Sports Hall of Fame, would go on to a successful volleyball coaching career, racking up an impressive 530-219-39 record. She is one of only 27 coaches in the State of Michigan to receive 500+ wins. In 2004-05, she was the Saginaw News Dream Team Coach of the Year and the state’s Regional Coach of the Year in 2007. Since 2006, Sharon Bade has qualified for the Boston Marathon eight consecutive years, completing the marathon seven times.
Jeff Cottrell 2012
Jeffrey Cottrell has been a lifelong Saginaw resident. While in his youth, he played many sports. He excelled at football and was a decent hurdler as well for the Vikings of Swan Valley. Jeff didn't stay in Saginaw the whole time though, he spent a few years in Mount Pleasant getting a degree from Central Michigan University and graduated in 2003. Over the past few years, he has become involved in football again. He coached at Saginaw High for five years.
As the Multimedia Specialist for the Historical Society of Saginaw County, he regularly helps on the acquistions committee and has prepared the exhibits relating to sports. He has also done an exhibit about football in the county as well.
Jeff is married to Haley Cottrell and they have two daughters. He serves as a member of the Saginaw Downtown Lions Club and was recently the president.
Greg Mallek 2021
Saginaw native who graduated from Merrill High School in 1991. As a standout basketball player at Merrill Greg received First Team All Conference honors his junior and senior years as well as honorable mention all state honors. Greg played collegiate basketball at Quincy University (Illinois) his freshman through juniors years. He was an integral part of Quincy Universities first team to appear in the NCAA D2 Tournament in the 93-94 season. After his junior season Greg moved home to Michigan playing his senior season at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU). In his senior season he started all 26 games being ranked in the top 10 in the country in blocked shots and field goal percentage while averaging nearly a double double in points and rebounds. Following his playing career at SVSU Greg completed his Bachelor's degree in Education and Master's degree in Education Administration.
Upon completing his bachelors degree Greg began teaching in the Saginaw Public School district and was on the coaching staff at Arthur Hill High School for their Class A Boys Basketball State Championship in 2006. In the fall of 2007 Greg left Saginaw Public Schools as a teacher to become the first full time Athletic Director at Delta College. During his four year tenure at Delta College he added the baseball and women's soccer programs to the offerings, which today have the coaches that Greg hired and are the two most successful programs at Delta since their inception.
in August 2011 Greg accepted the position of Assistant Athletic Director at Olivet College. During Greg's 14 months at Olivet he was an integral part of the Athletic Department's hiring of new staff and oversaw all recruiting efforts and compliance of the College's 21 varsity programs.
Upon leaving Olivet in October of 2012 to return to the Community College ranks, Greg accepted the position of Athletic Director at Lansing Community College (LCC). Since his arrival at LCC Greg has been a major factor in the resurgence of the cross country programs, two national championships, and the baseball program, being ranked in the top 10 in the country with a 3rd place finish in the NJCAA D2 World Series in 2017. All nine (9) varsity programs have earned top 20 rankings throughout Greg's tenure. With Greg's leadership the athletic programs at LCC have won four (4) consecutive Charlie Chanter All Sports Awards (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), naming the Star's athletic programs as the top community college program in Michigan, out of 20 institutions.
Greg enjoys spending time with his family and friends camping and watching sports. He live in Hemlock, MI with his wife Tracy (Rohn) and their son Kahl and daughter Jaedyn.
Lori Trumble 2022
LORI WEBER TRUMBLE
Lori Weber Trumble was born in Saginaw, MI in 1969 and grew up in Frankenmuth, MI. She attended Immanuel Lutheran School in Frankentrost, MI. She was involved in sports since the 5th grade both competitive and neighborhood pickup. She attended Frankenmuth High School where she was involved in volleyball and track. She is a 1988 graduate of FHS.
Since graduation Lori has been working in the automotive industry. Working for Zehnder Chevrolet Buick for over 20 years and since 2010 has been employed with Garber Management Group.
She has been involved with recreational volleyball and women’s modified softball since graduation until the birth of her daughter Elizabeth in 2003. Coaching Area 22 Special Olympics swim team along with taking a group of them to Mt Pleasant for summer games. For the last 20 years she has been involved with Immanuel Frankentrost Living Nativity. Volunteering other hours to the Summer Music festival as well as the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest. She continues to be an avid sports fan and very much enjoys college basketball and football, professional baseball and hockey.
Lori, along with her husband Dave, of 26 years and her daughter Elizabeth reside in Saginaw Township.
Craig Atkins 2022
Lola Barry 2008
Lola is a life-long sports fan who has instilled a love of athletic competition in her children and grandchildren. Well versed in most sports and recognized by coaches as an involved and motivated parent. Trained as a Registered Nurse and served in many military and civilian leadership positions
Bud Butler 2001
WILLIE BUD BUTLER
Bud Butler is a lifelong resident of Saginaw. He attended Central Junior High School and Graduated in 1957 from Saginaw High School. Bud also attended Delta College. While in High School he played football and track. Bud lettered 3 times in track and 2 times in football. Bud retired from Delphi Steering Systems after 28 years of service.
Bud is a lifelong sport fan and has played Knothole Baseball and City League Basketball. He is married to Dorthy and they have two daughters and one son. Bud is one of the founding members of the Saginaw county sports Hall of Fame and is the Key organizer for our successful banquet each year.
Keith D. Clark 2007
Keith was born in Saginaw on January 7, 1948. He is a life-long resident of Saginaw County. He graduated from Merrill Community Schools in 1966. While attending Merrill High School, he earned 11 varsity letters - four in baseball, three in basketball, two in football and two in track.
An outstanding athlete, he was awarded Central Michigan League All-Conference honors in football and basketball, and Class C All-Area in football and basketball. He was also Merrill’s MVP in basketball his senior season.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University, Keith returned to his alma mater and taught English, Science, Social Studies and Physical Education. During this time he also coached varsity football and basketball from 1977-82. Keith later became principal of Merrill Schools in 1987, retiring in 2000 as Merrill School principal.
Since retiring, he has returned to his first love – teaching. Keith worked with disadvantaged and troubled youth at the Saginaw County Transitional Center and is currently a teacher at HealthSource of Saginaw in the Adolescent Psychiatric unit. He retired for the “third” time in June of 2007.
Keith resides in Merrill with wife Carol, also a Merrill native. They have three grown daughters, Andrea, Jennifer and Meghan, all graduating from Central Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University. Keith enjoys golf, watching sporting events, fishing, and attending his two grandson’s baseball games in Hemlock.
Jim Couture 2019
Jim was born September 15, 1960 in Superior Wisconsin and moved with his family to Saginaw in 1965. He attended Elementary and High School at St Stephen’s along with his 3 siblings, where he lettered in Football and Basketball. After high school he attended Ferris State University from 1978 – 1982.
After college Jim worked in the retail industry for 20yrs with JC Penney, Dunham’s Sporting Goods and Michael’s Arts & Crafts. He and his family moved around the Midwest from Pittsburg PA, Kansas City MO and several Michigan towns. Jim opened the Saginaw Dunham’s store in 1988 and Michael’s in 1993. Jim found his way back to Saginaw in 1999 and for the past 16 yrs he has worked for Chase Bank and a Branch Manager, District Manager and currently as a Business Relationship Manager working with Small business owners in Saginaw and Flint.
Jim has been involved in coaching his 2 sons in all the sports they participated in, from the early stage of T-ball to Jr High Basketball. This was at 3 different schools as he moved around. He was also involved in all of the Athletic Associations at those schools and was President of the Nouvel Catholic High Athletic Boosters for 2 years and on the board for 6 years. He was also the Chairman of the Parish Council for 3 years at St Stephen’s Parish and currently a member of the Knights of Columbus 4323.
Jim has 2 son’s James and Kyle. Both graduated from Nouvel Catholic Center High School. James lettered in Football and Wrestling. He was a member of the 2003 State Finalist Football team as a Jr and one of the Captains of the 2004 Football team that went to the State Semi Finals. James went on to play football at Alma college and was voted one of the Captains his Sr year. James currently lies in Lansing MI. Kyle lettered in Football and was a member of the 2006 State Championship Team. He attended Western Michigan for 2 years then transferred to the Kansas City Art Institute where had got his degree in Animation. Kyle currently lives in Kansas City.
Jim lives in Saginaw Township with his wife of 35 years, Dawn.
Don Cox 2006
Born and raised in Saginaw County, Don attended Saginaw Public Schools through eighth grade before moving to Freeland where he graduated in 1977. He attended The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, earning a degree in photography in 1981.
Growing up during the period when the Saginaw Recreation Department flourished, Don participated in many sports, winning a city championship in 1970 for 11 and under Butch Softball.
Don has one son (Brandon) and 28 nieces and nephews. He has helped coach many of their youth teams through the years.
His love of sports history was passed down from his father James B. Cox and older brothers Ken and Jerry. His father was a member of the Saints Peter & Paul undefeated and un-scored upon football team in 1937. His dad helped build the press box at the old SSPP field on Sweet Street.
Don was employed for many years in photography related businesses and spent 10 years as sports editor for The Township Times. Since 2017 he has been a professional driver and currently provides transportation for medical appointments.
He has attended every Hall of Fame banquet and provides photography for our events. Previously, he has served on the selection committee, new home committee and served as past chairman of banquet advertising.
Alexia Houpis 2021
Alexia Economou Houpis, is a Saginaw native, and graduated from Heritage High School in 1992 where she played both Basketball and Golf. Both sports and education have been an integral part of Alexia’s life.
Alexia graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 1996, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/English. She then attended Central Michigan University and received a graduate degree in Post Secondary Education in 1999. Alexia obtained a second graduate degree from Central Michigan University, a Master of Arts in Clinical/School Counseling in 2009. She taught at Freeland High School from 1999 to 2009, teaching U.S. History, English and Yearbook along with a variety of clubs she participated in as an advisor. She was selected as Saginaw County’s Saginaw Spirit Most Spirited Teacher of the Year in 2005, and won the Saginaw News 2008 Crystal Apple Teacher of the Year award. Alexia is currently a School Counselor at Arthur Hill High School, a position she has held since 2012. She helps students develop academic and social skills needed to succeed, personally and professionally. Alexia is the liaison for the NCAA Clearinghouse, guiding scholar athletes through the recruitment process and ensuring they are prepared for the academic side of college level sports.
Alexia is an executive board member of the Saginaw Greek Festival, having been the Chairperson for 11 years. She has volunteered as a friend of the Mid Michigan Children’s Museum for the last 5 years. Alexia leads Becca’s Closet at AHHS, which is a national non profit organization that donates prom dresses for students in need. She will be part of the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce Leadership Saginaw Class of 2022.
Alexia lives in Saginaw Township with her husband Evan and their children Georgia and Constantine. She is an avid fan of Lumberjack sports, and loves cheering on her former students who play at the collegiate level and beyond, along with cheering for her children who participate in Saginaw Township recreational softball, North Little League baseball, and Sugar Beets Football.
John Morey 2014
John is a lifelong resident of Saginaw. Born in 1963 he attended South Intermediate School and Graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1981. John was a Letterwinner in Football, Baseball and Hockey at AHHS. He was a member of the 1979 Arthur Hill High School Hockey Team that won the Saginaw Valley League Championship. Attending Ferris State College from 1981-1985, he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon(TKE) fraternity, Graduating with a Degree
in Survey Engineering.
Growing up in Saginaw he was a member of many youth athletic teams. Drawn to swimming where his father Don, was the Swim Coach at AHHS in the 60’s & 70’s. Many swim meets at the YMCA and South School where butterfly was his specialty. Summers were fill with Baseball and Softball, winning many league and tournament Championships for Nickodemus Oil, Bourdow Trucking, Michigan Tavern, Ewalds Bar and many teams sponsored by the Scottish Inn.
John is married to Cynthia and has two children, Cassidy & Lara . He has been a Board Member of the Arthur Hill Letterwinners for 20 years, and is the 2015 President of the Fordney Club of Saginaw. He is the Owner of D&M Site inc. a Survey and Engineering Firm
( formerly RC Engineering/ Wilcox Engineering ) in Saginaw. Located at 401 Balsam Street in Carrollton, Mi. The Firm specializes in Civil Engineering Developments, Subdivisions and Land Survey’s.
Pamela Mossner 2015
PAMELA O'CONNELL MOSSNER
Pamela Kay O’Connell Mossner , a lifelong resident of Saginaw County, attended Weber Junior High for kindergarten, and then St. Casimir’s until sixth grade. She then moved to Frankenmuth with her family in 1976, and attended Frankenmuth Middle School and Frankenmuth High School. She graduated from FHS in 1982. Pam played softball all throughout her childhood. It was her favorite sport to play and she was very competitive. Most of her games were played at Hoyt Park. While in high school, she played softball for three years (1 year J.V. and 2 years varsity) as a pitcher. From high school until 2004, she played on various women’s softball teams. She also coached from 2000-2004. Due to her children playing sports, Pam stopped playing and coaching the women’s league and began coaching her kids teams. She coached volleyball, softball, and soccer. She then stopped coaching them because they began playing AAU sports and that required a lot of traveling. She also met her husband, Jeffrey in high school. They started dating when she was sixteen, and have been together ever since. They just celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary this year as well. She is employed with Frankenmuth Credit Union as an Event Coordinator for Uptown North Main and RAM Productions as the coordinator, Pam is the Outreach Chairman at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Richville, a committee member for Frankenmuth Corn Maze, Living Nativity and Passion Drama. She loves to help people with various fundraisers too. She currently resides in Frankenmuth with her husband Jeff. Pam has two daughters both married and one granddaughter.
Al Pettyplace 2014
Al Pettyplace is a lifelong Saginaw area resident having graduated from Sts. Peter & Paul High School in 1960 where loved sports, especially football. He played four years of varsity and was Freshman MVP, Team MVP as a senior, 1st Team All Conference twice, 1st Team All State and eventually inducted into Sts. Peter & Paul’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
In college, he was a starter as a freshman at Augustana, but then transferred to Hillsdale. He started there as an offensive lineman for three years under legendary Coach Muddy Waters. He was named an All State Collegiate Team player his senior year. Professionally, Al was an All-Star with the Flint Blue Devils and signed with the Houston Oilers of the AFL. He played for the Toronto Rifles of the United Football League in Canada, the Grand Rapids Blazers, and turned down a tryout with the Chicago Bears.
Opting next for coaching and teaching, he led St. Charles High School to a #7 ranking in the state of Michigan in 1973. He assisted Muddy Waters in starting the Saginaw Valley State University football program in 1974 (through 1977) and next led Carrollton High School to its first ever conference title in 1978. He had coaching stints at Sts. Peter & Paul, MacArthur, Heritage, and Birch Run High Schools and Eastern Michigan University, as well.
Al has lived in the Birch Run countryside over 20 years with wife June, having raised boys Devin and AJ, and is now retired.
Clifton Ryan 2019
Clifton Ryan CLASS OF 2017
Clifton Ryan was born February 18, 1984, in Saginaw. He attended St. Stephen’s Middle School before winding up at Arthur Hill High School where the 2002 graduate was a solid three-sport athlete. Ryan earned eight varsity letters in football (3), basketball (3) and track and field (2). The two-time captain was one of the most dominating defensive players in the history of Arthur Hill football. In a Saginaw News poll, he was selected as a member of Arthur Hill’s all-time football team, and as the school’s best-ever football player. He recorded 310 tackles and 12 sacks during his three years on the varsity. Ryan, a three-time All-Saginaw Valley Conference selection, was named first team All-State by the Detroit News after recording 87 tackles, including four sacks. He also rushed for 376 yards and four touchdowns his senior year. Ryan was selected to play in the Michigan High School Football All-Star game. As a junior he produced 108 tackles, including 11 for losses, and three forced fumbles. He had 115 stops as a sophomore and selected to the Saginaw News Dream Team. Ryan was a PrepStar All-American and named to SuperPrep, PrepStar’s and Prep Football Report’s All-Midwest Teams. He was ranked among the nation’s top 25 athletes by ESPN.com’s Tom Lemming (No. 13), and listed among the Midwest’s top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 39) and Tom Lemming (No. 47), and rated among the state’s top seniors by the Lansing State Journal (No. 9), The Detroit News (No. 18) and the Detroit Free Press (No. 27). Ryan received a full-ride football scholarship to Michigan State University. After being granted a medical redshirt in 2002, he would go on to play 50 games for the Spartans – 35 as a starting defensive lineman. As a Spartan, the 6-foot-3, 310-pounder chalked up 118 total tackles – including 20 for losses. He also recorded 10.5 sacks and forced two fumbles. The two-time Spartan captain played well in rivalry games with 17 tackles, five for loss, against Notre Dame, and nine tackles, three for loss, against Michigan. Ryan was selected to play in the 2007 East-West Shrine Game. In the 2007 National Football League draft, Ryan was the St. Louis Rams’ fifth pick and the 154th player selected overall. Ironically, the Detroit Lions traded away two of their fifth-round picks to the Rams in exchange for a fourth-round pick. The Rams used one of those picks to select Ryan. In his debut season, he played in all 16 games finishing the season with 30 tackles and two sacks. He started 12 games in 2008 and 15 in 2009 before injuries ended his season and career in 2010. Ryan’s career stats during his four-year NFL career (2007-10) include 82 solo tackles, 21 assists, three sacks, three forced fumbles, and two pass deflections. While in college, he and LaMarr Woodley – friends since grade school – joined forces to help give back to their hometown of Saginaw through the Heroes for Kids Golf Outing. Local golfers were joined by college football players from both MSU and Michigan at the annual event, which generated several hundred thousand dollars for various youth programs in the Saginaw area.
Kevin J. Schultz 2015
KEVIN J. SCHULTZ
Kevin Schultz is a lifelong resident of Saginaw, County. He attended Mackinaw Middle School where he swam four years as a letter winner. At Eisenhower High School (’76-’80), Schultz was a multi-sport athlete in four sports, receiving varsity letters in tennis, swimming, and golf. His tennis career took him to Western Michigan University for two years and completed his college eligibility at Delta College for two seasons at number 1 singles and doubles. He received his Associate Degree from Delta College in business, his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saginaw Valley State University in communication, and his Master of Arts Degree from Assumption University in theology. He is actively involved in the community and has served on several boards, currently as a board of director for the Children’s Zoo and the Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame, and Past President of the Fordney Club of Saginaw County and the Rotary Club of Saginaw Sunrise. Schultz was previously active with the Saginaw County Republicans and served as the chairman for the 2004 Bush presidential campaign, and the 2006 DeVos state of Michigan gubernatorial campaign. Other past community involvements include chairman of the Kochville Township downtown development authority, past co-chairman for the construction of KrossRoads Park Boundless Playground, and Leadership Saginaw Class of 2015. Active memberships for Schultz include the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD), Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Knights of Columbus Council 4232, St. Thomas Aquinas parish, Rotary Club of Saginaw Sunrise, American Legion Post #439, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles 4217. Schultz is the Director of Athletic Development for Saginaw Valley State University as well an Adjunct Instructor and resides in Saginaw Township with his wife Rebecca. They are proud parents of daughters Riley, Raegan, and Rhea.
Ron Stanley 2017
Ronald was born and raised and currently lives in Saginaw, MI. He’s married to Anesha Stanley and has one daughter, Sinai. His success began early as a young athlete growing up in Saginaw where he was a part of many championship sport teams. Ronald attended Michigan State as a student athlete where he earned his degree in Criminal Justice. Some of his greatest accomplishments include, wining a High school State football championship at Saginaw High with honors in 2000, Graduating Saginaw High and earning a full football scholarship to Michigan State University in 2001, Graduating Michigan State in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree, being a 4 year starter and 2-time football captain at Michigan State from 2001-2004 and having the opportunity to play in the NFL (3-seasons) and win a Super bowl Championship as a rookie with the Pittsburg Steelers in 2005. Ronald has worked as a Property Manager with the Saginaw Housing Commission and has over 8 years of professional supervisory and work experience. Currently Ronald is the Dean of Students at Heritage High School. Ronald is very proud of all the things that he has accomplished this far in life and just at the young age of 36 he is excited about what the future holds for him.
Dan Weigl 2009
Dan was born January 16, 1954 to a family of eight and is a life long resident of Saginaw. He attended North Intermediate and Arthur Hill High School where he lettered in football and basketball. He went on to play basketball at Delta College and Ferris State University from 1972 through 1975.
Dan began working at General Motors Saginaw Manufacturing in 1976. During his 30 plus years as a member of UAW Local 467 he was elected to two terms on the Shop / Bargaining Committee. He also served as a member of the Recreation Committee and worked as a Licensed Stationary Engineer for the last 17 years. While working he attend Saginaw Valley State University part time to finish his education and graduated 1987 with a Business Administration Degree. After retiring from Delphi in May of 2007, he joined the Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club and continues today as a Tickets and Corporate Sales Account Executive.
He started coaching his daughter’s 6th grade basketball team in 1992 at Saint Thomas Aquinas School and has coached youth basketball, every season since. Dan has been a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Athletic Association for 20 years and served in all capacities within that organization including two terms as President. He was the Director of Athletics at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School from 2003 till 2006.
Dan was the Co-Founder and Director of the Tri-City Nets Girls A.A.U. Basketball Club from 1993 to 1999. The Nets went from 24 participants to over 100 and became one of the largest clubs in the state of Michigan. The Club is still active today.
He has four children. His daughter Ashley graduated from Nouvel Catholic Central in 2000 and was a Captain for the 1999 Final Four Class C Girls Basketball team. Ashley received her undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University and is currently enrolled in a dual Master Degree Program at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Public Health. Drew graduated from Nouvel in 2004 and was captain of both the 2003 Division 6 State Finalist Football team and the Varsity Basketball team. Drew completed his college football career at Hope College in 2007 with two M.I.A.A. Conference Championships 2006 and 2007, All Conference First Team 2007 honors and was voted by his teammates as Hope College Defensive M.V.P. his senior season. Drew graduated with a degree in Secondary Education in the spring of 2009 and is currently working at South Haven High School. Dan’s son Jordan graduated from Nouvel in 2007 and was a member of the 2006 Division 6 State Champion Football Team. Jordan is his junior year at Alma College majoring in Early Childhood Education is playing football. Griffin is in 8th grade at St. Thomas and plays basketball, football and baseball.
Dan lives in Saginaw Township with his loving wife of 29 years Joanie.
Fred Wydra, born in 1967 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, MI. He attended Webber Elementary, St. Casmir’s Catholic School, Carrollton Middle and High School, and finishing with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University in winter of 1991. Fred currently own a Farmers Insurance Agency in Freeland, MI. Fred’s favorite place to be is on the ball diamond. His recreational career started with St. George’s Dragons t-ball team, in which he played before his first year of kindergarten. Currently, Fred is the player/coach of his Farmer's Insurance Modified Softball team, with the games played at Saginaw’s Hoyt Park. Along the way, he has experienced league championships with Gaudeau the Florist in Knothole Baseball, and The Sports Page Bar and Heck’s Bar in Modified Softball. With the exception working out-of-state in 1992, Fred has played summer ball in the State of Michigan for the last 45 years. From 1986 to 2006 Fred represented Saginaw in the Can-Amera Games on the over 18 baseball team in which Saginaw, MI. and Cambridge, Ont. Each took turns hosting this goodwill sporting competition in a variety of sports. The highlights from high school include catching a No-hitter for Brain Robinson and being the first player to hit a home run in game play at the All-Saints field in Bay City, MI. Fred thinks as himself as a reminder that you don’t have to be a hall of famer to be part of the Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame.
The purpose of the corporation is to foster amateur sports competition by recognizing the present and former area athletes, coaches, and others who have distinguished themselves in the field of athletics, either individually or by their performance on or in connection with athletic teams representing their high school, community college, four-year college, university or professional team or sport: or by worthy effort on behalf of athletics. The corporation will annually nominate, elect, honor, and award truly outstanding Saginaw County male and female athletes
- Don Bethune
- Ed Kocks
- Louie Schultz
- Thomas McDonald Sr.
- Dr. Edgar Balcueva
- Harold Campau
- Richard Curry
- Pat Brady
- Jim Petteys
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