Jason Russell,
​Nouvel Catholic Central




 Tom Slade was raised on Carter Street, exactly 200 yards from the doors to Saginaw High School where he excelled in  football, basketball and tennis. He earned All-State honors in football as a strong-armed quarterback and an accurate  kicker for the Trojans. After graduating in 1970, Slade fulfilled his childhood dream when the University of Michigan awarded him a scholarship to play football under legendary coach Bo Schembechler.   As a sophomore in 1971, Slade helped lead the team to an undefeated 11-0 regular season. The Wolverines narrowly  missed a National Championship that year, losing the ’73 Rose Bowl game 13-12 on a late field goal by Stanford. Slade was known for being a tough run-blocker who cleared the way for Billy Taylor and other Wolverine running backs after he handed the ball off.  After graduating from U-M, Slade returned to attend the U-M School of Dentistry and received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1978. He taught at the U-M School of Dentistry for three years before starting his own practice in 1981 in nearby Ypsilanti Township. Schembechler was one of his dental clients. He would later become the dentist for the Eastern Michigan University athletic teams. Slade also worked as a color analyst for Michigan football broadcasts on radio station WUOM-FM. In his spare time he was a Michigan High School Athletic Association basketball official and officiated numerous state finals. He also served as a Big Ten and Mid-American Conference women’s basketball official. He was active in the Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce and served a three-year term as the president of the EMU Baseball “Dugout Club.”  In 2004, he was inducted into the Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame. The previous year he served as keynote speaker at the hall of fame’s annual induction banquet.  In 2005 Slade was diagnosed with leukemia. In June of 2006 friends and former U-M teammates, including fellow Saginaw High and Michigan alum Calvin O’Neal, helped organize the Tom Slade Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive to help find marrow donors for Slade and others with leukemia. Slade remained extremely close to Schembechler. The coach sent weekly notes and frequently called and visited after Slade was diagnosed with leukemia. During a particularly difficult day in the hospital Slade woke up to see his former coach sitting in a chair against the wall. They looked at each other but said nothing and Slade fell back to sleep. When he awoke again five hours later, Bo was sitting in the same chair, looking right at him. Slade died on November 12, 2006 in Ann Arbor at age 54.  Though Schembechler was ailing himself, he attended Slade’s funeral. That night, Bo delivered his traditional Thursday night pep talk before the Ohio State game. According to the Detroit News: “Bo’s speech was not about Ohio State, the Big Ten title or a national championship. The whole speech was about Tom Slade and how, if the players worked hard, listened to their coaches and stuck together as teammates, one day they might be as good a Michigan man as Slade. That was the goal at Michigan, not national championships.” The next morning, Schembechler collapsed and died of heart failure before taping his weekly television show.



Alex Grace, Swan Valley High School Football  

Brad Redford, Frankenmuth HS Basketball and

Draymond Green, Saginaw High School Basketball

Maurice Jones, Arthur Hill High School Basketball 

Brady Rappuhn
​of Heritage

High School

Moria Joiner
​of Heritage

High School


Ryan Brenner
​of Frankenmuth High School



Sarah Appold, Valley Lutheran High School Softball, Volleyball  

Lacy Tolfree, Heritage High School Saginaw Softball  


Tim Ryan played Baseball, Football and Basketball for Nouvel Catholic HS 

Kayla Engelhard, Valley Lutheran High School Basketball, Volleyball and Softball 

Lindsey Mertz,
​Frankenmuth High School

Kelsey Ritter, Frankenmuth High School Volleyball, Basketball and Track and Field



Stacy Delaney, Freeland High School Softball

Bennett Lewis, Nouvel Catholic Central HS Football and Track and Field 


Tori Jankoska, Freeland High School Volleyball Basketball and Soccer


Peyton Apsey, Hemlock High School Basketball, Volleyball and Softball 

Lily Beyer
of Freeland
​ High School

Derrick Nash, Carrollton High School Football

Logan Heath
of Freeland
​ High School

Lauren Huebner, Swan Valley

Angie Ritter, Frankenmuth High School Track Volleyball 



Jenny Ryan, Nouvel Catholic Central HS Basketball 

Jason Pratt played Football, Basketball and Baseball Merrill HS

Darquavis Tucker, Arthur Hill High School Basketball 

Andrew Dodson’s,Frankenmuth High School Track and Field

Sarah Miller
of Birch Run
​ High School


Greg Bartlett played Football, Basketball and Baseball for Hemlock and 
​Ashley Nieman, Freeland High School played Softball and Volleyball. 

Eric Davis, Arthur Hill High School Basketball