By DOUG DONNELLY
BRITTON – Coaching is nothing new in the Hosman household.
Britton-Deerfield named Marcus Hosman its football coach Friday. He’s been an assistant football coach for nearly 15 years, has coached volleyball and baseball. His wife, Melissa, coaches JV basketball at Milan. Coaching runs in the family.
“I think it is going to work out great,” Hosman said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but we are looking forward to it.”
Hosman, 36, will replace D.J. Lutz, who resigned after the Patriots went 2-7 in 2014.
“They’ve had some good success over the last few years,” Hosman said of BD. “There is a lot of potential there. This job was really appealing to me.”
Hosman, who lives in Milan, played offensive line on the 1995 Detroit Catholic Central team that won a state championship. He then played college football at Carthage College, a Division 3 school in Wisconsin. He moved back to Michigan and was an assistant coach at Chelsea from 2000 to 2005, then at Belleville from 2006 to 2014. He has been a varsity assistant, offensive coordinator and junior varsity head coach during that time. He teaches high school social studies at Belleville.
“One of the things that appealing about BD was the tradition and that it is a small school,” he said. “It is a community that gets behind its football team. I like that small-town feel. I’m excited about it.”
Last year BD struggled with numbers and had trouble fielding a JV team for the full season. Hosman said his first goal is to change that.
“We definitely need to get the JV team going,” he said. “We need to get our overall numbers up. I need to get into the buildings and get more of our young men playing football.”
Off-season weightlifting has already been underway and Hosman figures to get involved with that next week. A meet-the-coach night is planned and he will be meeting with the team soon.
Lutz led Britton-Deerfield to 29 wins and three playoff appearances in six seasons, going 29-31 overall and 16-26 in TCC games.