Kraatz hired as new SSC varsity football coach

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Kent Kraatz has been hired to lead the Panthers varsity football team next season.

STANDISH — The Standish-Sterling school board approved a motion to hire Kent Kraatz as varsity football coach during its Jan. 13 meeting.

The motion to hire Kraatz passed unanimously.

Board member Dennis Kolevar said Kraatz was one of two people interviewed by a hiring committee for the head coach position.

“I was one of the members that sat on the committee that did the interviews,” he said. “There was a gentleman from Marion, Mich., a small class D school, that also interviewed. Both gentlemen interviewed very, very well.”

In the end, the committee recommended that the board select Kraatz, who has coached football at several levels for Standish-Sterling. Last year, Kraatz was the coach of the junior varsity team, which finished the season undefeated.

Board member Patricia Kipfmiller asked about the contract situation pertaining to Kraatz. Superintendent Darren Kroczaleski said a contract will be negotiated year-to-year.

Kraatz will replace Paul Walderzak, who coached the Panthers’ varsity team for more than 30 years.

In other board of education news, the board approved appointing Scott Adams, of Sterling to a vacant seat on the board. The seat was vacated after the board’s December meeting when former member Ron Bartlett resigned from the school board.

The board also appointed officers for the current term during its Jan. 13 meeting. Annette Ratajczak was nominated and approved to continue serving as board president. Kolevar was elected to serve as vice president and Kipfmiller was elected to serve as secretary.


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