Gladiators busy filling coaching openings

Fowlerville coach Bret Shrader keeps a close eye on a lineman drill during practice last season. He recently resigned as Fowlerville coach after six seasons.(Photo by Tim Robinson)
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Fowlerville athletic director Brian Osborn, while wrapping up the current school year and preparing for the new one, also is looking to fill three high-profile varsity coaching positions.

That includes football, where Bret Shrader recently resigned after seven seasons, including a playoff appearance last year.

“It was a family thing,” Osborn said Monday. “He’s got three boys and they’re getting to that age where they’re very active. He doesn’t want to miss those things. There are some things he put on himself, too. That’s the nature of the best with football. If you’re not doing something every day, you’re not keeping up with the Joneses.”

Earlier, Fred Hackett resigned as boys basketball coach after 15 seasons, and girls basketball coach Nick Douglass did the same after two seasons.

“All three of them graduated from Fowlerville at about the same time,” Osborn said. “All have kids who are very active in sports and involved, and it’s difficult.”

The job searches have been staggered by their timing. Hackett resigned soon after the season ended, and Osborn said he is down to two finalists for the boys job. The posting for girls basketball and football ended on Friday.

“We’re starting the (hiring) process on both of those,” he said. “My goal is to have something wrapped up by June and have everything in place for summer camps and (summer) workouts.”