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2017 Varsity Coaching Staff





Tim Baechler
Varsity Head Coach - 20 years
Coach Baechler has led the varsity team to League Championships in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, and the KLAA Championship in 2008, 2010, 2016, 2017, including District Championships in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.  The Chiefs were Regional Champions in 2005, 2006 and 2015 as well. To date, his varsity team has recorded 17 playoff appearances, capped by the 2005 Division I State Runner-Up. Coach Baechler was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012, and the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2015.  Coach Baechler was selected Head Coach of the Michigan All-Star East team in 2006. His East All-Stars were victorious 22-15.  Coach Baechler earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Adrian College and an MA in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University. He and his wife Julie and their sons, Brocton and Lou, reside in Plymouth.


 



Tony Boucher
Varsity / Running Backs
Began coaching at Canton: 1998
College: Adrian, Linebacker
High School: Canton
Wife: Tracy
Children: Jake and Alyssa are both former Chiefs
Coaching Experience:
Defensive Coordinator - Catholic Central - Freshman team - 2 years



 



Tom Dixon
Varsity / Centers
Began coaching at Canton: 2007
College: University of Michigan; University of Notre Dame Law School
College Accolades: 1983 All American; 1982-3 All Big Ten
Professional Football: Michigan Panthers/USFL
High School: Bishop Dwenger (Fort Wayne, Indiana) -
Football, baseball & wrestling
Wife: Yvette
Children:  Alex and MacKenzier are both former Chiefs.






Tom Garrett
Varsity / Outside Linebackers
Began coaching at Canton: 2007
High Schoo:  Livonia Bentley
College: Bachelor degree Central Michigan University.  MA Eastern Michigan.  
Played as offensive lineman at Central Michigan.
Coaching experience:
2006 - present,  Canton HS
1978 - 2006,  Salem HS
Family:  Daughters Alex and Kyla and son-in-law Marine Raymond Green
MHSAA Assistant Coach of the Year, Michigan HS Football Coaches Assoc. Hall of Fame, East All Stars coach







 
Craig Hnatuk
Varsity / Defensive Line / Special Teams
Began Coaching at Canton: 2010
College: Eastern Michigan University
High School: John Glenn
Coaching Experience: This is Coach Hnatuk’s 28th season of coaching
High School Football, Wayne Memorial HS, Head Coach; John Glenn HS
Wife Lizette

 
 





Andy LaFata
Varsity / Offensive Line
Began coaching at Canton: 2008
College: Eastern Michigan University
High School: Canton - Offensive line 1999-2002
 
 
 
Pat Schneider
Varsity / Defensive Backs
Began coaching at Canton: 2011
High School:
 
 
Ferras Isa
Varsity / Defensive Backs
Began coaching at Canton: 2012
High School: Canton
College: Eastern Michigan University






 
 
Bob Smedley
Varsity / Tight Ends

Began coaching 2002

College: Adrian College, BA   Eastern Michigan University, MPA

College Accolades: 1985 All American, 1985 MIAA Offensive MVP, 1985 All MIAA, four year letterman

High School: Bishop Borgess

Wife: Lucie

Children: Ian, Alexandra, Stephanie, Louis and Van


 
 



Bob Williams
Varsity / Offensive Line
Began coaching at Canton: 1988
College: Eastern Michigan University
High School: Wayne Memorial
Wife: Karol and children, Alex, Ethan and Emily.
Coach Williams is a former science teacher at Canton HS.



 

 

Steve Robb

 





 
Michael Steckel
Varsity / Statistician
Began at Canton: 1995
College: Eastern Michigan University
High School: Bishop Borgess







 
William Steckel
Varsity / Statistician
Began at Canton: 1995
High School: Catholic Central







Ed Krzeminski
Public Address Announcer / All Teams
Began at Canton: 1993
Ed is currently retired but can be found in the Varisty field press box for every Freshman, JV and Varsity game.
 


2017 Freshman Coaches 




 
Richard Mui
Freshmen Head Coach
Began coaching at Canton: 1994
College: University of Michigan
High School: Ferndale
Wife: Wendy
Children: Ethan & Galen (who have never seen any Rocky movies)
Coach Mui is a teacher at Canton High school.
 








 
Tracy Scott
Freshmen / Assistant
Began coaching at Canton: 2006
College: Central Michigan University
High School: Livonia Churchill
Wife: Linda
Children: Justin is a former Canton Chief and Alicia is a Canton Cheerleader


 

Pat Korona
Freshmen / Assistant Coach
High School: Canton High School: 2010
College: University of Michigan/Dearborn



Jeff Sanctorum
Offensive Backs Freshman Coach
High School:  2009 Graduate of Canton High School
Currently working on obtaining his paramedic license
Former 4 year Chief player

 

Brett Phillips
Offensive Backs Freshman Coach
High School:  2009 Graduate of Canton High School
Currently working on his Biology degree from Eastern Michigan University
Former 4 year Chief player






Mark Kersten

Freshman Line Coach