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My kind of coach

March 18, 2011 - Burt Angeli
Just might have got along with the late Marty Crowe, a highly successful high school coach. Crowe's unique perspective on life and sports would have filled my notebook.  When taking over the Eau Claire (Wis.) St. Patrick football program, Crowe told the team: "I understand I've got the entire team back. I checked your record. I'm not sure I want you back." Prior to a state championship basketball season, Crowe observed, "Contrary to considerable speculation, our prospects this year are mediocre at best." There's plenty of great stories in Adrian Martin's book, "Marty: The Man Who Refused To Punt." Crowe, best known around here for coaching Marinette Catholic Central to a state basketball title, also had his moments in football. He infuriated some with his reluctance to punt and puzzled his players by not working on defense. "Offense is all finesse and timing, and defense is all emotion," Crowe said. Crowe, who appeared in Norway and Niagara for speaking engagements in the 1960-70s, noted "any coach worthy of his position is called upon to try to guide his boys toward manhood." Marty's son, Mickey, also made a name for himself with a prolific high school basketball career that later fizzled because of mental illness. In the book, author Martin notes that Marty wanted Mickey to play at Northern Michigan University for Coach Glenn Brown. Mickey nixed that plan ...

 
 

 

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