Midland Amateur Sports Capital Committee

Bob Cole

Bob Cole’s coaching career spanned over four decades at Meridian High School. Beginning in 1971, Cole first served as the school’s assistant track and field coach. Then in 1984, he was named the girls’ track and field head coach. When the men’s team was added to the program, Cole [...]

Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy attended Midland High School and earned six Varsity Letters plus Most Valuable Player honors in cross-country and track from 1967 thru graduation in 1969. He also earned the 1969 Gilbert A. Currie Award for Outstanding Contributions to MHS athletics. As a MHS senior, [...]

Sarah ‘Sargent’ Plaxton

Sarah (Sargent) Plaxton attended Bullock Creek High School where she participated in cross country and track. She set school records in the 1-mile run and 2-mile run in track and the 5k in cross country. She qualified for the MHSAA State Meet in both cross country and track each [...]

Ernest ‘Ernie’ Malzahn

Ernie Malzahn attended Utica High School where in 1954-55 he was an All-Conference back in football on both offense and defense. He was a state champion high hurdler in track in 1955 and 1956 and also played guard on the basketball team. While at Bowling Green State University, [...]

Ernest Carter

Ernest Carter is from the small town of Bentonia, Mississippi, where he played basketball, football and ran track then continued to compete at Alcorn State University. He received his Master’s Degree from Miami of Ohio and served as a graduate assistant with the track program. [...]

Bill Grebe

Bill Grebe is a Midland native and a 1959 graduate of Midland High School. He was a member of the Chemic Cross Country Team that placed ninth in the 1958 state finals. Grebe attended Central Michigan University where he was the Chippewa’s top long distance runner for three years. [...]

Ann Swayze

Ann Swayze was a pioneer of girls track at Midland High School. She was the school’s first girl’s track coach, serving from 1975 to 1991 and developing an outstanding program. Midland High School girls qualified for the State Meet in every year of Swayze’s tenure, with three [...]

Gary Jozwiak

Gary Jozwiak earned six letters at Midland High School, three each in football and track, the two sports he would later coach with great success at MHS. Jozwiak went on to play four years of football at the University of Wyoming. Jozwiak coached for three years in Wyoming and [...]

Patrick Weiler

Pat Weiler was an athlete at Meridian High school who further distinguished himself as a runner at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. At Aquinas, Weiler was a cross-country All-American and was a five –time All-American in the steeplechase including one year as national champion in [...]

Kayla Skelly

Kayla Skelly excelled as a distance runner with the Midland Fleet Feet program, at Midland High and later at Western Michigan University. As a member of the Fleet Feet track club, Skelly won the AAU Jr. National Cross Country Championship and the USTFF 9 & under Cross Country [...]