Former Lakeview coach elected to Hall of Fame

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 12:19 pm on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

LAKEVIEW — Greg Oshnock spent 22 years coaching football at Lakeview High School.

Oshnock led the Wildcats to four Central State Activities Association titles and seven appearances in the state playoffs in his 22 years.

The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association recognized Oshnock’s work by inducting him into its Hall of Fame last month.

“Unbelievable. I’m in there with the best,” Oshnock said.

Oshnock, who was the Daily News Football Coach of the Year twice, had a career record of 111-103 in his coaching career, which included stops in Williamston and Athens high schools.

Oshnock called it an honor to be a part of the Hall.

“Over the years in my time at Lakeview, I was blessed with a lot of great players, and if you have great players they will win games for you,” he said. “I was blessed with a great community.”

Oshnock gave credit to a number of people who had something to do with the football program at Lakeview in one form or another.

“There was a big-time farmer in Paul Main,” he said. “We needed new practice fields badly and he took care of the fields. To this day he takes care of them.

“I had two great assistant coaches that followed me all my years in Lakeview. One was Bob Ivan and the other was Jim Weber. Each had his strengths. All three of us together, we had success at Lakeview. I give all the credit for those guys helping me all this time.”

Oshnock also noted volunteer coach Mike Harrington.

“He did it for years with us,” Oshnock said. “So I had a lot of help. It’s great to get the award, but it’s all these guys and their effort.

“To even take it a step further, even on a manager level it was unbelievable, starting with my own two boys. They started in second grade. One stands out in Kayla Carr. She took ‘managering’ to the next level. She did a ton of work. She took over my stats. She did it for four years. It was her highlight of her career.”

Oshnock is retired now, but he still knows what is going on in high school football.

“I spend my time reading about high school football, watching high school football, and now I have the time to watch my son coach high school football,” he said.

His son, Ryan, will begin his first season as head coach of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern this fall.

“He’s been all over,” Greg said of Ryan. “One thing he’s always wanted was to coach high school football. I get a chance to watch him coach.”

To qualify for nomination to the Hall, a coach must have coached high school-related football in Michigan for 20 years or have 100 wins as a varsity head coach.

Greg Oshnock file

Years coached: 23

Record: 111 wins, 103 losses

Schools: Williamston, Athens, Lakeview

Notable accomplishments: Central State Activities Association league champions: 1996, 2000, 2003, 2004; Coach of the Year: The Daily News, 2001 and 2006; Seven-time state playoff qualifier.

Current: Retired, 2008.

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