Petoskey News-Review – Ex-Petoskey coach Dickmann to receive prestigious Kermit Ambrose Award
Ex-Petoskey coach Dickmann to receive prestigious Kermit Ambrose Award

Posted: Friday, November 6, 2009

BIG RAPIDS – One good thing can often lead to another.

Such will be the case for recently retired Petoskey cross country coach Don Dickmann.

Dickmann, who retired after 31 years of coaching both the Petoskey boys’ and girls’ cross country teams two years ago, will be recognized by the Michigan Interscholastic Coaches Association as the recipient of the annual Kermit Ambrose Award.

The Ambrose Award is named in honor of the 98-year-old Kermit Ambrose, a highly respected track and field and cross country official in Michigan for more than 30 years following a noteworthy coaching tenure at Birmingham Seaholm High School.

The award is in recognition of the recipient’s outstanding service to the sport of cross country, their school, the association and the recipient’s community. It’s also given to someone who epitomizes the definition of “Coach.”

“It’s the highest award you can get in the state as far as cross country,” Dickmann said. “It came as a total surprise. I was shocked and very happy.”

Also, in conjunction with the Ambrose Award, Dickmann will be automatically inducted into the MITCA Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will be Friday, Nov. 13, at the Holiday Inn in Big Rapids. Dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m., with the ceremonies to follow.

“Traditionally, the people that got the Ambrose were the same people that made it to the Hall of Fame,” Dickmann said. “Just recently the MHSAA and MITCA got together and decided getting the (Ambrose) award automatically gets you in the Hall of Fame.”
Dickmann joins the likes of Pete Spieles of Charlevoix, Pete Moss of Benzie Central and first-time award winner Tom Gauerke of Grosse Pointe North to receive the Ambrose Award.

Categories: Track and Cross News

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