Longtime Jackson Lumen Christi football coach Herb Brogan has been named this year’s Duffy Daugherty Memorial Award winner for the high school level.
Brogan is 268-62 since taking over the Titans program in 1980. He has led Lumen Christi to six state titles — including this fall’s in Division 5 — two runner-up finishes and was part of two more state titles as an assistant for nine seasons under the late Jim Crowley. Brogan is tied for the 12th-most wins in state history.
He’ll be recognized during an April 29 ceremony at Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath. Ohio State’s Jim Tressel will receive the college award that night.
“You’re always driving for state titles. When you win one obviously there’s a lot of satisfaction to that. (But) we’ve had teams that didn’t get to that point and played as well as they can play, so seeing kids reaching their potential,” said Brogan of what he’s most proud of from his tenure. “Every year’s a challenge. It’s rarely easy and that’s one of the things we like to tell the kids.”
Brogan played at Jackson St. Mary High, graduating in 1967, before it became part of Lumen Christi. He also attended and played at Kalamazoo College and has taught and coached at Lumen Christi since 1971.
Multiple assistant coaches who have played for him and served on staff for more than two decades have helped Brogan keep continuity in the program despite changes in the game. But the Titans have certainly been strongest over the last half of his tenure, winning all of their state titles under him since 1996.
The Duffy Daugherty Award has been given to a college coach since 1992 and high school coaches since 2004. Among honorees was East Lansing’s Jeff Smith in 2006. Last year’s was Detroit Catholic Central’s Tom Mach.
The award honors Daugherty, who coached at Michigan State from 1947-72, the last 19 years as head coach.
“Jim Crowley knew him well. He had a pretty good relationship with him,” Brogan said. “ Growing up in Jackson, certainly I knew of him.”
Tickets for the event are $50 apiece and $400 for a table of eight. They can be purchased by calling 333-0189, or by sending a check to the Law Offices of Pat Boog, 321 W. Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing, Mich., 48823.