Sterling Heights High football coach Dave Cutlip looks on from the sideline during a preseason scrimmage. Cutlip, a graduate of Sterling Heights High, has returned to lead the Stallions after previously coaching the team from 1998 to 2008.

Sterling Heights High football coach Dave Cutlip looks on from the sideline during a preseason scrimmage. Cutlip, a graduate of Sterling Heights High, has returned to lead the Stallions after previously coaching the team from 1998 to 2008.

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Cutlip returns to Sterling Heights High football sideline

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 13, 2019

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STERLING HEIGHTS — Dave Cutlip has returned to Sterling Heights High to add another chapter to his story with the school.

In July, Cutlip took over as the Stallions’ head football coach for the departed Brent Widdows, who left the program after 10 seasons to take an administrative position at Warren De La Salle. Cutlip, a graduate of Sterling Heights High who also teaches at the school, previously coached the Stallions for 11 seasons — from 1998 to 2008.

“I got asked to come back, and I love coaching, so it was hard to say no,” said Cutlip, who prior to taking over for Widdows served as a coordinator at Sterling Heights Stevenson. “I want to see this program do well. I want to help bring it back to where I think it should be.”

Cutlip already has the program showing promise. At press time, the Stallions were 1-1 overall. The team finished 1-8 last season and didn’t win a game until Week 8.

“I think we can win some games,” Cutlip said prior to the start of the season. “We’ve got to give a strong effort every week and we’ll give ourselves a chance.”

Cutlip’s name is well-known in the halls of the 15 Mile Road school.

In his first stint as Stallions coach, the team won three division titles and made four playoff appearances. Cutlip guided Sterling Heights to a Division 2 district championship in 2003. Over those 11 years, Cutlip compiled a 57-50 record.

From the start of the 2009 season through last year, the Stallions went 22-70. That included one playoff appearance in 2015. The team went winless in 2010 and 2017.

Cutlip is hopeful that he can build a program that sustains success.

“We’re definitely a work in progress, but we’ve got some players who work hard who like to study and learn the game, and that can make a big difference,” Cutlip said. “We’ll do what we can to put the guys in the best position to succeed.”

Sterling Heights’ next game is against Warren Fitzgerald at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 on the road.

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