Former Eastpointe High football coach Roland Bell, right, stands on the sidelines in a game during the 2017 season. Bell won four games in each of his last two years with the Shamrocks.

Former Eastpointe High football coach Roland Bell, right, stands on the sidelines in a game during the 2017 season. Bell won four games in each of his last two years with the Shamrocks.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Eastpointe High football being led by new coach

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 26, 2019

 New Eastpointe High football coach Al Demps poses for a photo after a game with Dearborn Heights Robichaud. Demps has high hopes for the Shamrocks in year one.

New Eastpointe High football coach Al Demps poses for a photo after a game with Dearborn Heights Robichaud. Demps has high hopes for the Shamrocks in year one.

Photo provided by Al Demps

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EASTPOINTE –– Three years after taking over the Eastpointe High football team, Roland Bell has stepped down from his position. 

Shamrocks Athletic Director Teresa Stuck said Bell played a huge role in the development of the program over the last few seasons. 

Bell took over the program in 2016, when he was given the challenge of leading a team coming off of a winless season. In his first year, the Shamrocks took their bumps, collecting a 1-8 overall record. 

However, over the next two seasons, the program would take steps in the right direction. Eastpointe won four games in each of the next two seasons, while finishing third in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division in 2017 and third in the MAC Gold in 2018. 

“He took us from the bottom of the barrel to middle of the pack,” Stuck said. “That’s not an easy job to do, and I’m really thankful that he did that. He put a lot of time in and a lot of effort in. It was a big-time commitment for him to do what he did.”

Stuck said more than 10 candidates were interviewed for the open position. They went through three rounds of interviews and eventually selected Al Demps for the job.

Stuck is hopeful that Demps can build off the progress the program has made over the last few years. 

“We feel that he will, and he’s already shown that he really cares about our kids,” Stuck said. “He’s got successful head coaching experience, and he’s from the area, which is another big thing for us, and he’s a team player. The combination of those things really make me believe that he’s going to take our program to the next level.”

Demps comes to Eastpointe with a wealth of experience, including prior stops at Detroit Douglass, Dearborn Heights Robichaud, Romulus Summit Academy North and, most recently, Wayne Memorial last season. 

For him, Eastpointe offered a double package. He was able to come to the school as a football coach and a teacher. The proximity to his Warren home was also a factor. 

“The main thing is that I have the support of the administration That’s always a plus, and that’s the only way I think you can be successful,” Demps said.

Since taking over on April 8, Demps has hit the ground running. The team has begun workouts and is starting to prepare for the upcoming season. 

In his first season, Demps has set the expectations pretty high. With a senior-laden team, he believes the Shamrocks can get to a level they haven’t seen in some time. 

Eastpointe hasn’t made the state playoffs since 2010 and hasn’t won a league title since 1999.

“I think it’s realistic that if they put in the work and they buy in, that we can definitely be in contention for winning the conference year one,” Demps said. “That’s the No. 1 goal. Win the conference, and then get into the state playoffs.”

Call Sports Writer Zachary Manning at (586) 279-1107. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports.

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