Farmington High hires new football coach

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published March 9, 2021




FARMINGTON — The Farmington High School football program recently announced Jason Albrecht as its new head coach.

Albrecht played for the Falcons before continuing his playing career at Albion College. After his playing days were over, he took up coaching and found his way back to Farmington, where he coached for six years before leaving for Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes.

He spent seven years at Our Lady of the Lakes as an assistant, with the team making an appearance in the state title game in 2015. Albrecht returned to Farmington this past season under former coach Kory Cioroch.

Cioroch departed for the head coaching job at Walled Lake Western, and Albrecht was a homegrown choice to take over. He is currently a physical education teacher in Farmington Public Schools.

“Right from the get-go, you could just see that coach Albrecht was the right fit for our school and culture for our building,” Farmington Athletic Director Tim Micklash said. “We were all very confident that he would build a quality program, not only short term, but looking long term as well.”

Albrecht is stepping into a position that will have some expectations. Despite a 0-7 mark in a COVID-19-shortened 2020 season, Cioroch guided the Falcons to 16 combined wins in 2018 and 2019. The Falcons also made a Division 3 regional final appearance in 2018.

As a Farmington grad and former player, Albrecht is aware of the culture and understands the expectations the program has. He’s hoping to pick up those winning ways and build the program into a consistent winner.

There’s a certain identity he hopes to bring to Farmington. He wants to have players who are completely bought into what he’s trying to do. Albrecht likes players who have a strong work ethic and is aiming to build a group of strong and smart football players.

As a coach, he hopes to make connections with players throughout the system. Whether it be varsity or freshman, he wants to understand and build relationships with the student-athletes in his program.

Albrecht didn’t put a number on wins and losses, but that doesn’t mean he won’t try and win each game the Falcons play. Being able to make his alma mater into a consistent winner would be a great achievement for him.

“We’re going to be tough; we’re going to be physical; we’re going to be smart football players,” Albrecht said. “Just working our way to giving everything we’ve got for the program and for our teammates.”

Albrecht is still working to put together the rest of his coaching staff and has a good idea of what his team will look like next season. Coming in during the offseason, he plans on getting an offseason program going soon.

“It’s really cool to be able to make a difference in the program that built who I was as a player and was the reason I went on to play at Albion,” Albrecht said. “I learned a lot about myself there, and to see what I can do to make a difference in these kids’ lives now is something that I’ll never forget.”