Former South Lake coach returns to lead football team

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published August 29, 2019

 New St. Clair Shores South Lake football coach Steve Senters addresses the crowd July 23 at the Macomb Area Conference Media Day. Senters is back for a third stint with the team.

New St. Clair Shores South Lake football coach Steve Senters addresses the crowd July 23 at the Macomb Area Conference Media Day. Senters is back for a third stint with the team.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — When called upon, Steve Senters always answers.

Senters, a teacher consultant at St. Clair Shores South Lake, has coached the Cavaliers football team on two separate occasions, including leading the team to a 16-4 record in 2010 and 2011. In that stretch, South Lake went 10-0 in Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division play and won two division titles.

Senters coached the team for a short run in 2012, too.

The coach is now back leading the program after former coach Vernard Snowden departed last winter. Snowden now coaches at Roseville High.

“It’s something I love to do,” Senters said. “I like having the opportunity to work with these young men and help mold them.”

The Cavaliers are coming off a 3-6 campaign in 2018. The team has missed the playoffs for two straight seasons. Despite the subpar finish last season, South Lake had a positive point differential and allowed its lowest number of points since 2012. South Lake started strong, going 3-1 out of the gate, but lost its last five games.

Senters, who’s team met Dearborn Heights Robichaud in the season opener Aug. 29, after press time, believes the team can turn things around quickly. Senior wide receiver Bryce Sammons, who also plays defensive back, and senior linebacker Tre’bion Wolf have been tapped to lead the team this season.

“I think we have the pieces to turn the team into a contender over the next couple of years,” Senters said. “Coaching this team and working at this school has been a big part of my life. I want to see good things happen for the kids here.”

South Lake’s next game is against Marine City High at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at home.

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