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Warren De La Salle names new football coach

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published March 2, 2020

 Dan Rohn, pictured with a state title trophy after winning a championship with Grand Rapids West Catholic, has been named head football coach at Warren De La Salle.

Dan Rohn, pictured with a state title trophy after winning a championship with Grand Rapids West Catholic, has been named head football coach at Warren De La Salle.

Photo provided by Warren De La Salle

Dan Rohn has been named the new head football coach at Warren De La Salle, according to a release distributed by the school March 2.

Rohn, a Muskegon native, comes to the Pilots' program with a wealth of experience. Most recently, Rohn had a four-year run as associate head coach at Ferris State University. In his time with the Bulldogs, he saw the team advance as far as the Division II national semifinals.

Prior to coaching at the collegiate level, Rohn led the Grand Rapids West Catholic High program for nine seasons. Rohn won four state titles with West Catholic and compiled a 99-19 record, including a 32-5 mark in the playoffs.

Ninety candidates from 18 states and three countries applied for the post, according to the release. The job came open after former coach Mike Giannone was released in December 2019. 

De La Salle president John M. Knight in the statement said he's excited to have Rohn on board. 

"Throughout his career, (Rohn) has been student centered and committed to the holistic development of the athletes and of the programs he has led," Knight said in the release. "His focus has been to seek excellence and develop cultures where his students thrive on the field and in the classroom.

"Rohn emerged from the interview process as the best fit to lead our program into the future. We feel very blessed to have a coach of his caliber who comes highly recommended and shares our Lasallian mission and values. The football program – like all of our extracurricular clubs and activities – must be viewed as an extension of our classrooms. Rohn’s proven interpersonal and communication skills, and his ability to lead change and build synergetic relationships is what the committee deemed necessary in a compassionate leader."

Rohn in the release, available on the De La Salle website, said he wanted to coach at the college level after having great success in high school. Rohn, who played at Grand Valley State University, admits the NCAA level wasn't the right fit for him.

“I took almost three years to find the right place that I thought would be the right fit for me. The minute I walked into De La Salle I got a feeling that I’m used to and comfortable with," said Rohn, who has 17 years of prep coaching experience.

“Being back at a Catholic school is important to me. I just love the sense of commitment that the kids and the parents and everybody feels and shares. I’m not saying you don’t get it at a public school in some communities, but it’s just a different feel, a different investment, a different environment in the Catholic and private school settings.”