WB High football coach honored by peers

By: Christian Davis | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published January 15, 2016

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s the second year in a row that West Bloomfield High football coach Ron Bellamy has received the award, and it’s one that he happily shares with the entire program.

Bellamy was named the Region 16 Coach of the Year.

“The coaches on the staff, the players, those guys put in the time,” Bellamy said. “My name is on it, but it represents our entire football program.”

Bellamy was one of 52 coaches across the state to earn the distinction, which was voted on by fellow coaches.

“Whenever your peers vote on an award, that’s special,” he said. “They appreciate what you are doing for the game.”

This past fall, Bellamy guided the Lakers to a 9-1 overall record. West Bloomfield finished the regular season 9-0, which was a first in school history, and with the Oakland Activities Association Red Division championship.

The run came to an end in a Division 1 playoff opener against Novi High.

“It didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but we’ve never been 9-0 in school history. That’s great and quite an accomplishment,” Bellamy said. “We’re just happy, and for us, the standard has been set. Now this is the level we have to get to every year.”

Bellamy said it was the team’s close-knit nature that stood out to him.

“They loved one another and would do whatever they had to do for each other. They were a very spirited group. We had some lively practices, and the younger guys had an opportunity to see that, and hopefully keep it going,” the coach said.

In the last two years, the Lakers have won 18 games, the highest two-year mark in school history. The next closest is 14.

But it wasn’t always this way.

“I was the coach here when we won three games, two games. It wasn’t easy. It took some time, but I’m definitely humbled by it,” Bellamy said. “I don’t take anything for granted, so this is special.”

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