6 SPORTS: Okemos head football coach steps down

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OKEMOS, Mich. (WLNS) – After three seasons, Mike Krumm is stepping down as the head football coach at Okemos High School.

Okemos has not named Krumm’s replacement but stick with 6 Sports to find out who will become the newest coach at Okemos.

Krumm works for the Michigan State Police, and recently took a new position as the Deputy Director, a job that is time-consuming and will affect his ability to coach at a high level, he told 6 Sports Director Audrey Dahlgren. The job opened up on June 30, 2021, and once Krumm found out he got the job, he knew the decision he had to make.

“It’s a great position because it involves training and developing our personnel, and to me, that’s a lot like coaching. So it’s kind of a dream position for me and one of those opportunities that you cannot let go,” Krumm said. “You get into coaching because you want to impact kids, and you love it, and you want to do it at the highest level. You want to give it your full attention and then, sometimes, I didn’t think I could do that. In fact, I knew I couldn’t do that,”

A graduate of Okemos in 1987, Krumm went on to play football at Albion College, and then later walked on at Michigan State.

After serving as an assistant coach for seven years at Okemos, Krumm was handed the keys to the football program in February of 2018, replacing Jack Wallace. In his first season as head coach, Krumm led Okemos to a 7-4 record and its first playoff win since 2011, 31-22 over undefeated Jackson in the first round.

“Without a doubt that group was special, Krumm said. “I coached most of those kids since fifth grade. I was able to watch five of them go on to play college football after that. When you have that type of impact and see what they can achieve, and you had a part in helping them reach their goals, it was absolutely the best by far.”

Krumm informed the players on Tuesday of his decision and left them with this message, for them to remember for a lifetime.

“I said football is all about life and every day, in my current job, I use some of the same things I learned back on the high school field in Okemos that I took from my original coach Keith Froelich.”

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