Durand’s newly-hired varsity football coach Jeremy Ferman was introduced to the community at an arranged meet-and-greet Wednesday, Aug. 5 at Durand High School. Pictured here with his wife Angie, son Bryce and daughter Rylie, Coach Ferman brings over 20 years of coaching experience to Durand. He took eight teams to the playoffs during his 11 years as Almont’s head coach, and he intends to build the Durand program by establishing a family atmosphere.

He looks forward to building relationships in his effort to create successful “husbands and fathers” out of his players. Ferman left Almont after the 2014-2015 school year, citing differences between his staff and the administration of the district as the reason for his departure.

Athletic Director Chris Dienes is convinced that the district found a “gem” in Ferman. The Durand football program has experienced a down cycle recently, with the team’s last winning season in 2009. In contrast, 2009 was the last season that Ferman’s Raiders won less than seven games. Ferman respectfully addressed Durand’s football tradition during the event by saying that he “appreciates those who came before him,” before telling the crowd that he wants to “bring the excitement of Friday nights back to Durand.” He would not make any guarantees on this night, but he did promise that “progress will show on the field.”

Ferman was one of five candidates for the position, which became available after Coach Mark Worsham took a teaching job in his home state of Mississippi following the 2014-2015 school year. Ferman made it through two rounds of interviews where he went in front of three separate interview panels, including a five-member player panel.

The team’s practice schedule begins Monday, Aug. 10. The regular season begins at home against Byron Aug. 27. Ferman plans to push his players “physically and mentally” in their preparation for the season, with an emphasis on strength and conditioning. The schedule includes Lake Fenton (Sept. 3), Flint Beecher (Sept. 11), Montrose (Sept. 18), Mt. Morris (Sept. 25), Goodrich (Oct. 2), Corunna (Oct. 9), Stockbridge (Oct. 16) and Laingsburg (Oct. 23).

Ferman will teach physical education and lead the strength and conditioning program, taking over for Brian Carpenter, who left to teach at Owosso where he is currently the head football coach. (Independent Photo/GRAHAM STURGEON)

Durand’s New Football Coach was last modified: August 10th, 2015 by Karen Elford