Millington assistant football coach Jeff Rivard was recently chosen as an “Assistant Coach of the Year” by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA). He will be honored by current Millington head coach Lenny Dantinne, who is also the Region 11 Director of the MHSFCA, at halftime of the February 23 boys’ basketball game versus Birch Run.
“Coach Rivard not only helps coach junior varsity football at Millington but also plays a pivotal role getting the behind the scenes work done on Friday nights,” Dantinne told Millington Athletics. “He is an integral part of Friday nights, taking care of the needs of the team without being asked. Having someone like Coach Rivard on the sidelines takes a tremendous amount of stress out of coaching on Fridays. He anticipates needs before they happen. I can’t think of a more deserving person in Michigan high school football for this award. Our players love Coach Rivard because he has a passion for football and for teaching kids.”
“I have known Jeff since high school and played football with Jeff,” said Millington girls’ basketball coach Christian Selich. “He is a top-notch individual. Both of my boys’ loved having him around during their football careers here in Millington. He is a great asset to the football program.”
In Rivard’s 17 years involved as a coach in the Millington program, he has seen Millington make the playoffs in 16 of those years. The Cardinals have also captured five conference titles, six district titles, and three regional championships during Rivard’s tenure.
“Thank you,” Rivard told Millington Athletics after being congratulated. “This is a Millington Cardinal award. It is a testament to the program that Coaches (Roger) Bearss, (Jason) Germain, and (Lenny) Dantinne along with Coaches (Tim) Furno and (Steve) Barbeau have built over the last 30 years. I’m honored to be a part of this program.”
Rivard, a 1987 Millington graduate and MHS football alumni, resides in Millington with his wife Darlene. They have three children, Dakota (an MHS Football Alumni), Ashlie, and Hunter, who will be a senior on the MHS football team next year.