ALPENA, Mich. — The Alpena Wildcats will be on the hunt for a new head football coach after Aaron Sims stepped down. He will take over as the assistant coach at Belding High School where he will also teach social studies. During his three-year tenure, Sims strengthened the weight room, boosted revenue for the program and ended his career (7-20).
Sims took over at Alpena High School in 2016 coaching a Wing-T scheme that helped running backs Alex Arch (2016) and Logan Guthrie (2018) rush for more than 1,000 yards in one season.
“He reinvigorated the enthusiasm for Alpena football,” said Athletic Director Tim Storch. “His first task was to get kids to be more committed to get in the weight room to get bigger, stronger and faster. They did that.”
Guthrie is now at Division 1 Central Michigan University training to begin the fall season at linebacker. Sims also coach Eli Winter in football who attributes his discus state title to form and hard work in the weight room, that Sims’ fundraising efforts helped build.
“To see the number of kids in that weight room today, when it used to be a ghost town, that’s a direct credit to him,” said Storch.
The athletic director plans to find a new head coach soon so that athletes can stay in shape for summer workouts leading into the fall season.