Former Reed City All-Stater coaches team during holiday event

Brian Michell head wrestling coach at Port Huron Northern

Brian Michell



Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – Brian Michell fell right at home last Thursday when he brought his Port Huron Northern team to Reed City for the Reed City Holiday Rumble wrestling tournament.

Afterall, it’s where Michell wrestled during his high school days as a Coyote All-Stater.

He also was the school record holder in the pole vault during his track and field career

It’s his third year of coaching Northern’s wrestling team and second season as the head skipper.

“We were team district champs last year, won our league and sent a couple of kids to regionals,” Michell recalled. His team was fourth in the Reed City tournament.

He’s also a science teacher at Northern and also coaches football and track as an assistant.

“I love coaching wrestling,” he said.

Michelle graduated in 2011 at RCHS. He took fourth place in wrestling at the state finals that season.

“I coached track a year before I moved out  (to Port Huron),” he said.

It’s the first team he brought  a team back to his alma mater to coach.

“It was fun,” he said. “But it was business as usual.”

Michell comes from a family rich in sports. His parents, Brent and Vikki, were his track coaches. Brent also coached in other Reed City sports including volleyball.

Brian’s young sister, Sami Michell, was a two-time four event winner at the state meet as a junior and senior in the 100 and 300 hurdles, 200 dash and long jump. She won three state events as a sophomore and one as a freshman. She ran track collegiately including at the University of Michigan.