Newberry’s Bryant decides to head down to Cadillac

Indians football, girls basketball coach to become AD downstate

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By ROB ROOS

Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

NEWBERRY — Fred Bryant is heading to Cadillac this upcoming school year.

Bryant has accepted a position as athletic director for Cadillac High School and junior high school. A physical education and health teacher in the Tahqamenon Area (Newberry) school district for the past 13 years, Bryant was the Indians’ football coach and girls basketball coach. 

“The timing was right to make this move,” Bryant said. “It was a very difficult decision, but one that I felt was best for me and my family.” 

Bryant is a 1991 graduate of Engadine High School. He returned to teach and coach at his alma mater after attending Northern Michigan University.

In 2004, Bryant started teaching in Newberry and took on a number of different coaching positions over the years. 

He was head coach of the Newberry football team for the past seven years, directed the girls varsity basketball team for three years, and also previously served a stint as the school’s athletic director.

In football, the Indians made the playoffs the last three seasons. This past year, Newberry finished 8-3 overall and won its first playoff game since 2004. 

“It’s been a really enjoyable experience,” Bryant said. “I put everything I had into the community, and was really fortunate to coach so many great kids. I know I’ll miss them.” 

The Indians won a school record 23-2 and reached the Class D quarterfinals in girls basketball in 2015. Bryant’s daughter Taylor was an all-state guard for the Indians and finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer. She has signed with Lake Superior State and playing basketball for the Lakers this fall. 

Fred and his wife Heather have three daughters – Taylor, Makenna and Arianna.

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