Suttons Bay football begins new season under Kohler

SUTTONS BAY – The Suttons Bay football program wasted little time adjusting to its new conference a year ago, capturing a Northern Michigan Football League division title in undefeated fashion in the conference’s inaugural season.  

Now, the Norseman are adjusting to a new coach this fall, as 1997 Suttons Bay graduate Alex Kohler takes over for longtime coach Joe Trudeau. Kohler had previously served as the junior varsity defensive coordinator since 2002.

"They are two very different people, but the program itself is remaining very solid and very similar,” said senior center Victor Piglowski, on the coaching transition. “I like both of their coaching styles, and I’m really liking what Kohler is doing this year. The playoffs are the ultimate goal, but we just want to see everybody work as hard as we know they can. If we got 11 guys on the field working as hard as they can, it’s really hard to lose."

Suttons Bay has its sights set on returning to the postseason for a second straight season, after qualifying for the playoffs last fall for the first time since 2010.

The Norsemen open their season at Onekama on Aug. 28, in a clash of future NMFL foes.