Mike DeBord

Class of 1974
Induction Year: 2022
Competed In: Football, Basketball

Graduation Class from Wes-Del (for Athletes): 1974

Sport(s) Participated In both during and after high school: Football and Basketball

Contributions to the field of athletics (for Coaches and Contributors):

  • Mentored thousands of athletes as a football coach and athletics administrator
  • Coached at the high school, college, and professional level in various roles (offensive line, tight ends, quarterbacks, offensive coordinator, and head coach)
    • South Decatur High School (IN)
    • Franklin College (IN)
    • Fort Hays State University (KS)
    • Eastern Illinois University
    • Ball State University
    • Colorado State University
    • Northwestern University
    • University of Michigan
    • Central Michigan University
    • University of Tennessee
    • Indiana University
    • Kansas University
    • Chicago Bears
    • Seattle Seahawks

List of Accomplishments, Awards and Recognitions both during and after high school:

  • Started as an offensive lineman at Wes-Del High School for Coach Dave Land
  • Started for four years on the offensive line at Manchester College receiving all-conference, all-district and honorable mention NAIA All-America honors during the 1977 season
  • Captain of the Manchester College football team in 1977
  • Won the 1997 National Championship as the Offensive Coordinator at the University of Michigan
  • Won the Sporting News Assistant Coach of the Year in 1997
  • Manchester Alumni Coach of the Year 1998
  • Inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2005
  • Inducted into the Delaware County Hall of Fame in 1992
  • Coached 5 future NFL quarterbacks – Tom Brady, Brain Griese, Drew Henson, Chad Henne, and Josh Dobbs
  • Coached more than 50 players who went on to play in the NFL
  • University of Tennessee scored 63 touchdowns in 2016 (school record), and 473 points in 2016 under DeBord’s tutelage, 2nd most in school history
  • Had an 80-33 record as Offensive Coordinator (70.7%), including 6-1 in bowl games.