The longtime Trojans' varsity football coach, who shaped lives on and off the field for 23 years, will be honored during a special ceremony about 15 minutes prior to Fruitport's season-opening contest against rival Reeths-Puffer at 7 p.m.
Wilson stepped down from the position in early November. He compiled a stellar 148-79 record during his time at Fruitport, including leading the Trojans to a runner-up finish in the Division 3 state finals in 2001. During the off-season, he often relied on the help of current or former players to construct handicap-accessible ramps or other projects throughout the community.
The man who replaced him on the sidelines, Greg Vargas, said he's been planning the special event for months, which he called a “legacy tribute,” and has been backed with the help of local businesses, sponsors and other supporters.
“We've put a lot of time into it,” Vargas said. “We've invited several of his past players through Facebook and word-of-mouth. You know, Fruitport people are pretty thick and word spreads pretty quickly. I've managed to get in touch with some of the kids I've graduated with who are still around the area. There's several who wanted to show their appreciation to him.”
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