November 28, 2022

Hall of Fame Coach John Lober

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By Craig Manning | Nov. 19, 2022

News broke this week that John Lober, a coaching legend at Traverse City Central High School, would be inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Hall of Fame. Lober oversaw the boys track and field team at Central for 52 years, from 1977 until his retirement in 2021, also serving as head cross country coach for 27 of those years (1989-2016). In 2015, NHSACA named him National Track Coach of the Year, and he’s long been a member of numerous noted halls of fame, including for the Michigan High School Coaches Association and for Traverse City Central High School. This particular induction puts Lober in even more rarified air, making him just the third Traverse City Central coach to make the NHSACA Hall of Fame. The other two? Trojan football legend Jim Ooley and former Central golf coach Bob Lober, John’s brother. Lober’s induction will take place on July 25, 2023, at the annual NHSACA conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. Way to go, Coach!

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