MUSKEGON, Mich. (WLUC) - Legendary Michigan high school football coach Pete Kutches died Wednesday, May 15, after a recent stroke, according to his family and friends.
The Escanaba native was the first Michigan high school football coach to win state championships at two different schools. Kutches won his first state title in Class "B" at Muskegon Catholic Central in 1980, then again in 1982, and a runner-up finish in '81. Ten years later, he led Reeths-Puffer to its lone Class "A" state championship in 1992. In 15 years as a head football coach, Kutches posted a 126-25 record.
As a student athlete, Kutches graduated from Escanaba St. Joseph Catholic School, playing three sports. He was later inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.
Pete Kutches was 85 years old.