HOUGHTON, Mi. The Michigan Tech Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the naming of the renovated football facility in honor of the Kearly family prior to the annual Homecoming game against Grand Valley State September 28th. Ted and Tom have been instrumental in the success of the Tech football program for decades.
The Kearlys have helped establish the program with their hard work and leadership, creating a bright future for Tech football. The Kearlys have combined to produce an NCAA Playoff Appearance, three NIC Championships, two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, and 13 NCAA All-American players. In the history of MTU football, there have been fifteen teams that have won seven or more games, nine of which were coached by the Kearlys.
"I take great pride in not having missed a home Tech football game in 51 seasons," Ted Kearly said. "To have been a part of the program-as an assistant coach, head coach, athletic director, father, or fan-has been a great joy in my life. To be honored alongside my son with the naming of the stadium is another blessing in a very blessed life."
Ted Kearly led the Huskies as the head coach from 1969 through 1972. Kearly compiled an overall record of 29-7, including three consecutive 8-1 seasons and three NIC Championships in four seasons. One of those titles was secured by the 1969 team, which will be celebrating their 50th reunion the weekend of the dedication.
Tom Kearly was Tech's head coach for 11 seasons, spanning the 2006 through 2016 campaigns. Kearly's career record stands at 70-44 and his winning percentage of .614 is the second highest in program history. Kearly guided the Huskies to a 9-2 overall record and the NCAA Playoffs in 2014. In 2012, Kearly led Tech to a 7-3 record and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division title.
"It is a privilege to name our football facility in honor of the Kearly family," said Suzanne Sanregret, Michigan Tech's director of athletics. "Ted and Tom are two of the greatest coaches in the history of Tech football and have made a tremendous impact in the lives of our student athletes both on and off the field. We are grateful for their dedication to Michigan Tech and the many contributions they have made to athletics and the university as a whole."
Tech athletics completed phase one of the stadium project in August of 2018, which includes new bleacher seating for 2,100 fans and accessible parking along with concrete for the VIP Pavilion. Michigan Tech is currently in the fundraising phase for phase two that includes an expanded press box, coaching boxes, additional bleachers, restrooms and concessions.
Tech's goal is to continue to enhance the Husky football game-day experience. And continued support is needed to make Sherman Field at Kearly Stadium the finest NCAA Division II facility in the nation. The University and the Athletics Department are deeply committed to completing these comprehensive improvements to this historic facility. The hope is that the hundreds of Tech alumni who had memorable experiences playing football at Tech will share that enthusiasm.