Compared to regional football teams winning championships in 2004, a 4-6 win-loss ratio doesn't sound great. But for the Berrien High Rebels, a 4-6 record was a winning season compared to recent years past.
Given this turn-around came during Berrien Coach Mike Hill's first season, many assumed he'd have a second year to try for more wins. More victories may come but not under the coaching influence of Mike Hill. Earlier this week, Hill was dismissed from his football duties. Hill said the reason given him was that he didn't have the name or reputation to build a winning team.
Hill's replacement, Ross New, the fourth Berrien football coach in as many years, sounds like an able coach, but considering he once worked closely with Berrien County School Superintendent Bobby Griffin, the man who recommended Hill's dismissal, it makes Hill's removal seem all the more unfair. Adding insult to injury, Hill was immediately transferred from his high school teaching job and placed in one of the county's elementary schools.
Judging from what is known of this series of events, it apparently doesn't pay to win or lose Berrien County football.
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