Carl Charon Unplugged
When thinking of the start of Gladwin’s football playoff run that began in 1998 and didn’t end until Gladwin’s 2004 season, one can’t help but bring to mind the coach who brought them there the first year, (Carl Charon).
Coach Charon was a physical education teacher at Gladwin for 33 years and spent 27 of those years as the head football coach. He was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Association Coach’s Hall of Fame in 1994. He was inducted into the Gladwin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. He was voted MHSFCA Regional Coach of the Year in: 1979, 1983 and 1985. In the years he coached he had a 65 percent win-loss ratio and a record of 155 wins and 100 losses. He also led the 1979 team to an undefeated season and a #9 in the state ranking. I recently had a chance to interview Coach Charon regarding his coaching and playing (high school, college and pro) experience.