De La Salle Collegiate is pleased to announce that its next head football coach will be Mike Giannone.
DLS President John M. Knight said, “I want to welcome Mike to the De La Salle Collegiate Community. Mike’s success as a football coach speaks for itself. What stands out most importantly to me is that Mike is a person who will have a positive impact on our students.”
The head coach at Dakota High School, Mike has coached in some capacity for 36 years. In addition to football, he has had coaching stints in softball, basketball, track, wrestling, golf, cheerleading, and baseball.
His Dakota teams have twice won the state’s Division 1 football championship (2006 and 2007), and have qualified for the state playoffs every season since 2001. In 2013, he was named Head Coach of the East team for the High School All-Star Game.
DLS Athletic Director Brian Kelly said, “Coach Giannone is one of the most successful high school coaches in Michigan. We are thrilled that he is bringing that formula for success to De La Salle to continue and enhance the great tradition of DLS football. Mike is a quality person who is great for kids.”
Mike has won multiple Coach of the Year Awards, and was elected to the Macomb County Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012.
Mike takes over the Pilots following the recent retirement of Paul Verska, who led the Pilots to three state finals, and the Division 2 State Championship in 2014.
Mike said, “I am humbled and honored to be welcomed into the De La Salle family. I have been very blessed with the relationships I have made at Dakota from administration, staff and community.I am most grateful for the men I have coached with and the great players I have had the privilege to coach. As we start on this new journey, I anticipate great things to come.”
The Warren Cousino graduate has a Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University, and a Master’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University. He will be joining the De La Salle teaching staff.
DLS Principal Patrick Adams said, “What I am excited about is not that we have the winningest coach in Macomb County history, but that we have a man who is a perfect fit for our mission and for our kids.”
Mike is a resident of Clinton Township, and a parishioner at St. Paul of Tarsus Church.
He and his wife Dottie have been married for 30 years and have three daughters: Laura (Jason) Kolb, Barbara, and Tara; and two grandchildren, Anna Kolb (2 yrs. old) and Logan Kolb (1 yr. old).
His teams at Dakota won:
- 9 Conference Championships
- 11 State District Championships
- 5 State Regional Championships
- 2 Division I State Championships (‘06, ‘07)
- 5 times County Team of the Year
- Has amassed an overall record of 159-68 (.700) including 33-14 in the State Playoffs in 18 years starting with the 1998 football season
- Have qualified for the State playoffs 16 times including the last 15 years in a row starting with the 2001 season.