February 2020 ROAR

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Coverage of Rockford athletics at all levels.

A staple for the Rams Football program for many years, Brett Cummings addresses the varsity team during recent football action.

~ Photo by Connie Hill

A graduate of Belding High School,

Cummings was a gifted athlete where he

was a member of the “Team of Destiny,”

named due to a long string of playoff

successes from 1993 to 1999. That included

two state titles, six semifinals and four

state finals appearances. Cummings was

recognized by the MHSAA for 85 career

touchdowns from 1995-98, with 38 of

those coming in a single season.

His talent on the gridiron earned him

a football scholarship to the University

of Michigan. While there, he played in a

Rose Bowl game, with two of his teams

earning Big Ten Conference championships.

A gifted athlete, he also ran track

there from 2002-04. He graduated with a

degree in Kinesiology, majoring in physical

education instruction. He earned a

master’s degree in coaching sport performance

with an emphasis on strength

and conditioning, leading him to his

current position in the school system.

“Brent checks all the boxes,” says

Shibler. “He is an educator first, which

is a prerequisite for this position. Add

to that his history with Rockford, his

understanding of our culture, and his

outstanding personal and professional

achievements. He is a great fit.”

As for Cummings, he is eager and

ready to lead Team 108.

“I am extremely excited to be named

the head football coach for our Rockford

Football program,” shares Cummings.

“I look forward to working in my

leadership role and finding ways to

serve our current players and coaches.

Our coaches are ready to collaborate together

to put our plan in action. We have

all been blessed to serve as assistants

under Ralph (Munger) and fully understand

the time and dedication it takes

to build a successful program. There is

a lot of excitement within our football

program right now and we cannot wait

to take on this next season together as a

collective unit.”

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