Class of 2009

Dave Michayluk
BORN:  MAY 18, 1962, WAKAW, SASKATCHEWAN

    Rick Ley coached the Muskegon Lumberjacks for many of the seven years from 1985 to 1992 that Dave Michayluk ruled the L.C. Walker Arena. Back in 1988, Ley had this to say about his star player:
    “(Dave Michayluk) is a very hard worker and he comes to play every game. He’s a complete player, the kind you build a franchise around.”
    And that’s exactly what the Lumberjacks did. “Boris” — the nickname Michayluk was given early on because his last name resembled that of Boris Mikhailov, the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of Russian hockey — scored at least 100 points in all seven seasons in Muskegon, which were highlighted by Turner Cup league championships in 1986 and 1989. He helped the team to league runner-up finishes in 1985, 1987, 1990 and 1992.
    Michayluk was part of a Jacks dynamic trio with current MASHF member Jock Callander and Scott Gruhl. Michayluk has the most points in Lumberjacks history (769), most points in a season (137) and career games played as a Lumberjack (564).
    A fourth round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1981 NHL Draft, he did not resign with the Flyers, and became an unrestricted free agent. Inked by the Pittsburgh Penguins, he was called up to Pittsburgh along with teammates Jock Callander and Mike Needham for the playoffs.  Skating on "the Muskegon Line", he scored a goal and had an assist, helping the injury-depleted Penguins and their star Mario Lemieux win the Stanley Cup in 1992.
   
Michayluk played the final five years of his career with the Cleveland Lumberjacks, retiring following the 1996-97 season ranked No. 2 in IHL history for career goals (594), No. 3 for career points (1,298) and No. 4 for career assists (704). Today, he ranks among the few in all levels of professional hockey to post nine consecutive 100 point seasons during his career

 

Don Mosley
BORN: August 20, 1939, MUSKEGON, MI

    For the first 38 years of the school’s existence, Mona Shores had only one wrestling coach. Don Mosley’s record is one of incredible longevity and winning. Between 1962 and 2001, his teams racked up a 489-186-4 record, winning an amazing 72 percent of their matches. During that span, the Sailors dominated the city wrestling meet, earning 20 city titles.
    A total of 86 of his grapplers qualified for the annual Michigan High School Athletic Association tournament, with 28 of those finishing in the top four at the state finals. Seventeen of his wrestlers are members of the Shores Century Club with 100-or-more career wins. During Mosley’s reign, the Sailors had more than 30 individual state place-winners and one state champion, Ken
Luipakka (167) in 1978.
    Well-known locally as the owner of Mosley’s
Driving School, he stated that part of his coaching style was molded from playing center and noseguard at Muskegon Heights for Hall of Fame coach Okie Johnson. At Shores, Mosley also coached football for 10 years, serving as head football coach from 1968 to 1970. His 1968 gridders compiled an 8-1 mark, the best football season in school history.


   

Jack Schugars
BORN: August 17, 1946, GRAND RAPIDS, MI

    A past president of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association, Jack Schugars solidified his place in local history on a cold and rainy night in Hart back in 2004.  After an extremely rare 0-3 start, his Oakridge Eagles stormed to a 43-8 win over Hart.  The victory was Schugars’ 210th as a head coach, breaking the area record for career victories, long held by Muskegon Heights legend Okie Johnson.
   
“I never dreamed about getting this many wins way back when I started,” said Schugars, who took the reigns of the program back in 1979 after the Eagles had posted a 1-8 mark a season earlier.  Over the years, he has served as a father figure to many and remains a strong role model for Oakridge athletes. On that night of accomplishment, in typical fashion, he turned the focus to the kids.
    “But right now, I’m most excited for these kids. They could have quit and walked away the way this season started. But they stuck together and climbed out of the hole.”
    The mentor’s focus on the positive has allowed the school, located on the eastern edge of
Muskegon, to carve out their own identity in an area of the state with a long tradition of winning on the gridiron. In 30 years as head coach, the Eagles have won state titles in 1997, 2005, and 2008, to go along with two runner-up finishes. Schugars’ teams have won 17 titles in the outstanding West Michigan Conference, including nine of ten crowns between 1999 and 2008.