MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - New Muskegon Heights head coach Tony Blankenship knows a thing or two about tradition.
The former U-M safety played for Bo Schembechler in the late 80's and now hopes to build the Tigers into a perennial contender.
Blankenship has head coaching stops at Detroit Murray Wright, Redford, Southwestern and Denby on his resume but says he feels at home on the west side.
"They care about the kids here and they care about the success that the kids have," Blankenship said. "They care about their futures and that's what I stand for."
Heights is coming off back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in school history under former head coach Willie Snead III.
The Tigers finished 2010 with a 6-5 record, falling to Oakridge in the Division 5 district finals 34-14.