Jacob Topp named next head coach of southern Lyon-Est football
The Sud Lyon Est sports department announced on Thursday that Jacob Topp would take over as the program’s next head football coach, replacing Joe Pesci, who resigned in March.
Topp has spent the past five years on Dan MacLean’s coaching staff at Detroit Country Day, helping the Yellow Jackets win a Division 4 state championship in 2020, as well as the state runner-up in 2016 and 2019.
Topp has also coached at Marian University, Aurora University, Wartburg College, Minnesota State University Moorehead, and Grand Valley State University.
“I will build on my experience from a number of successful programs, and the lessons I have learned will continue the success of recent seasons south of Lyon East,” Topp said in a statement. “We will strive to create students. Athletes who will make our school proud on the field, in the classroom and in the community. I will bring a combination of energy and enthusiasm, personality and professionalism, and knowledge of the game, which will make the Cougar football program, and the young men who make it up, winners on and off the field.
“I have the confidence to build on Coach Pesci’s success over the past few years. I am honored and feel privileged to lead the south Lyon-Est football program.”
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Topp played college football at Grand Valley State University, winning two National Championships as a player in 2005-06, while also being part of the team that holds the NCAA Division 2 record with 40 straight wins. and not losing a single match in its time. with the offensive online program.
Starting 23 games for the Lakers, Topp was a three-time member of the All-Academic Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team, while also being named to the All-GLIAC team in his final year.
Pesci spent six seasons with the Cougars, qualifying for the playoffs in two of his last three seasons. He led the team to a program record 5-3 in 2020, finishing third in the Lakes Valley Conference.