Cliff Somers has developed a strong cross country program at Fremont High School. That includes a boys team that won the conference championship this season.

On the eve of the regional meets, the Michigan High School Athletic Coaches Association announced Somers has been named Coach of the Year. Somers was informed of the honor several weeks ago.

The award is presented not only for success in the sport, but for the contributions of the athletes to the school and community. But, that is only part of the criteria used to determine the coach’s selection, the MHSCA said in a press release.

In the release, the MHSCA also noted: “The Michigan High School Coaches Association works to promote the educational value of interscholastic athletics and the role of athletic administrators and coaches. (It) is proud to spotlight Cliff Somers – a person whose work and values best mirror those of the association.”

Somers will be honored Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Ramada Lansing Hotel & Conference Center at the MHSCA Winter Awards Luncheon.