Deromedi joins U-M, will serve as mentor
Former CMU Athletics Director Herb Deromedi spent 15 years teaching football as a prosperous head coach.
He also spent 12 years overseeing the CMU athletics department governing an extensive staff.
Now, after accepting a position as a volunteer assistant under Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, he will shift his mindset toward learning.
“I’ve been removed from football for a while, so it gives me a chance to see how the game has changed,” Deromedi said. “It’s a great opportunity to work with their program.”
Carr and offensive coordinator Mike DeBord made room for Deromedi on the U-M staff where he will serve as a mentor.
It will mark the first time DeBord and Deromedi are together since DeBord served as the Chippewas’ head coach from 2000-2003.
DeBord served as U-M’s offensive coordinator from 1997-1999 where he guided the team to a national championship in his initial season. He was re-appointed to the coordinator position Feb. 7 when Terry Malone accepted a position with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.
Deromedi can’t be on the field during games because of NCAA guidelines, but will oversee practice and help with sundry duties around the U-M football office.
DeBord said Deromedi was one of the main reasons he took the CMU job and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him again.
“He really became a mentor for me because of all of his years of experience as a coach,” DeBord said. “We were always around each other. It’s nice that I’ll be able to lean on him for ideas and suggestions once again.”
Deromedi brings much knowledge to the Wolverines staff, having compiled a 110-55-10 record at CMU from 1978-93. His 110 wins still are first in MAC history.
Under Deromedi’s guidance as athletics director, 34 CMU teams won MAC championships.
DeBord said he’d like to take a small amount of credit for helping draw Deromedi back to U-M, where he graduated with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
“Coach Carr and I had talked about it, and we were very much in favor of having him as a part of our staff,” DeBord said. “He has such a strong passion for football and this really allows him to do something he wants to.”
Because of Deromedi’s prior ties to Michigan, DeBord believes people should respect his decision to coach again.
“He retired as an athletics director, and now this is a new role he can pursue,” DeBord said. “He did a lot of great things at Central. Everyone should be very happy for him.”
Another factor aiding Deromedi’s decision to commute to Ann Arbor from Mount Pleasant will be to spend time with his children David and Lori, who both reside in the area.
If anything else, Deromedi jokingly said the new position could help him serve as a better coach during his next lifetime.
“Maybe this will help me be a better head coach the next time around,” he said. “Who knows what could happen?”