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University Liggett Soccer Coach Enters Hall of Fame

David Backhurst was inducted into the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame after leading the Knights to five state championships.

University Liggett soccer coach David Backhurst received a call from the hall—the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Backhurst, who started coach at University Liggett in 1982 and has led the Knights to five state championships, was inducted into the hall of fame on Friday in Southfield as part of the group’s inaugural class.

"This is a great honor," Backhurst said in an article posted on the school’s website. "I'm overwhelmed. Anytime you are being singled out as being one of the best in your profession, it's humbling. And to be included with the other people on this list—they're the best coaches in all classes."

He has won 396 games as the coach of the boys soccer team at Liggett and another 301 as the girls coach, according to the school.

Backhurst has won numerous awards, according to the school. In 2001, he was a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s coach of the year award.

NOTE: This story was updated at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25 to correct the spelling of David Backhurst.

Dan February 25, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Congratulations to Coach Backhurst, John please correct the spelling of his last name.
John Hetzler (Editor) February 26, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Thank you, Dan. We have updated the article with the correct spelling.
Susan Edwards Walker February 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Great job coach! Congratulations. -Susan Edwards Walker (ULS 1985)

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