By Craig Beilfuss
MUSKEGON–Muskegon High School athletic director Keith Guy has a big dilemma this weekend.
But, it’s a good dilemma that any sporting director would welcome.
For starters, the Big Reds football team will play for a Division 3 football state championship. That game will take place Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Ford Field in Detroit.
Then there’s the Big Reds basketball team, which Guy coaches, playing in a midday mega scrum at Lansing Waverly.
Finally, Guy’s son, Cameron Martinez, will play on the big stage when the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Michigan Wolverines Saturday noon in Columbus.
“Sign me up,” an excited Guy said from his office on Monday afternoon.
Guy is entering his 11th year as the Big Reds’ sporting director. The boys’ first day of basketball practice was Monday. Guy is also entering his 11th season as a basketball coach.
Guy and his sports team are busy this week getting all the last-minute details for a variety of sporting events, and with the girls’ basketball season on the horizon next week with a new coach, things aren’t going anywhere. will not clear up. Plus, it’s just a two-day week before the Thanksgiving break.
“The staff here are amazing to work with,” Guy said. “They play such an important role in the preparation and the order of things here. Without the staff we have, a lot of things just wouldn’t happen in an orderly fashion. »
Guy is involved in preparing the Big Reds for the biggest football game of the season.
“I’m trying to get as much off[Fairfield Muskegon coach]Shane’s plate as possible,” Guy said. “Anything I can do to take the pressure off him, I’m ready to do.”
The Big Reds have secured two training sites for this week ahead of Saturday’s Championship game.
On Monday afternoon, Muskegon was due to train at the Sport Haus and again on Thursday and Friday. Tuesday and Wednesday they will train inside Grand Valley State University.
Guy and his staff, as well as MHSAA, will not have to worry about accommodation. Fairfield wants things to be as normal as possible on game day. The Big Reds travel to Ford Field on Saturday and return home after the league game.
After the Big Reds opened the season 3-2, many wondered if Muskegon would even earn a playoff spot. Guy was extremely pleased with what he saw.
“Anytime you play football in November it’s a good thing,” Guy said.
Guy decided it was in his best interest to forgo the “big game down south” in Ohio State to see his son Cameron fight against Michigan.
“We talked about it and everyone agrees with my decision,” Guy said. “The rest of the family will be there.”
So Guy will travel to Lansing Waverly on Saturday morning with his basketball team for a scrimmage. The regular season starts in two weeks.
Under normal conditions, being a sports director is a full-time job with many tasks attached to it.
Keith Guy wears three hats this Saturday; athletic director, basketball coach and father of a son playing for the Big Ten East Division football title.
“Sign me up” Guy said.