Lansing area football coach takes Baldwin head position

BALDWIN — Baldwin has a new head football coach.

Levoid Vickers III has been hired to replace Doug Bolles, who resigned last month to take a similar position at Hesperia. The district went through the interviewing process and last week announced that Vickers would be taking the job.

Because of the lateness of the appointment, Vicker still is in the transitional period while athletic director Shawn Williams continues as interim coach. Williams, Vickers indicated, will be coaching the team Thursday night when it opens the season at home against Muskegon Height. Vickers said he’ll be on the sidelines helping out. Vickers plans on taking control next week when practices resume.

“I’ll be on site for the game on Thursday,” he said. “However, my first practice will be Sunday or Monday.”

Baldwin scrimmaged at Holton last Thursday and players had a chance to meet Vickers, who made an appearance.

“I introduced myself to the kids and the coaches and watched them a little bit,” he said.

Vickers is in the Lansing area and focusing on making the physical move. He was an assistant coach four years at Lansing Catholic and also served a brief stint at Leslie. He spent two years as an assistant coach at Olivet College.

“(Baldwin) will be my first head coaching job at the high school level,” Vickers said. “However, I was the head coach of a 7-on-7 club team for a number of years.”

Vickers was born and raised in Detroit and played football and Detroit Cooley. He was all-conference as a tackle. He played college football at Olivet.

Vickers said he was told by Williams at an Okemos football camp the Baldwin job was open. He applied for it and said he will be teaching special education at the school and will be the freshman class advisor.

Because of the situation, Vickers indicated the current coaches will continue to work with the program. He hopes to stick with the program for a while. He added that the spread offense the Panthers currently use is similar to what was utilized at Lansing Catholic. He coached at LC when the program was in the state title game in 2011.

Vickers indicated his support of the district’s current preference to play 11- man football. Many of Baldwin’s former opponents are now in 8-player football. Baldwin is an independent and is playing much larger schools on its schedule such as Ludington and Evart. Baldwin doesn’t have a junior varsity program and Vickers wants to increase the numbers.

The roster is around 18 and Vickers would like to get it in the mid 20s.