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Marty Gottesman Lovich Award of

Marty Gottesman holds a Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in Vocational and Business Education, an endorsement from the University of Michigan in Vocational Education and Leadership, and a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University in Educational Leadership and Administration.


Marty spent over 40 years in the Bay City Public Schools system, with 21 of those years coming as an Athletic Director. He began his career at Bay City Central and Bay City Western, where he served as a Vocational Automotive instructor. In 1979, Marty was named Athletic Director at Bay City Western High School, a role he would hold for 21 years. During that time, he also held additional positions including Co-Op Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Auto-Shop teacher, Vocational Director, and Director of Alternative Education. In 2000, Marty assumed the role of District Director of Student Services, and Director of Facilities and Maintenance for Bay City Schools. Though he retired from the Bay City Schools District in 2010, he has remained active in athletic administration. Since 1983, he has served as Commissioner of Schedules and Executive Secretary for the Saginaw Valley League, a position he holds today.


Pete Ryan, CMAA, former Athletic Director at Saginaw Heritage High School, notes “Marty is a confidant, mentor and friend and has also been a tremendous influence for me as an athletic director and has helped myself and others become involved in the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association. Marty has served the MIAAA for many years, assisting with conference planning, handling the printing of business cards annually for the annual conference, and many other duties that have promoted the MIAAA. Marty was excellent with students, parents and staff during his career at Bay City Public Schools. For the Saginaw Valley League, Marty has done an amazing job of creating schedules for the past 30 years. He has adapted to changes within the league and within each sport while maintaining fairness and balance within the schedules. The SVL would not be the successful conference it is today without his service.”


In 1988, Marty served as president of the Michigan Career Placement Association, a professional organization whose goal is to provide direction, placement, and leadership services to all personnel who assist in the placement of students into work-based learning experiences. He was voted Co-Op Coordinator of the Year for the state of Michigan in 1990.


A member of the Midland Country Club for over 25 years, he recently served as volunteer chair for marshals throughout the LPGA’s Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. Marty has been married for 50 years to his wife Marsha and they have one son, Erik (Ayesha), and one grandchild. 


1988 Don Domke, Westland John Glenn
1989 James Czanko, East Kentwood
1990 Bernie Larson, CAA, B.C. Pennfield
1991 John Fundukian, CAA, Novi
1992 Chuck Jones, CAA, Royal Oak
1993 Joe Todey, Essexville Garber
1994 Dan Brouse, CAA, Monroe
1995 George Lovich, Livonia
1996 Dan McShannock, CMAA, Midland Dow
1997 Jane Bennett, CMAA, Ann Arbor Huron
1998 Ralph Kenyon, CMAA, B.C. Harper Creek
1999 Tom Rashid, CAA, Detroit Catholic League
2000 Jack Johnson, Dearborn
2001 Dave Price, CMAA, Rockford
2002 Bill Mick, Midland
2003 Blake Hagman, CAA, Kalamazoo

2004 Chuck Nurek, CAA, Avondale
2005 Steve Marsh, CAA, Midland
2006 Jim Feldkamp, CAA, Troy
2007 Fred Smith, CMAA, Comstock
2008 Gary Hice, CAA, Petoskey
2009 Mike Garvey, CMAA, Delton Kellogg
2010 James Gilmore, Tecumseh
2011 Deb VanKuiken, CMAA, Holly
2012 Karen Leinaar, CAA, Bear Lake
2013 Jamie Gent, CMAA, Haslett
2014 Marc Hage, CMAA, Livonia Churchill
2015 John Thompson, CMAA, Brighton
2016 Carl Arkema, CAA, Ravenna
2017 Michael Thayer, CMAA, Bay City Western
2018 Sal Malek, CAA, Academy of the Sacred Heart
2019 Jean LaClair, CMAA, Bronson

2020 Tim Ritsema, CAA, Jenison

2021 Marty Gottesman, Bay City Schools and SVL