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Former Robichaud Football Coach Passes Away, But Leaves Legacy

Longtime Coach Keith Stephens passes away…


The high school football community around the area and state is mourning the loss of longtime coach Keith Stephens, who passed away Friday morning after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Stephens spent the last two seasons at Southfield-Lathrup and has served as president of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association.

Stephens spent most of his career at Oak Park, where he was the head coach for 24 seasons before getting fired after the 2006 season.

He moved on to Pontiac Northern and then Dearborn Heights Robichaud after that before being named head coach at Lathrup in 2013.

At Robichaud, Stephens took a program that won two games in 2010 and led it to nine wins and a playoff berth in 2012.

Stephens was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about year ago, according to Southfield district athletic director Anika McEvans, but still wanted to coach the team this past Fall.

“He was determined to coach the season and he did it,” McEvans said.

Following the season, the cancer intensified and claimed the life of Stephens on Friday morning.

McEvans said details of his funeral will be released sometime in the next few days, adding players were informed of the news on Friday morning and were obviously devastated.

“He was a father figure to a lot of those boys,” McEvans said. “He was hard on them at times, but they knew he cared about them and wanted the best for them.”

 Coach Stephens will be honored by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (M.H.S.F.C.A.) Hall of Fame. There will be an Induction Ceremony & Banquet held on March 28, 2015 at the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel in Ann Arbor.






Last Updated: 2/7/2015 8:58:52 AM EST

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