Storch to be honored by MHSSCA

Alpena boys and girls soccer coach Tim Storch has accomplished quite a bit in a 32-year coaching career, amassing nine state titles, more than 900 wins and countless other awards.

Tonight he’ll add one more honor to his resume.

Storch will be inducted tonight as part of the freshman class of the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association’s at its first Hall of Fame banquet at 6 p.m., tonight in Southfield.

Storch will be inducted along with Nick Archer (East Lansing), David Blackhurst (University Liggett), Paul Bartoshuk (Detroit Country Day), Scott Batchelor (Petoskey) and Thaier Mukhtar (Warren DeLaSalle and Fraser).

“It’s obviously quite an honor to get that kind of accolade, but to be part of the first class is pretty special,” Storch said.

This spring, Storch will begin his second year at the helm of the Alpena girls program after the Wildcats went 6-13 last season. Storch is 17-16-5 in two years as coach of the Alpena boys team and Storch’s impact on the boys team was immediate when he guided the Wildcats to an 8-8-3 season in his first year after they went 6-12-1 in 2010.

Before coming to Alpena, Storch turned the Troy Athens boys and girls soccer teams into annual contenders over 30 years. Storch won a boys state title in his first season in 1981 and followed with boys titles in 1983, 1984, 1989 and 1997. Storch won girls titles in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 2000.

The MHSSCA hopes to make the Hall of Fame banquet and annual event and Executive Director David Hulings said Storch was an integral part of helping to get the idea off the ground. In addition to being inducted, Storch and the other inductees will help select next year’s class of honorees.

Storch played collegiately at Central Michigan University, earning an All-American honorable mention and once his playing career ended, he found that his still had a passion for competition. Coaching provided an outlet to fuel that passion.

“I had a number of coaches and I took something away from all of them, especially the passion of competition, passion to do your best and trying to do extraordinary things,” Storch said. “I wanted to continue to relish that excitement I got as a player and the best way I found to do that was by coaching.”

Graduating in 1979, Storch looked for teaching jobs and ultimately found one at Troy Athens, where he subbed for a year and then became a full-time teacher. It also happened that Athens was on the verge of adding soccer as a varsity sport and in the fall of 1981, a 25-year old Storch got his first coaching job.

Storch’s last boys title with the Redhawks in 1997, is one accomplishment he considers to be among his most rewarding. That team was made up of players that had collected sub-.500 records as JV players and got on a roll at the right time, ultimately beating Plymouth-Salem 2-1 in the Division 1 state final.

“Talent beats talent when talent doesn’t work very hard,” Storch said. “We became state champions because we wouldn’t take no for an answer.”

Though he’s achieved the state’s ultimate soccer goal nine times, Storch considers his biggest thrill in coaching to be the chance to build relationships with everyone that’s involved in the soccer program.

“The relationships you have with players, the coaching staff and the satisfaction you get from watching ordinary players do extraordinary things,” Storch said.