Legendary Coach Jack Finn Passes Away at 84


The Northwood athletic family lost one of its most legendary figures this May with the passing of former head coach and athletic director Jack Finn.  Finn was the head football coach at Northwood Michigan from 1968-86 and served as the athletic director at the school from 1968-89. He ranks second in Northwood football history with 87 victories and led NU to three  Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships (1973, 1974, 1976). He not only put Northwood football and athletics on the map, but he also was one of the founding fathers of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“Jack’s the father of Northwood football,” said Athletic Director Pat Riepma. “He was a great influence on my life.  He paved the way for many student-athletes at Northwood with all the groundwork and foundations he laid for a lot of the positive things that have happened at Northwood. He’s a legend at Northwood.”

A testament to Finn’s legacy is the fact that he is a member of five different halls of fame: Midland County Sports (1982), Michigan High School Coaches (1983), Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame (2000), Northwood University Athletic Hall of Fame (2006) and the Battle Creek High School (2009).

- Travis McCurdy