Voice of Chiefs
Longtime Capac football announcer retires from post after thirty seasons
October 21, 2009CAPAC — Dan Kutchey, the man behind the mic at football games, has decided to retire from the announcer's box after 30 years.
Earlier this month, school officials recognized Kutchey's years of service to the district by presenting him with a plaque and jacket during halftime of the October 9 game.
Kutchey, upon demonstrating his number calling skills for athletic boosters' bingo, was asked to call the action at football games back in 1979.
"My oldest son, Dan, had just started playing freshman football," Kutchey recalls.
|Dan Kutchey, with wife Carole, proudly shows off the plaque and jacket Capac Schools presented the longtime football announcer. photo by Kevin Kissane.|
It didn't take him long to get hooked on the excitement of calling games and getting to see his own kids play.
"I've always enjoyed high school football and all high school sports," Kutchey said.
"It just kept me young."
For many years, he was behind the microphone for all games at all grade levels—junior high, freshman, junior varsity and varsity. In the last year, he's pared down to only varsity games.
Kutchey said it typically takes him the first quarter to get acclimated to the game and players, knowing who does most of the tackling and ball carrying by then.
"I've enjoyed the camaraderie with the timekeepers and spotters," he said, crediting them for their help.
The highlight of Kutchey's career came when he stepped behind the microphone at the Pontiac Silverdome. All the schools in what was then the Southern Thumb Association traveled south to the former Detroit Lions' home to play, but when the scheduled announcer couldn't make it to the Capac versus Armada match up, Kutchey filled in.
"It was the first game that my youngest son started on varsity and I got to announce his name as he ran onto the field at the Silverdome," he recalled.
Kutchey and wife, Carole, have four children, who all played sports for Capac—Dan who graduated in 1984, Dennis in 1987, Denise in 1989 and Donald in 1992.
Kutchey says this year's Chiefs' team has given him some great games to announce. Capac's 22 to 20 victory over Armada on Sept. 25 was a nail-biter and the October 9 defeat of Yale, 14 to 13, was exciting too.
In those 30 years, Kutchey's only been paid twice—for two home playoff games. He's hoping he can make that personal record three...the Chiefs are one win away from making the playoffs. On Friday, they play Detroit Loyola at home.