Inducted in 2009
Mike Gotfried graduated from Crestline High School in 1962. Mike was a three sport athlete playing football, basketball, and baseball at CHS. He then attended Morehead State where he graduated in 1966 with a degree in education and received his Masters Degree in education in 1973. Mike played quarterback on the football team for four years starting his sophomore year at Morehead state. Mike began his coaching career in 1966 at Roseville high school at head football coach. In 1969 Mike coached the Norwalk St. Paul high school football team to the class B state championship. His 12 years as a successful college football coach started at Murray State and then took him to Cincinnati, Kansas, and Pittsburgh. At Pittsburgh he compiled a 26-17-2 record that included wins over Notre Dame, Penn State, and West Virginia. His total record as a head college football coach is 77-54-6. Mike has hosted local sports shows and written about sports in different venues.
Mike began reporting for ESPN in 1990 doing football game analysis and has continued in that capacity for CFA games, college games, and for the NFL draft. Mike, who is now considered one of televisions most respected game analysts, and is also a sought after motivational speaker and has spear-headed fund-raisers for charitable organizations in Ohio and Alabama. Mike is the founder of team focus, which provides support and camps for young men without father figures in their life.
Mike has been an advisor, contributor, and organizer for several local sports activities. He spearheaded the drive to obtain contributions for the construction of the Crestline St. Joseph Convocation Center. Mike was one of the original organizers of the Crestline sports hall of fame and continues to support it yearly. In 2003 the Crestline hall of fame committee surprised Mike and inducted him into their hall of fame.