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Monday, August 13, 2007
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

MICHIGAN
From page 11
coaching positions - Michigan Tech
and Wisconsin-Green Bay - during
his 20-year coaching career.
His wife Connie said at least four
schools - Central Michigan, Cincin-
natiColorado and Indiana - contact-
ed her husband about their coaching
vacancies in the past.
"Lookingback at opportunities he's
had in the past, I think somewhere
deep down inside him, it just wouldn't
have been right for him to take those
jobs," she said. "It's not to say that we
knew this day would come, but he

always felt that this would becthe right
opportunity for him and that this was
the one that was going to feel right."
In April 2005, Borseth felt the
timing was right to take a new job.
He accepted an offer totake over the
Colorado program and was scheduled
to appear at his introductory press
conference.
But just two hours before that
conference was set to begin, Borseth
backed out, saying he couldn't take
the job.
Borseth said the only reserva-
tion he's ever had when considering
whether to take a new job is his fam-
ily. When he was offered the Colo-
rado position, Borseth was concerned

about moving his five children - 9, 8,
8, 4 and 2 at the time - who had just
become accustomed to the Green Bay
area.
While Borseth had some of the
same concerns about taking the
Michigan job, he eventually realized
the opportunity in Ann Arbor was
very different from the one he had
received from Colorado two years
before.
Borseth said when he was offered
the Colorado position, his wife's
father and grandmother were both ill,
prompting him to stay at Green Bay.
"At Colorado (I would have been)
a plane flight away from being at
home and Connie's dad and Con-

nie's grandmother," Borseth said.
"Since that time, they've both
passed. But having to get on a plane
with seven people to go between
Denver and Michigan to see them
would have been extremely diffi-
cult for me and my family."
Connie Borseth said her husband
had always wanted to coach at Michi-
gan; but that didn't automatically
make leaving behind all of the sup-
port and relationships in Green Bay
an easy task.
Aside from the move itself, Con-
nie said having to leave behind close
friends in Green Bay will be the hard-
est thing.
"It was a difficult decision to leave

on some level because of the family
we had built in Green Bay," she said.
"But at the same time we talked about
it, and figured out that everything he
had done previously was to get where
he wanted to be, and this is where he
wanted to be. I think he always would
have wondered had he not taken this
job."
Butnowhewon'thave to wonder.
Instead, he'll finally be able to live
out the dream he had always envi-
sioned - and do so in comfort.
"I'm a Midwestern person," said
Borseth, a Bessemer native. "I know a
lot of people that live here. I'm closer
to home. I'm from Michigan. I've
always wanted to be in Michigan."

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