Walt Michaels stepped down as head coach of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Stallions, the local franchise in the new Minor League Football System, in 1990.
Michaels cited health problems as the reason and planned to stay with the team in an advisory capacity. George Baldwin, Michaels’ top assistant, was named interim head coach. Baldwin was the former head coach at Kutztown University and an assistant coach with the New England Patriots.
“The big thing is Walt didn’t want to resign,” Stallions general manager Chris Lencheski said. “But he did want to do the right thing for the franchise. Walt Michaels is still going to be involved in the organization.”
Michaels had surgery in May to remove part of a growth behind the inside of his right ear. He left the hospital a week later, but an infection caused him to miss two weeks of the Stallions’ preseason camp. He didn’t join the team until late June.
Michaels coached the team the previous Friday, but was told by doctors not to travel to this week’s game in Florida.
“You can’t be much of a head coach, running back and forth like this,” Michaels said earlier in the week. “I want to do the right thing for the team.”
Michaels was a four-time all-pro linebacker with the Cleveland Browns. He was also the head coach of the New York Jets and the USFL’s New Jersey Generals. The Swoyersville native was living on his farm in Shickshinny.
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