BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich, (WXYZ) - One metro Detroit community is saying goodbye to a beloved and decorated high school teacher and coach today.
Head Coach of Bloomfield Hills Lahser swim team for nearly four decades, Mike Rado, 58, passed away Tuesday of brain cancer.
Rado suffered for two years from the disease and recently underwent surgery from which he never fully recovered.
In a letter home to parents, fellow swim coach David Zulkiewski said, "Rado was a teacher and coach, but more importantly a friend, a father figure, and a great man. He coached his athletes with tough love, support, and a focus to be a great athlete, but also a great person."
His lengthy list of accomplishments as both an athlete and coach include Big Ten Champion 200IM in 1977 for Michigan State University, and recipient of the 2005 Bruce Harlan Award Winner - the highest award given by the MISCA coaching association.
Coach Rado died in Arizona where he recently moved to to be near family and receive additional treatment.
In lieu of funeral services donations can be made in Mike's name to the National Brain Tumor Society .