High school By CLIFTON BROWN Free Press Staff Writer Last week, some of the top football players in western Wayne and Washtenaw counties scrawled their signatures on letters of intent, binding them to major universities. These stories profile some of those players. Defensive back Dan Vooletich of Ann Arbor Pioneer has a unique story, because his father, Milan Vooletich, is the outside linebacker linebacker coach for the University of Michigan. Despite that, the younger Vooletich chose to attend the University of North Carolina. Milan Vooletich describes his son Dan this way: "He's very much a Michigan kid. He certainly lives and dies with the Maize and Blue," The younger Vooletich has spent many a Saturday afternoon cheering the-Wolverines the-Wolverines the-Wolverines on at Michigan Stadium, while his father coached on the sidelines. Those days are over, however at least for the time being. Dan's allegiance has switched from the Wolverines to the North Carolina Tar Heels. Coach Vooletich is philosphical about his son's decision. "For selfish reasons, I would have loved to see Dan come to Michigan," he said. "A coach's family life is not normal, because he spends so much time on the road. In the meantime, your own family is often neglected. "Dan's mother has done a terrific job raising him. He's really a great kid, and I realize that I've missed out on so many things in Dan's life. His coming to Michigan would have finally given me a chance to be close to Dan for a long period of time.' "But, I'm truly happy he's going to North The signing stars choose Free Press Photo bv AL KAMUDA Dan Vooletich at the Ann Arbor Pioneer field. Carolina. It's a great school, and I've known Dick Crum (UNC head coach) for years. He'll dota great job with Dan." ACTUALLY, Dan Vooletich says the decision decision to head south was not as difficult as it could have been. "To tell you the truth, I don't think Michigan Michigan was that interested in me," said Dan. "North Carolina was the biggest school that recruited me, and they contacted me late. Maybe the fact that we (Ann Arbor Pioneer) won the state title brought more attention to us. Maybe some people said, 'Hey, these kids know how to win.' "Carolina had everything I wanted: No. 1 education, and No. 2 great football. I want to study journalism, and North Carolina's school of journalism is excellent. I have something to wtf fa mill fcili 11 I inn i- i- their colleges prove in football, and if I make it to the pros, great. But, if I don't, I need something else to fall back on. "Back when I was younger, I thought a lot about what it would be like playing football with one of those winged Michigan helmets on. Things didn't work out that way, but I'm excited about going to Carolina. I visited Central Michigan and Miami of Ohio, but Carolina was my last visit, and when I came back, I knew that's where I wanted to go." ONE OF PIONEER'S co-captains, co-captains, co-captains, the 5-foot-11, 5-foot-11, 5-foot-11, 5-foot-11, 5-foot-11, 175-pound 175-pound 175-pound Vooletich was responsible for calling the team's defensive signals. "The stuff we do at Pioneer is pretty complicated for high school, so I think that will help me adjust to college ball," said Vooletich. "North Carolina's defense is very similar to ours. "I like Ann Arbor, and I know I'll miss my family and friends. But, I had to do what I thought was best." It's certainly a decision Dan's father can live with. "My wife put me in perspective about Dan," said Vooletich. "She asked me what would happen if Dan had gone to Michigan, and one day he dropped a punt in front of 100,000 people. She said I could probably handle that, and that she could probably handle that if she worked at it. But, could Dan handle that? People would be saying, 'He's only playing because he's one of the coaches' sons.' "I'll miss Dan, but a man's got to do what a man's got to do. This is probably the most important decision he's had to make in his life so far. I feel he made an intelligent one."