By Zach Watkins – Sports Editor
The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team tips off its season Nov. 7 against last season’s No. 1 ranked team, Schoolcraft Community College.
With David Selmon stepping down, new Head Coach Michael Spicer said there were multiple reasons why he took the reins of the program.
“Number one, I love coaching,” Spicer said. “And I get the opportunity to spend some time with my son and coach him again. That doesn’t happen too often, especially at the college level.
“I did have the opportunity to coach him at the high school level, when he was a junior, at Grand Rapids Christian.”
Spicer has always wanted the opportunity to coach at the collegiate level.
“Coach Selmon was a very integral part of this happening too,” coach Spicer said. “He actually approached me about it.
“After talking to him about it, I felt more confident, and now, here I am.”
The team only returns two members of last season’s squad, Michael Spicer and and Kevin Brower.
“I think last year’s team, at least (on) paper, was better at this point,” coach Spicer said. “They were at least better shooters. There were a lot of good shooters on that team.
“This team is coming along. I watched that team last year, because Mike was on the team, and I liked the heart I saw.”
Spicer said the 2015-16 squad’s biggest strength is its effort.
“They’re going to be an effort team,” coach Spicer said. “They’re going to have to win with effort, hustle, toughness … the defensive end is going to have to keep us in the game.
“Right now, we’re not a good shooting team. We’re going to have to put emphasis on attacking the basket. We definitely have to be a very physical and aggressive team.”
GRCC’s potentially biggest task will come in that opening matchup against Schoolcraft on Nov. 7.
“From my understanding, we may not see another team like them the rest of the way,” coach Spicer said. “It’s going to be a tough opener, but as long as we compete, that’s all I’m looking for right now.”