Nick has been selected by College Soccer News as one of the top 15 Division I assistant coaches in the country. He is entering his third season as men’s soccer assistant coach at UCLA. Nick is considered one of the top recruiters in the country. In his first year with the Bruins he helped lead the team to its second consecutive PAC-12 championship. In his second season he led the effort to bring in the No. 1 ranked recruiting class. And, this past off season, he again helped bring in the consensus No. 1 ranked recruiting class.
Earlier this year Chris won the Southern Hard Courts tennis championships. He figured, why not make the jump to the national seniors tennis scene. Why not, indeed. After all, he already had a template (so to speak) to follow. In 1978 he was Division III singles and doubles national champion, playing on the 1978 national championship team under George Acker. This past June, Chris won the National Super Category II singles championship in Austin, Texas, his first national singles title since his senior year as a Hornet. In the finals at Austin he beat the number one seed, a longtime member of the U.S. International Team. As a result of his tournament win, Chris was ranked in the top 20 in the U.S. in his age division. He’s since climbed to number 12.
Dennis is the Wen Chao Chen Associate Professor of East Asian Social Sciences at Kalamazoo College. His article “Sporting Disability: Official Representations of the Disabled Body at Tokyo’s 1964 Paralympics” was recently published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science.
Mike has been inducted into the Muskegon (Mich.) Area Sports Hall of Fame. He guided the Muskegon Catholic Central football team to six state titles in his 25 seasons as head coach before his retirement in 2012. Mike also coached baseball and junior high girls basketball and volleyball, and was a teacher, athletic director and principal during his years at MCC. At K, Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in political science.
Nick has been promoted. He is now the associate head coach of the UCLA men’s soccer team. For the past three seasons he has served as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the Bruins. In addition to recruiting, Nick is actively involved in all aspects of the UCLA soccer program, including player development, training, scouting, scheduling, soccer-specific fitness training, summer camp development and community outreach. The former Hornet All-American has helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons in Westwood and a Pac-12 Championship in 2012. His work helped UCLA secure the number one seed in the 2013 tournament and the number two seed in 2014 tournament.
Not long ago BeLight learned about Ed’s untimely death. He passed away on November 27, 2012, due to a stroke. He was very active in sports during his time at K, playing football and running track and field. He was a political science major and earned a teaching certificate. Ed had a varied career as a teacher, insurance broker, and computer salesman. He had many health issues culminating with a kidney transplant in the year before his death. Ed is survived by his sister, Helene Lapp, and he is missed by his two sons, Ed and Andy Coyle, and his 4 grandchildren, Maelynn and Gage Coyle, Caleb Coyle, and Kaiya Singleton.
Sarah fulfilled a lifelong dream when she completed a solo swim of 21 miles across Lake St. Clair. She did the swim on August 7, and it took nine hours and 27 minutes. Colegrove is a lifelong swimmer (including her tenure as a member of the Hornet swim team), and she has competed in several triathlons, including three Ironman competitions. Lake St. Clair’s 21-mile distance is the same as that of the English Channel. Sarah works as an attorney and lives in Grosse Pointe, Mich. She plans to swim the Straits of Mackinac next year.
Many Michiganders (and more) have walked the five-mile Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day, an annual event. The bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac. On Labor Day 2015 the 65,000 bridge walkers might have looked down to see 84 swimmers crossing the Straits. Yes, swimmers! And one of them was Sarah. Sarah’s swim was part of a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. The swimmers raised more than $325,000 for Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization program. Twelve teams, each with seven swimmers, attempted the crossing. “The water was not as cold as expected,” said Sarah, “but the wind, strong current and rough water conditions made the swim very challenging.” Sarah swam in tandem with the 65,000 walkers and finished on the shores of the Straits at Fort Michilimackinac in the Lower Peninsula. “Not all swimmers finished,” added Sarah, “and one group required more than eight hours to complete the swim.” Sarah’s group swam the distance in just under three hours. “It was an epic swim for a great cause!”
Vic died on October 6, 2014. He was 85 years old and arguably the most well-known graduate of Kalamazoo College. He matriculated to K from Monroe (Mich.) High School, where he had been a multi-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball, and tennis). He was the first high school tennis player to win the state singles championship three times. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and played on the Hornet men’s tennis team. He served as team captain his senior year, the same year he took the MIAA singles championship. He also was MIAA doubles champion in 1949 and 1951. After graduation he was the assistant basketball coach at the University of Toledo, and he played on the professional tennis circuit. Vic moved to California and earned his master’s degree in educational psychology (California State University). He began study for his doctorate in psychology (USC) but discontinued that work in order to become the chief tennis professional at a tennis club. It was in the teaching of tennis that Vic achieved his international renown. In 1971 he started the Vic Braden Tennis College in Coto de Caza, Calif. That effort later expanded to include campuses in Florida and Utah and traveled throughout the United States, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and China. He taught thousands of players and lectured in all 50 states. His players included champions like Tracy Austin, and yet he seemed to have a special spot in his heart for the average weekend hacker. He combined humor and psychology to make every student as proficient as she or he could be. Vic hosted a tennis instructional show on public television in the early 1980s that was carried by 238 stations. He appeared on NBC, made instructional videos, and authored eight books. The New York Times obituary (“Vic Braden, Tennis’s Pied Piper, Dies at 85,” Douglas Martin) noted that “Mr. Braden’s forte was psychology, which he thought could nearly work miracles. He told Sports Illustrated that if he were given eight good 13-year-old players–‘I don’t mean great athletes,’ he specified–he could have all of them in the Wimbledon quarterfinals at 18. Such improbable success, he said, would involve learning to think differently. ‘The moment of enlightenment,’ he said, ‘is when a person’s dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.’” In recognition of his lifetime achievements, Vic was presented an honorary degree from his alma mater in April of 2008. He is pictured (center, in the photo at left) at that event, held in Stetson Chapel, with the late Professor and Coach Emeritus George Acker (left) and Professor of Physical Education and Volleyball Coach Jeanne Hess.
Chris and his son, Shaun, made it all the way to the finals of the USTA National Senior Father/Son Clay Court Championships in November. The tournament took place in Sarasota, Fla. It was the Busserts first senior circuit tournament, and making the finals was a good week of work. They lost to a team that has won the event the previous two years. Chris won national singles and doubles titles during his days as a Hornet tennis player.