Former Reed City athlete wins collegiate coach of year honors

REED CITY — Steve Proefrock has fond memories of playing basketball in Reed City during some very successful years. He’s been able to take his playing successes to the coaching level.

Proefrock, the coach at Glen Oaks Community College, received the state junior college coach of the year award in early October during the 29th annual Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor Awards Banquet of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM). He’s now in his 16th year as coach.

He has also received the honors from the BCAM in the past.

“I’m honored and I call that coach of the year award the team of the year,” Proefrock said. “Without them, it wouldn’t be possible.”

Proefrock, also the athletic director at Glen Oaks, near Kalamazoo, led his team to the Western Conference Championship with a conference season record of 15-1 last season and an overall record of 27-4 and was third in the nation. The only conference setback was a 105-103 overtime loss to Grand Rapids.

There are about 20 schools in the conference. Glen Oaks is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), as well as the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA). Proefrock’s team won the 2013 MCCAA Western Conference title. For the third time in nine years Proefrock, was named Western Conference coach of the year.

This could be another fine season for Glen Oaks.

“We’re pretty good,” Proefrock said. “We had a nice recruiting class. We should be decent.”

He graduated in 1979 from Reed City. The Coyotes were state ranked that season. The following season after Proefrock had left, they won the Class C state title. He later got a masters in physical education at Eastern Kentucky and is a physical education instructor at Glen Oaks.

He’s had other stops including coaching stints as Bemidji State in Minnesota and Colorado College and also high school stops in Detroit at Detroit Evangelical Christian.

Coaching is something that drew Proefrock’s interests since his high school days.

“It’s in my blood, I never get tired of it,” he said. “Reed City was dominant back in those days. It was a golden age for Reed City. That’s what turned me on in coaching.”

As the school’s senior athlete of the year, he played basketball, baseball and football and focused on basketball as a coach.