REED CITY\u00a0\u2014 Steve Proefrock has fond memories of playing basketball in Reed City during some very successful years. He\u2019s 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\u2019s now in his 16th year as coach. He has also received the honors from the BCAM in the past. \u201cI\u2019m honored and I call that coach of the year award the team of the year,\u201d Proefrock said. \u201cWithout them, it wouldn\u2019t be possible.\u201d Proefrock, also the athletic director at Glen Oaks, near Kalamazoo,\u00a0led 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\u2019s team won\u00a0the 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. \u201cWe\u2019re pretty good,\u201d Proefrock said. \u201cWe had a nice recruiting class. We should be decent.\u201d 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\u2019s 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\u2019s interests since his high school days. \u201cIt\u2019s in my blood, I never get tired of it,\u201d he said. \u201cReed City was dominant back in those days. It was a golden age for Reed City. That\u2019s what turned me on in coaching.\u201d As the school\u2019s senior athlete of the year, he played basketball, baseball and football and focused on basketball as a coach.