Stepping in and stepping up

Jesse Schienke

Staff Writer

Whether it pertains to something within the game, something within a team or something within a program, adversity and sports go hand-in-hand.

SC4’s basketball program is dealing with that adversity at a crucial time of their season.

SC4 men’s basketball assistant coach Mike Groulx has been named interim head coach of the women’s basketball team following the resignation of first-year head coach, Lakita Gantz, on Wednesday, Jan.25.

Gantz did not provide a direct reason for her resignation.

Replacing a coach mid-season is no small task, and it put SC4 athletic director and men’s head basketball coach Dale Vos in a tough spot.

“My first thought was to just promote Lucretia Bowerman, coach Gantz’s assistant, to finish the year. She  told would be willing to finish out the year as head coach if she had to, but had no interest in keeping the job going forward into next year,” said Vos.

The solution seemed to be a sensible one, but Vos didn’t want to leave Bowerman to run the team alone.

“Initially, I turned to Mike just to see if he’d be willing to help out,” Vos said. “After talking about it for quite some time, he expressed an interest in taking over as head coach.”

Groulx, a former player at SC4, has been learning as an assistant under Coach Vos for the last six years, and has always aspired to someday be a head coach.

“I was a little hesitant at first,” said Groulx. “I had never really envisioned myself coaching women. But the more I thought about it and the more Coach Vos and I discussed it, I began to see it as a great opportunity to gain experience as well as helping to move the program in the right direction.”

In addition to the fact that he is picking up in the middle of the year, there are also many differences between the men and women’s games that Groulx will be forced to adapt to, and he’ll have to do so rather quickly.

“I’m beginning to realize how much I’ve learned from Coach Vos,” Groulx said. “He’s really prepared me and I feel ready to take on this new challenge.”

Vos has every confidence in his proverbial understudy.

“I have no doubt that Mike will do a terrific job,” said Vos. “He’s a great student of the game and I know he’s very passionate about it. He really wants to be a head coach.”

As far as the future of the position is concerned, no decisions have been made just yet.

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