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New men’s basketball coach at MMCC

HARRISON — Mid Michigan Community College welcomes a new men’s basketball coach to its athletics’ staff. Kaleb House will oversee the Lakers’ team for the 2012-13 season.

KALEB HOUSE

A Mt. Pleasant native and Mt. Pleasant High School graduate, House currently teaches for Beal City Public Schools. He played basketball at Kirtland Community College for two years, acting as team captain for the Firebirds’ 2003-04 season. After his time at Kirtland, House spent two years playing for Aquinas College, receiving NAIA Academic All-American status his senior year.

House has coached the varsity basketball team at Beal City for the past four seasons, leading his teams to 2nd-place conference finishes in three of those four years. His impressive 57-28 overall record while coaching at Beal City fills MMCC’s Athletic Director, Terri Szur, with confidence that House is the right person for the coaching position.

“Kaleb has a great perspective on what it takes to play NJCAA basketball, because he played at Kirtland for two years and has filled the same shoes that our student-athletes will fill,” Szur notes. “Kaleb also has a real passion for the game of basketball.  He is knowledgeable and his ability to game prep is well-known in the area. ”

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Though 2012 only marks the third year for MMCC men’s basketball, the program has already forged an impressive reputation. The Lakers finished their 2011-12 season with a strong winning record of 18-8.

“One of my dreams has been to coach men’s college basketball, and I’m elated that Mid is giving me the chance to take that step,” says House. “I will miss coaching my guys at Beal City, but when the doors open to pursue your dreams, you need to be willing to walk through them and grab that opportunity.”

MMCC’s basketball teams practice and play their home games at Morey Courts in Mt. Pleasant. The men’s 2012-13 season will include a full schedule of games against other NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) teams as well as Division III JV teams.

MMCC currently has five athletics teams: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, and hockey. The athletic programs are supported by a small student activity fee and funds raised by the student-athletes. For more information about MMCC Athletics, visit midmich.edu/athletics or contact Terri Szur at tszur@midmich.edu.

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