Coaching Profiles

Coaching Profiles


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Ben Ritsema – Head Men’s Soccer Coach

Michigan Community College Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year 2013. Muskegon Chronicle Boys Soccer Coach of the Year during the 2004 & 2010 boys season at Reeths-Puffer High School. District Coach of the Year during the 2008 and 2010 girls soccer seasons at Reeths-Puffer High School. Muskegon Chronicle Girls Soccer Coach of the […]

Bill Bowen

Coach Bowen is entering his fourth season as the bowling coach at Muskegon Community College. Bill is a graduate of Oakridge High School (87), The Florida State University (1992), and Western Michigan University (2005). Coach Bowen was the first head coach for the bowling program at Fruitport High School when they adopted bowling as a […]

Brent Kowalski – Head Men’s Soccer Coach

Coached Grand Rapids FC women’s, which includes national team players Has the only year round training program which is soccer specific along the Lakeshore Is a huge Chelsea fan. Go Blues! Currently have three players in Division 1 soccer working their way to the MLS draft. He and his wife, Brontè, have a son, Weston.

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Claudia Melton

MCC XC Alumni Ran Cross Country for six years Took four years of German in high school and spent three weeks in Germany I’ve been running since Girls on the Run in elementary school

Colleen Morse

Excelled in basketball and track for Oakridge High School Competed on recreation state championship women’s and co-ed softball teams Has worked at MCC for 36 years Longtime volunteer at Jayhawk sporting events Current secretary for the Athletic Office She and her husband, Rick, have one son, Ryan Schalk Ryan is a former MCC head softball […]

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Greg Guzman – Head Baseball Coach

Oakridge High School – Assistant Baseball Coach 1991 Orchard View High School – Assistant Girls Basketball Coach 2002 Ravenna High School – Head J.V. Girls Basketball Coach 2003 Western Michigan Christian – Head J.V. Girls Basketball Coach 2004-05 Reeths-Puffer High School – Assistant Baseball Coach 2014 Assisted in more than 275 wins as an MCC […]

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James Tietema – Head Wrestling Coach

HS school team – Springstead HS – won back to back state titles Was a High Schol State Champ, a National Runner-up at Muskegon Community College, and a NCAA II All-American at Findlay University Wrestled for Coach Gaffner at Muskegon Community College in 1999 and finished 2nd at the NJCAA National Tournament. He had a […]

Jeff Lohman – Head Coach Women’s Soccer

Vision for the MCC women’s program is to develop strong, independent young women to have a mindset to succeed in life, in the classroom and on the soccer field MIHSSCA 2012 Division III Public School Coach of the Year Four-time Muskegon Chronicle Coach of the Year Coached Oakridge to one regional championship, six district titles […]

Jimmy Booth – Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Assistant Athletic Director at Muskegon Community College Adjunct instructor in the MCC HPER Department Three-year high school varsity player under former MCC Head Coach Dave Schlump First team All-Conference and All-Area honors during his junior and senior years Key contributor in helping team finish a perfect 20-0 in the regular season and win its first […]

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Kevin Dalson – Head Softball Coach

4 year starting shortstop at Michigan State Universty Named to the 1988 All Big Ten Championship team Completed his career at Michigan State as the career leader in hits, doubles, runs, and stolen bases Named the 1989 “Gold Spikes” award winner at Michigan State Drafted in the 1989 professional baseball draft by the Chicago Cubs […]

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Lindsey Balcom

Lindsey will begin her fourth season as the First Assistant on the Jayhawks staff after serving as a positional coach in 2012. Lindsey returned to Muskegon Community College after having been a player on the 2002 and 2003 Jayhawk teams. The 2002 team was the most successful team in Jayhawks history with a 39-5 record […]

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Marty McDermott

McDermott is married to the former Rachel Hanna of Pickford, Michigan. They have a daughter, Mia, and a son Evan and reside in Spring Lake.

Mike Smith – Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach

Competed in track and cross country at LSU. Won the SEC championship in the indoor three-mile run. Three-time NJCAA All-American while competing in track and cross country at Southwestern Michigan CC Qualified for the 1992 Olympic Trials (Marathon) USA Track and Field Certified Official MHSAA Certified Official Goal for Jayhawk CC is to continue developing […]

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Ron Gaffner

MCCAA Coach of the Year six times NJCAA Region XII Coach of the Year 13 times NJCAA Coach of the Year Served as National Junior College Coaches Association secretary/treasurer, vice president, and president NJCAA Man of the Year in 1981 Member of the NCAA National Wrestling Hall of Fame, NJCAA Hall of Fame, Michigan Wrestling […]

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Shane Beach – Assistant Baseball Coach

All-State Infielder in High School Played at Grand Valley State University.  Two-time Captain and ALL-GLIAC Outfielder Played for USA Select team in Canada and 10 years of semi-pro ball across the US and Canada Owned several business in my career, including an indoor training facility Scout for Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report Coach Beach […]

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Thomas Jenkins

Thomas Jenkins is in his second year as a coach with the Muskegon Jayhawks. He wrestled for the Muskegon Community College Jayhawks in 1998-1999 under Coach Gaffner. He was a Freestyle/Greco-Roman National Team Qualifier and holds the career escape and reversal record at Wayland Union High School, where he was a two-time MVP and All-State […]

Tim MacKinnon – Assistant Baseball Coach/Pitching Coach

Wayne State University – Asst. Baseball Coach (Pitching Coach) 1979-1981 (G.L.I.A.C. Champions, 1979, 1980, 1981) Eastern Michigan University – Asst. Baseball Coach (Infield/Hitting Coach) 1981-1983 (M.A.C. Champions, 1982) Bowling Green State University – Asst. Baseball Coach (Pitching/Hitting Coach) 1983-1986 Boise Hawks, Boise, ID.- Professional Baseball Class A (Independent League)(Pitching Coach 1987-1988 Texas Rangers Professional Baseball […]