Strefling to Lead Viking Volleyball, Hold Tryouts

Glen Oaks announces the hiring of new volleyball coach, Vince Strefling. Athletic Director Courtney Ivan had this to say about the hire. “I am elated to announce our newest addition to the Viking family, Vince Strefling. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the court as well as intensity. This is a great step for rebuilding this program!”

While Strefling is only beginning his first year at Glen Oaks he has been coaching for over 22 years. He has coached at several high schools during that time including Riley High School, Elkhart Central, Brandywine, Dowagiac, and Coloma. Coach Strefling also spent time on the college and club scene with Trine College, Krush Volleyball Club, and Midwest Juniors Volleyball to name a few.

During his coaching tenure he has earned 9 league, 6 district, and 4 regional titles. He also was a four-time ASICS National Championship Runner-Up, coached an AAU First Team All-American, Southwest Michigan player of the year, and numerous all conference, region, and state selections.

Strefling also played professional volleyball as a member of the European Open Theatre Volleyball league and the Midwest Professional Volleyball Association.

Vince currently works at Performance One Training Center in Niles, MI and holds multiple health and physical fitness certifications including CSAC (Certified Strength and Agility Coach). He resides in Buchanan, MI with his wife Sarah and two daughters, Franki and Emma; and son, Brett.

“I’m so excited to get the chance to start a program from the ground up! This is such a great opportunity for not just for myself but for the whole volleyball community.”- Vince Strefling

Strefling replaces previous hire Ben Crofchick who was hired in late November but resigned in February.

Glen Oaks will be holding an open try out for any women interested in competing for Glen Oaks for the 2016 season on Thursday, June 30 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Glen Oaks Community College gym. Questions about the program or tryout can be sent to Athletic Director Courtney Ivan at or 269-294-4213