Robbie Hattan of Colon Michigan is the new women’s basketball coach that will lead the Vikings in the 2021-22 campaign.
Prior to Glen Oaks, Hattan was the varsity girls basketball coach and varsity football coach at Colon High School. Hattan led the Ladi Magi to back to back district championships in 2020 and 2021. Also, in 2019 Hattan’s Magi Football team won the State Championship in Football.
In addition to high school basketball, Coach Hattan founded the Future Stars AAU program. In 2018, The Future stars won the AAU national championship in Orlando, Florida; Hattan was the coach of that team.
Coach Hattan loves to spend time with his family. His wife Lyndsey and 2 sons Isaac (5) and Dawson (1) are often seen at many of the sporting events. The Hattan family is also welcoming another addition to the family this December.
Coach Balcom is in her third season as the head coach of the women’s team. She has previously spent time coaching at her alma mater, Constantine High School, where she was a multi-sport standout. After high school she continued her basketball career at Glen Oaks then went on to play at Iowa Wesleyan University. After IWU, Coach Balcom continued on to St. Joseph Calumet to play women’s soccer while finishing her degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Physial Education.
Morgan currently works at Glen Oaks in the Fitness Center and substitutes for St. Joseph County Schools. She resides in Centreville, MI.
Peter Livingstone-McNelis (or Coach L-M, as he prefers) coached women’s track and field as a grad student at the University of California Berkely. He served as the head coach for Kalamazoo College for seven years. He has a bachelor’s in Psychology from Kalamazoo College, where he was an All-Conference and All-Region Cross Country performer. Coach L-M also holds a master’s in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in California where he specialized in sports psychology. He is focused on recruiting high-level student-athletes to Glen Oaks. Those interested in further information or running cross country next fall should contact Livingstone-McNelis at: email@example.com
In March of 2021, Michael Slancik assumed the role of the head softball coach at Glen Oaks Community College.
Coach Mike has over 15 years of competitive coaching experience in youth sports to include fast pitch softball and baseball. During this time Coach Mike has coached local/regional/national level summer fast pitch and baseball teams. In regards to fast pitch, Coach Mike has coached for the Portage Hurricanes, Indiana Magic Gold, and Michigan Bat Busters. In regards to baseball, Coach Mike was one of the founding members of the West Michigan Broncos Baseball Travel Team and has also coached for the Kalamazoo Maroons.
Coach Mike has vast knowledge in the recruitment of athletes from his personal experience with his children and his responsibilities while coaching for the national level summer fast pitch teams.
While coaching at Vicksburg High School (MI) for 4 years, Coach Mike has led the Vicksburg softball team to championships for the conference, district, regional, quarterfinals, semi-finals, and in 2016 was the Michigan State Championship Runner-up.
Coach Mike has had numerous past players continue their playing and educational careers at the JUCO, NAIA, D3, D2, and D1 levels.
Along with his coaching duties, Coach Mike is also a criminal justice adjunct at Glen Oaks Community College. After completing a 31-year career in criminal justice, Coach Mike’s goal is to continue with enhancing the Criminal Justice and Softball program for Glen Oaks Community College.
For any recruiting or questions about the program feel free to reach out to Coach Mike or call or text 269-743-9622.
Vince Strefling is entering his fourth year at Glen Oaks but 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 Midwest Performance Academy in Niles, MI and South Bend, IN. He also 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.
In Strefling’s last season he compiled a 21-11 record finishing in 4th place in the Western conference above Jackson College, Kalamazoo Valley and Kellogg Community College. He has coached multiple players garnering league and region honors.