Cupp, Burger—Named 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Ceremony to take place Saturday in Glen Oaks gymnasium
Phyllis Cupp, former Glen Oaks professor and director of the Fitness and Wellness Center, and Amie Burger, former All-American basketball alumna, will be honored at the second annual Athletic Hall of Fame game on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the college. The ceremony will be held in the gymnasium at approximately 2:30 p.m. between the Viking Men’s and Women’s basketball games versus Lansing Community College.
Cupp retired in 2010 from Glen Oaks after 18 years of service. While there, she taught numerous physical education courses and developed the Fitness/Wellness Center into a strong physical conditioning center for the college and surrounding community. She introduced new activities including the annual Halloween Hustle, Turkey Trot and Santa Shuffle.
Cupp taught physical education and coached women’s sports at both Dowagiac Union High School and later Hillsdale College prior to coming to Glen Oaks.
Cupp earned a bachelor’s and master’s in physical education from Western Michigan University. She was a four-year member of the Western Michigan University Intercollegiate Women’s Basketball team and served as captain for two years. Cupp was also a member of the WMU field hockey, volleyball and softball Intercollegiate Teams and was later inducted into the WMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.
During the 1972-73 season, Cupp was a member of the US Women’s Basketball team and a silver medalist at the World University Games in Moscow in 1973.
An all-around athlete, in 1973 Cupp played on the US Women’s Volleyball Training Squad and in 1975 she made it to the final selection for the Pan American and Olympic team on the US Women’s Basketball team.
In 1975, Cupp was voted an Outstanding College Athlete of America and was named “Coach of the Year” by the NAIA District 23 for volleyball in 1981 and 1982; and named “Coach of the Year” for basketball in 1986-1987.
Through the years, Cupp not only coordinated and directed athletics and sports programs for the college, but she assumed leadership roles in many college athletic associations, women’s basketball and volleyball associations and health and physical fitness organizations.
Amie Burger played on the Glen Oaks women’s basketball team in the mid-‘90s and is currently the varsity women’s basketball coach at Sturgis High School.
Burger was born and raised in LaGrange, Indiana and is a 1995 graduate of Lakeland High School. She was a member of the varsity softball team for one year, the varsity track team for three years, the varsity cross country team for four years, and the varsity basketball team for four years earning a total of 12 varsity letters.
Burger played on the 1996-97 GOCC women’s basketball team that placed fifth in the nation. The team was coached by Shane Clipfell, currently Western Michigan University’s head women’s basketball coach. Burger was named a NJCAA All-American. She earned an Associate in Business at Glen Oaks in 1997.
After transferring to Indiana University South Bend, Burger continued to play basketball. She graduated from IUSB in 2000 with a double major in business management and personnel relations.
Burger credits two mentors with influencing her in life – Sherry Severson and Shane Clipfell. Severson was her high school teacher and basketball coach who encouraged her to coach freshmen basketball at Lakeland — her first coaching experience. She later became Severson’s assistant at the varsity level where she learned a lot about the coaching side of the game. “Making the transition from high school to college basketball was tough,” said Burger, “and at Glen Oaks, Shane Clipfell helped me make that transition. I played two years for Shane where I broadened my knowledge and skills in the game, and that’s reflected in my coaching style today.”
Since graduation, Burger worked at Crystal Valley Homes for seven years installing ceramic tile; at Forest River for nine years cleaning on the production line for three years and then being promoted to a purchasing assistant. Burger is currently employed at Iceberg Enterprises as a materials management team assistant.
“After coaching at Lakeland for six years (volunteering for three years), freshman coach for one year and as a varsity assistant for two years, I was fortunate to get an opportunity to be the Ladies head varsity basketball coach at Sturgis High School, where I’ve been for the past three years,” said Burger. “In that time, we have won a district championship and this year finished first in the conference for the Wolverine South Division so far.”
Burger is a member of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. Her hobbies include playing slow-pitched softball, working out and spending time with family and friends when not preparing for next year’s season.
Glen Oaks Community College is a quality provider of education programs serving the needs of residents and businesses of St. Joseph County and beyond. The College, established in 1965, sits on 300 acres of land in rural Centreville, Mich. GOCC offers 18 associate degree programs and 19 certificate programs. The student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1 affords students personal attention and provides opportunities to accomplish their goals and grow and succeed in a supportive, ethical and academic environment.