When the Glen Oaks Viking Men’s basketball team takes the court this Saturday in its home opener, the team will play on the newly refurbished – “Ken Schuler Court.”
The hardwood gym floor was restored over the past summer to a shiny, smooth and colorful gloss thanks to a donation in the name of a Glen Oaks Community College icon. The dedication of the new court will be held this Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the Glen Oaks Community College gymnasium. The Lady Vikings play at 1 p.m. with the Men’s team following at 3 p.m.
Vi Schuler, of Sturgis, graciously funded the refurbishing of the floor where her late husband, Ken Schuler, spent years as head basketball coach, guiding the Viking Men’s teams through many outstanding seasons. The extended Schuler family will be on hand for this special event.
“On behalf of the GOCC Foundation, we were very pleased to work with Vi Schuler in supporting her family request to update the basketball court in Ken’s honor,” said Mike Doe, GOCC Foundation president. “This beautiful updated court will be enjoyed by many people for decades attending a variety of events at Glen Oaks Community College. A sincere thanks to Vi and the Schuler family.”
“Workers were able to sand down the original gym floor and repair a few boards before completing the refinishing project,” said Courtney Ivan, GOCC athletic director. “New painted designs were applied, including a colorful new Viking logo at center court. Sealing coats were then applied to create a high-sheen, resilient finish.”
In addition to the new appearance of the floor, the former gymnasium has a name – the “Ken Schuler Court.”
“This is a special tribute to a Viking legend,” said Ivan. “In addition, it’s a new and modern look that also serves as a great recruitment tool.”
Kenneth Schuler coached for 30 years including 24 years as mentor of Viking basketball. While at Glen Oaks, he developed the physical education program, was a professor and athletic director. In 1996, he was inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame and was credited with inspiring countless players to develop character and academic achievement.
Coach Schuler passed away in 2014 at the age of 76. “Ken would be so humbled to see his name embedded on the court,” reflected his widow, Vi Schuler. “The family is grateful to the Glen Oaks Foundation for bestowing this honor on our husband, father and grandfather. Pleasantly, we believe this to be one important ‘footprint’ of his life here on earth.”