Volleyball is returning to Glen Oaks in the fall; Crofchick is selected as head coach

Tryouts to begin Saturday, Feb. 6

Glen Oaks Community College is adding women’s volleyball to its list of competitive sports where the team will compete as part of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.

The first session of open volleyball tryouts will be held in the Glen Oaks Gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Ben Crofchick, of Quincy, Michigan, was recently selected as the volleyball coach and has been actively recruiting students for the program. He will conduct tryouts and will be available to answer any questions about the volleyball program.

“I’m very excited to bring volleyball back to Glen Oaks,” said Courtney Ivan, athletic director at the college. “Volleyball has grown rapidly in our area with club teams and high schools both showing great success. We want to give the chance for all of our local talent to perform close to home and to make Glen Oaks a more competitive option than some of our neighboring community colleges.”

Crofchick, who has a chiropractic practice in Quincy, Michigan, played varsity volleyball during his high school years in Pennsylvania and continued on with the sport during his service in the U.S. Navy. He has coached volleyball for the last 25 years, both at the varsity and club levels in Florida and Michigan. In addition, he has run a number of volleyball camps and clinics.

Crofchick is a 1998 graduate from Life University in Marietta, Georgia, who has had his own practice for seven years in Colon, Michigan before opening up this practice in Quincy.

Anyone having questions about the volleyball program, please contact Coach Crofchick at bcrofchick@glenoaks.edu, or Courtney Ivan, athletic director at (269) 294-4213 or civan@glenoaks.edu.

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.