Kenneth C. Schuler

GOCC launches Athletic Hall of Fame event on Jan. 31 — the legendary Ken Schuler is first inductee

Kenneth C. Schuler, former head basketball coach at Glen Oaks
Community College, will be honored on Saturday, Jan. 31, in a ceremony between
the Viking Men’s and Women’s basketball games versus Kalamazoo Valley
Community College.

Schuller passed away in June of 2014, and the Athletic Department is proud to
induct him into the inaugural Glen Oaks Athletic Hall of Fame. The college will raise
a special banner and present an award in his honor. Schuler’s wife, Vi, will accept
the award on his behalf. The event is being held as one of many events as part of
the 50th anniversary celebration of the college.

The ceremony honoring Schuler is scheduled to be held between 2:30 and 3 p.m. in the Glen Oaks
gymnasium. The new Athletic Hall of Fame will be located in the entrance to the gymnasium.

All former Viking coaches and athletes are invited to this event to be recognized and will be admitted to the
game for free. A special reception will be held on the Glen Oaks concourse for the former Vikings following the
Men’s game.

“The college is attempting to contact as many former administrators, faculty, staff, players and coaches as
possible to invite to this exciting event,” said Steve Proefrock, athletic director and head basketball coach. “
“We want to honor Coach Schuler for his dedicated years of service to Glen Oaks and the positive influence he
had on so many young people,” said Proefrock. “ Many of his players went on to lead very successful lives and
that is a testament to his success. His former players say he taught them discipline, work ethics and
responsibility,” Proefrock added.

Glen Oaks Community College expects to announce a scholarship for basketball players in his name at the
ceremony.

Coach Schuler and Viking basketball
Schuler coached the Vikings to several Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA)
Championships and was honored in 1996 with induction into the Hall of Fame of the Basketball Coaches
Association of Michigan for 519 victories in 30 years (408 at Glen Oaks). Schuler also received the Real Sports
Award for 1995-1996 from the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region XII.

In the early years of Glen Oaks Community College, Schuler has said his teams won invitational tournament
titles playing on Constantine High School’s basketball court, as well as other venues. In the 1972-1973 season,
the Vikings captured the league title after posting a 26-4 season (13-1 in league play). In 1978-1979, the
Vikings were 25-5 on the season (12-2 in league play) and were co-champions with Jackson Community
College.

Schuler coached for seven years at the high school level before his 24 years at Glen Oaks. He returned to lead
the Glen Oaks team in 1995 as an interim coach for the Vikings.

Schuler once recalled, “As I look back, at a time when I was young and full of vigor, I am proud of the many
student athletes I coached. Some players, like Jerry Edwards, went on to play as a professional or at four-year
colleges and universities. Most of them have done very well in their lives and are lawyers, doctors, teachers,
businessmen and even coaches. Many of them remain in this area. In those earlier Glen Oaks days, we played
well against the junior varsity teams of many big universities like Notre Dame and Michigan State University.

Some of those players we competed against continued to turn in great performances for their universities.”
The first 1967-1968 Viking team was honored at Glen Oaks on February 2, 2008 for its “Cinderella” play that
recorded a 13-8 opening season, including a 6-1 run on local high school courts where home games were then
played. That team included Larry Engle, Jim Ruden, Bill Younts, Jeff Bell, Gary Hunter, Brian Fiebelkorn, Phil
Avery, Dean Whittington, Randy Strawser, Mike Miller, Steve Foley, Jim Bishop, manager Chuck Rodenbaugh
and Coach Schuler.

The years 1968 through 1970—were formative years for the young Glen Oaks Vikings as they ended play in
area high school gyms and took to their brand new hardwood at the Centreville campus.

Schuler’s 1968-1969 basketball team went 23-7 overall and 10-6 in conference play. The team included co-
captains Phil Avery and Gary Hunter, C. B. Gordon, Clarence Johnson, Steve Keller, Tom Chartrand, Byron
Hooley, Jim Bishop, Bob Key, Rich Meyers, Paul Sheets, Brian Fiebelkorn, Denny Blodget, Bill Younts and Steve
Foley. That year the Vikings played home games on high school courts at Centreville, White Pigeon, Sturgis
and Three Rivers before playing the last game of the season in their new gym at Glen Oaks Community
College. The Vikings opened in their new gymnasium in 1970 with a team consisting of Rex Mayer, Rommie
Scott, John Wheelock, Floyd Foston, Jerry Goodpaster, Bruce Murphy, Byron Hooley, Tim Blanchard, C.B.
Gordon, Scott Hoffer, Jack Carmichael, Jerry Moore, Dale Sult, and Joe Gordon.

“These players and those in coming years set high standards for all Glen Oaks student-athletes,” said
Proefrock. For more information about the January 31 ceremony, contact Steve Proefrock at (269) 294-4215

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