CENTREVILLE – Glen Oaks Community College recognized past athletic standouts last Saturday, as Erin Strang, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Larry Engle and Mike Miller both of Colon, Michigan, were honored at the third annual Athletic Hall of Fame game.
“We have a great class of inductees in this year’s hall of fame,” said Courtney Ivan, GOCC’s athletic director. “Mike and Larry have been fixtures in this gym on game days for over 30 years. It is a testament of how much they value the college to come back year after year and serve this campus and community. They have had the pleasure of watching so many student athletes over the years and have seen their struggles and triumphs.
“Erin was a model student athlete,” said Ivan. “She excelled in the classroom and on the court so much that she was able to continue her athletic career at Lake Superior State University. We hope so much for our students to follow that path if that is their desire. Erin continues to excel in her professional career and it is amazing to know that Glen Oaks was the start of that foundation. Her story is one I like to tell athlete’s about when they come to visit campus.”
Strang, a Sturgis High School alumnus, played two years of volleyball at Glen Oaks where she received her Associate of General Studies degree in 2000. She transferred to Lake Superior State University where she continued to play volleyball and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Today, she is president and CEO of the Central Michigan University Research Corporation, a business incubator and accelerator within the Mount Pleasant SmartZone that provides guidance and support for businesses.
Engle has worked the basketball scorer’s table at Glen Oaks for the past 32 years. He was a member of the first men’s basketball team at Glen Oaks and was in the first graduating class of the college, receiving his Associate of Arts degree in 1969. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1971. Larry taught and coached at Colon High School for 37 years – coaching baseball, basketball, golf and track. He was selected five times as “Regional Coach of the Year” and was chosen by the Associated Press as Michigan Coach of the Year for Basketball in 1985. He was inducted into the Colon Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
Miller has worked the basketball scorer’s table at Glen Oaks for the past 22 years. Miller worked as general manager for 44 years at the Abbott Magic Company in Colon, a company which specializes in special effects and illusions for all types of shows across the nation. He also coached 7/8th grade basketball in Colon. His hobbies include magic, collecting music CD’s and Viking basketball.