February 16, 2017

​​Three Rivers News

CENTREVILLE — Glen Oaks Community College held its annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Saturday.

Erin Strang, Larry Engle and Mike Miller were inducted for 2017.

Engle, a member of the first men’s basketball team and first graduating class at Glen Oaks in 1969, graduated from Western Michigan University in 1971.

Engle has worked at the basketball scorer’s table at Glen Oaks for the past 32 years.

Engle taught and coached baseball, basketball, golf and track at Colon for 37 years. He is a member of the Colon Athletic Hall of Fame and was named Michigan Coach of the Year in basketball in 1985 by the Associated Press.

“I came to Glen Oaks to play basketball, but after my two years here I knew I wanted to become a teacher and coach,” Engle said.

“Glen Oaks coach Ken Schuler made that possible for me. The game of basketball has changed tremendously. It’s a much faster game now.”

Strang, a native of Sturgis, played two years of volleyball at Glen Oaks and graduated with her Associates Degree in general studies in 2000.

She transferred to Lake Superior State University where she continued her volleyball career and received a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration.

Strang is president and CEO of the Central Michigan University Research Corportation, a business incubator and accelerator within the Mt. Pleasant SmartZone that provides guidance and support for businesses.
“It’s a great honor and it was an amazing place for me to start my college academic and athletic career,” Strang said.

“I was very pleasantly surprised to be selected to receive this honor. It’s nice to see Glen Oaks have volleyball back. It’s amazing that the college is recognizing the past athletes.”
Miller has worked the scorer’s table for basketball the past 22 years at Glen Oaks.

Before retirement, Miller worked 44 years for the Abbott Magic Company in Colon, a company which specializes in special effects and illusions for all types of shows across the nation.

Miller also coached seventh and eighth grade basketball in Colon. His hobbies include magic, collecting music CDs and Viking Basketball.

“My wife Marilyn Miller worked at Glen Oaks for 30 years. It’s fun to be recognized. I’ve been connected through the athletic department. Glen Oaks has connected with the various communities in this areas to be well-rounded,” Miller said.