Coach plays key role in women's hoop team

02/04/2010 14:10

Assistant coach is a vital part of the Titan women's lineup

Mike Partee

Issue date: 2/4/10 Section: Sports
 
Assistant coach Kevin Grumbley sits amid 11 years of worth awards and game balls earned by the women Titans as a result of his excellent coaching style, which perfectly complements that of head coach Greg Sheley.
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Assistant coach Kevin Grumbley sits amid 11 years of worth awards and game balls earned by the women Titans as a result of his excellent coaching style, which perfectly complements that of head coach Greg Sheley.
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LCC has been graced with a dynamic duo of women's basketball for the past 11 years. In this case, the man acting as Robin to head coach Greg Sheley's Batman is the assistant coach of women's basketball Kevin Grumbley.

Grumbley joined the coaching staff shortly after Sheley was hired. It has been a match made in Gotham heaven that has produced eight seasons ending in the Northwestern Athletic Association of Community Colleges Championships and three of the last four seasons ending as NWAACC champions.

"I was taking some classes out here at Lane and the job opened up," Grumbley said. "I applied for it and I was lucky enough to get the job."

His history as a coach tells a different story than luck. As a head coach for the North Douglas High School junior varsity girls' team from 1996-98, his teams compiled an impressive combined mark of 30 wins and nine losses. Each North Douglas team finished second in its league standings.

Part of Grumbley's job is to recruit new women to the team and handle the day-to-day business that is a necessary part of the job. "It used to be easy to handle all the details." Grumbley said. "Every year the workload increases and I get less time for anything else."

In fact, the workload has increased to the point where Grumbley and Sheley are going to start looking for an alumnus to share in coaching duties. "We are hoping to attract one of the past players to come and join us on the coaching staff," Grumbley said.

"Kevin's great to have on the team," Sheley said. "When he tells the ladies to do something, it's as if someone is speaking my thoughts for me."

Normally, assistant coaches don't stay around long. Most assistants want to be head coaches and move on fairly quickly. Grumbley is the exception to the rule "I am happy where I am at," Grumbley said. "I don't want the stress and the responsibilities that head coaches have to deal with."

Looking toward the future isn't all that hard for the women's assistant coach. "I am going to do my best to keep the ladies winning," Grumbley said.