Western Michigan Christian’s new varsity girls basketball coach is no stranger to the program.
Glenn Karsten of Grand Haven has been selected as the program’s new head coach.
Karsten takes over from Mike Henry who resigned for personal reasons after last season that saw WMC repeat as River Valley Conference champions and win a district tournament title.
Karsten, who assisted Henry the last two seasons, and his wife, Cindy, are parents of three children who all attended WMC and each played basketball for four years.
Son, Wes, a 2006 WMC graduate, is a Wheaton College graduate working in the investment field in the Chicago area. Daughter Laura, who graduated from WMC in 2008, recently graduated from Wheaton, where she played both basketball and soccer.
Daughter Rachel will be a sophomore at Wheaton in the fall. She played soccer last year as a freshman.
“The three main passions in my life are my faith in Jesus Christ, my family, and athletics,” Karsten said. “Coaching at WMC provides a coach the privilege and responsibility not only to train up athletes in a sport they love, but also, and more importantly, to have them grow in their relationship with Christ through the challenges and opportunities they face in their sport. I look forward to trying to meet that goal as the varsity girls basketball coach.”
Karsten assisted with the WMC freshmen boys basketball team during the 2002-03 season and was named head freshmen coach the next year. He has been involved with the girls program for most of the last eight years. Before being named varsity assistant coach two years ago, he coached several AAU teams and summer ABYT teams.
The new varsity girls coach said he learned a lot through the years at WMC from former varsity girls basketball coaches Ron Jenkins, Brenda Dickman and the last two years from Henry.
He also benefited from watching Jim Goorman, who coached boys basketball for 44 years at WMC.
Karsten serves on the West Michigan Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has run the FCA program at WMC for the last four years.
He has also taken three basketball mission trips to the Philippines, playing games and using the platform of basketball to share and reach others for Christ.
WMC Athletic Director John Swinburne said it’s exciting to find someone so well connected with the WMC basketball program as Karsten is, and more importantly than that, such a great Christian role model.
Karsten gets off and running today as the Lady Warriors basketball camp opens.