Grand Haven to enshrine four legendary coaches

Josh VanDyke • Jan 10, 2019 at 12:30 AM

The Grand Haven basketball and swimming programs will immortalize four legendary coaches Friday with a special ceremony at the Grand Haven Fieldhouse during halftime of the boys varsity game that tips off at 6 p.m.

Former basketball coaches Al Schaffer, Craig Taylor and Bob Eidson, as well as former swim coach John Shears, will have permanently installed plaques unveiled at the entrance to the Fieldhouse and Aquatic Center to commemorate their accomplishments.

The four Buccaneer legends will be honored with a pre-game recognition, a formal halftime ceremony and a postgame reception to celebrate with Buccaneer fans, past players, professional colleagues, friends and families.

All four coaches have already been inducted into their respective sports' hall of fames in Michigan or honored in the past as coach of the year, while Shears and Schaffer are enshrined in the Michigan Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The school also confirmed that they will be introducing a newly redesigned Bucco mascot to students and fans at the game. Professional artist Paul Trap, a 1980 Grand Haven High School alumnus, created the redesign.

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