By Shae Brophy
Meet cornerback Joel Paasch. A 2010 Tri County High School graduate who is originally from “small town” Howard City, MI, Paasch moved around a lot as a kid, but somehow made his way back north. One of the rookies on the team, Joel has always enjoyed playing sports. He played as many sports as possible during school, eventually getting into MMA for about two years, before being able to step back on the field wearing a Hawks jersey.
“Football is where my heart is,” were Joel’s exact words.
His number one idol in life has always been his father. Joel, who is also one of the captains on the team, credits his Dad for the way he helped raise him as a kid, pushing him to be the best he could be and reaching his full potential, and teaching Joel the right morals to become the man he is today.
Outside of football and work, Joel enjoys spending time with his daughter, going to the gym, and spending time with friends and family with a grill.
When asked what his desire to join the Hawks was based on, Joel’s response was simple: “For love of the game.”
Coach David Lange has nothing but good things to say about what Joel brings to this team. “Joel is fun to watch because he is a heavy hitter, and he is always ready to work,” he explained. “Regardless of whether its practice, a game, or a community event, his work ethic is second to none.”
Paasch and the West Michigan Hawks will be in action this Saturday, as they travel to Battle Creek to take on the #3 ranked Battle Creek Coyotes. Fans are invited to make the trip with the team, as they take on their biggest challenge to date. The game will be played at Battle Creek Central High School, located at 100 West VanBuren Street, Battle Creek, MI 49017. We hope to see you come out and support your team!
Shae Brophy is the Media/Public Relations Director for the West Michigan Hawks.