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Ten new members to be inducted to CSHS school hall of fame

The Cedar Springs High School (CSHS) Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is excited to announce seven individuals, two teams, and one coach who have been voted into the CSHS Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

These members will be inducted to the CSHS Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, February 18, at a private

celebration at the Cedar Springs High School. They will also be honored between basketball

games at Cedar Springs High School on Friday, February 18, 2022.

The 2022 CHSC Athletic Hall of Fame Individual inductees are:

Justin Balczak ‘11 State champion hurdler, Track and Field

Jolene Bickle ‘95 School Record in Long Jump, 3-time conference champ, 3-time All-Conference OK Gold

Division Track and Field

Heather Howard ‘12 3-Time All-American Competitive Cheer

Andre Metzger ‘78 4-Time All-American, Wrestling

Landon Peacock ‘06 Big Ten Champ, State Champ, Cross Country All American, Mr. Cross Country, Cross


Ross Powell ‘86 All-State Pitcher, Baseball

The 2022 CHSC Athletic Hall of Fame Coach inductees are:

Jim Gallery ‘74-’79, ‘83-’89, and ‘00-02’ Cedar Springs High School Football Coach

Ted Sabinas 32 years of coaching, 28 as Head Boys Cross Country/Asst. Track Coach, 7x state

championships in XC and Track Distance, 4 MHSAA Regional Team Championships, 5x Team Conference

Championships, 2x XC National Championship Qualifiers, Teacher in the district.

The 2022 CHSC Athletic Hall of Fame Team inductees are:

1976-1977 Boys Basketball Team, Holds the record for most wins in a season (23).

1993-1995 Wrestling State Championship Team

Matthew Moffett, Cedar Springs High School Athletic Director is excited to be part of the start of the

CSHS Hall of Fame. “We are extremely excited to honor this first-class into the Cedar Springs Hall of Fame and this will be a great tradition to continue every year. There have been so many students, faculty members, coaches, and community members that have helped create this Hall of Fame and I have enjoyed working with them to create this for our community.”

The committee is looking forward to honoring our inductees and starting a new tradition here in Cedar Springs, Michigan.

The CSHS Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 2019 by the Athletic Leadership Council to honor former

athletes, coaches, administrators, volunteers, and supporters for outstanding achievement. This is the

first group inducted into the Cedar Springs High School Athletic Hall of Fame due to COVID-19 delaying

the opportunity since 2019.

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Local man to be inducted into NCCAA Hall of Fame

Gary Bailey, the Grace Christian University’s men’s basketball Head Coach and Athletic Director, has been announced as an inductee to the 2021 class of the National Christian College Athletic Association Hall of Fame. 

Bailey, a long-time Cedar Springs resident, was inducted into Grace’s Hall of Fame in 2013 for his winning record, and now will be honored on the national level.

Beyond his coaching accolades, which include 335 wins (most all-time at Grace) and 6 National Championships, the recognition is also a reflection of Bailey’s impact within the NCCAA in mentoring other schools and serving in volunteer leadership positions within the organization for the past two decades. Bailey joins Dr. Rick Wright from Manhattan Christian College (KS) in the class of 2021, as they enter a Hall of Fame that currently consists of 61 other members for an NCCAA organization that has had a rich history since its inception in 1968. 

“Gary Bailey has been a great influence on coaches, staff, and so many students who participated in athletics in any way here at Grace Christian University,” said Grace President Dr. Ken Kemper. “He’s led a coaching staff in basketball and other sports to prioritize godly character building in the lives of those at Grace which will transcend their playing days and make better men, women, spouses, parents, Christ-followers, and citizens. This is a well-deserved recognition by a National organization which is committed to athletics for the glory of God and serving others. We could not be more proud of Gary and congratulate him and his always faithful wife Danette.” 

When Bailey started with Grace, it was just supposed to be temporary.

“When I started coaching, it was really just filling in until they did a coaching search at Grace Christian University. Somehow it turned into a career,” Bailey told the Post in a written statement. “My goals were always to help my student athletes to learn about life more than basketball. Getting an honor like this was never even a thought. Grace Christian University has been so wonderful to me and my family. The honor of the Hall of Fame only has my name on it but it is truly all of my assistant coaches, the players that have played for me and the entire GCU family.  I am pretty humbled by all of this.”

The official induction ceremony will take place at the Hall of Fame Dinner on June 3, 2021 during the annual NCCAA Convention in Virginia Beach, VA. 

See the original press release and find more info on Gary Bailey’s accomplishments at gracetigers.com.

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Dan George inducted into GBC athletic hall of fame

Dan George was inducted into the Grace Bible College athletic hall of fame last weekend. Courtesy photo.

Dan George was inducted into the Grace Bible College athletic hall of fame last weekend. Courtesy photo.

Grace Bible College announces the selection of Dan George, Associate Head Coach for Men’s Basketball, to the Grace Bible College Athletic Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies took place on Saturday, October 18, in the Aldrich Center on campus.

“I am humbled and extremely appreciative of this honor,” said Coach George.

George, a Cedar Springs resident, begins his 10th season with the Tigers in 2014-15. Coach George has a unique connection to the program as he was head coach at Jordan College, and recruited, signed, and coached the Tigers’ Head Coach Gary Bailey in 1978-82. The two have remained friends over the years and Bailey knew who to turn to for assistance, when he took over the helm of the Tigers in 2005. In the nine years the two have been together at Grace, the Tigers have won seven regional championships and five national championships.

“When Gary took the head coaching position at Grace in 2005, I was flattered that he asked me to come help him,” said Coach George. “I said, ‘OK, I’ll do it for a year.’ And then we won a regional and national championship that first year, and I was hooked on working with this team and being a part of the Grace atmosphere. I told Coach Bailey I would stay as long as he wanted me.”

Coach George has served in several capacities over the last nine years. He assisted Coach Bailey with game management and he has always had a passion for teaching and developing defensive skills. He has also teamed with supporting Coach Kent Karnemaat in the team’s “Champions to the Core” initiative. He will continue to assist in all those areas but his focus this year is to pursue a long time passion and team need to develop and implement a new program for game preparation and analysis.

“Dan brings strong leadership skills and great basketball knowledge to our program,” said Coach Bailey, “but it is his passion for assisting young men in the development of character and life skills that we value most.”

Dan played high school ball at Walton Central School (class of 1970) in Walton, New York and college basketball at Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York. He served as athletic director and head basketball coach at Jordan College where his teams were nationally ranked. An avid sportsman and conservationist, Dan enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping and he owns an outdoor adventure consulting/booking business, Quest Expeditions, offering worldwide hunting and fishing adventures. Dan received a B.A. in History from Hartwick College in 1974 and a M.A. in Education from Michigan State University in 1980. He currently serves as the Superintendent/School Leader at Creative Technologies Academy in Cedar Springs, where he lives with his wife, Debi, and son, Hunter, a senior at Creative Technologies Academy. Daughter Dani, is in her freshman year at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Hawkeye Hall of Fame


Andy Secor, Cedar View Principal


Students at Cedar View Elementary continue a daily focus on using their “Habits of Mind.” In an effort to foster a culture of students displaying model behaviors, teachers came together forming a ‘Positive Behavior Committee.’  The committee works together to plan monthly

Twice a month, each teacher chooses one student to be inducted into the “Hawkeye Hall of Fame.”  Students have their name called over the announcements, choose a reward from Mr. Secor, display their picture on the hall of fame wall, and they put their autograph next to their picture.  Students beam as they receive the praise they truly deserve.  As students return to their classrooms, the entire student body lines the halls to cheer and high-five honored students as music plays over the intercom.  It is exciting to see students take pride in accomplishments as they reach personal goals focused on habits of mind growth!

This year, Cedar View has targeted the following habits of mind:

1) Persistence

2) Restraining impulsivity

3) Thinking about thinking

4) Thinking interdependently

5) Listening with understanding and empathy

*Look for pictures and autographs of the first Hawkeye Hall of Fame inductees from Friday, September 26th when you visit!


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Gary Bailey inducted into Grace Bible Athletic Hall of Fame


Cedar Springs resident and Grace Bible College Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Gary Bailey, was inducted into the Grace Bible College Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies on October 12, at the Aldrich Center on the GBC campus. Also inducted was Jodi Kline, women’s basketball standout at Grace from 2004-2008.

Bailey was named the Tigers head coach in 2005 and came to Grace with a strong winning tradition. As a player at Wheelersburg High School in southern Ohio, he helped the Pirates to a 64-4 record over four years. Upon graduation, he played at Jordan College, in Cedar Springs, where he helped the Suns to winning records from 1978-1982. Associate Head Coach at Grace, Dan George, the head coach at Jordan College in those years, recruited and signed Bailey as a scholarship athlete at Jordan. The two have remained friends since and Coach George was the master of ceremonies for Bailey’s induction Saturday night.

Gary Bailey coaching during a game.

Gary Bailey coaching during a game.

George joked with the gathering, “This is not the guy I recruited in 1978. To be sure, some things are still the same. He still likes his Ohio State Buckeyes and he can still hit the 22-foot bank shot from the wing. But his knees don’t work nearly as well. His hair is gray and there is a lot less of it. And he’s a lot smarter now than he was in 1978. And the guy I recruited looked a lot more like Donny Osmond.”

Bailey also coached at Pineview Boys Home in Evart, Michigan for eight years, compiling a 153-31 record before coaching at Grace.

In 8 seasons coaching at Grace, Bailey’s accomplishments are nothing short of remarkable.

All-time leader in wins at Grace with 190

Coached GBC to six Regional Titles

Coached GBC to five National Championships, including four consecutively

Most National Championships of any men’s coach in NCCAA History

Teams have averaged over 23 wins a year

Over the last eight seasons, the Tiger’s have a 126-20 record against NCCAA teams nationally and an NCCAA Regional record of 77-8.

NCCAA Midwest Region Coach of the year 4 times (2008, 2009, 2010, & 2011)

NCCAA National Coach of the Year 2 times (2009 & 2011)

The Christian College Sports Network Coach of the Year 2011

The Glen VanWieren (Hope College) Champions of Character Coach of the Year in 2012

The Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan College Coach of the Year in 2011

During the run of four consecutive national championships, from 2009-2012, Coach Bailey’s Grace teams established a record 69 consecutive NCCAA wins, a record that may never be broken.

Coached 13 players named Academic All American.

Coached 25 NCCAA All Region selections & 12 NCCAA All Americans

Coached 9 players named to the NCCAA National All-tournament Team and 5 players selected as the tournament MVP

Coached 2 players named the Pete Maravich Award winner as the top player in the NCCAA (Allen Durham & Cory Jamieson)

It should be noted that Bailey and his teams accomplished all of the above while playing the toughest competition that he could schedule including NCAA DI, DII, and DII and NAIA programs.

Perhaps one of the best measures of a man is what his competitors and members of the coaching profession say about him.

“He certainly has had a big impact on Grace Bible College itself but I’d go even bigger in that, because of his integrity and influence, Grace has had an impact on the bigger community. Because Grace Men’s Basketball has been able to compete with (and beat) colleges in West Michigan I think Grace Bible College as a whole is now seen as an institution of higher learning on a par with so many more schools.” –Kevin Vandestreek, Head Basketball Coach, Calvin College

“Coach Bailey has always impressed me as a man of character, honor and integrity. He understands how to win with dignity and is willing to share this knowledge with his players…I have learned a ton from Coach Bailey and am glad to join in his tribute as he is inducted into the Grace Bible College Athletics Hall of Fame.” –Matt Neil, Head Basketball Coach, Hope College

“Gary is one of the best coaches in the state of Michigan, all divisions included.  What he has done in such a short time at Grace Bible is remarkable. I appreciate the fact that he is willing to schedule anyone. Gary has instilled in his teams confidence and a ‘fear nobody’ mindset. Coach Bailey is one of the classiest coaches that I know. He does things the right way, without compromising any of his standards.  His teams are always well-coached and well-prepared.” –Coach Kim Elders, Head Basketball Coach, Cornerstone University

“I have never had a more amiable relationship with a coach who won every game our teams competed in. Gary has been a friend, a confidant, and has provided a model for building a program that balances athletic excellence with Christian virtue. He demonstrates admiration and respect for his opponents and their efforts. He excels in all areas of the game as a coach, but more importantly seeks to instill godly character into his student athletes. If I had to pick a coach for my son, Gary would be at the top of my list. Congratulations to Grace for inducting a true winner into your Hall of Fame!” –Neil Ring, Head Basketball Coach, Bob Jones University (formerly head coach at Maranatha Baptist Bible College)

“This is a great honor for one of the best coaches in NCCAA history. What I appreciate most about our many battles of competition is the genuine friendship that we have developed over the years.  You have challenged me directly and indirectly how to be a winner beyond the game of basketball, and for that, I am forever grateful for our friendship.  Continue to be a reflector for Christ!  Congratulations, my friend! Well deserved!” –Jon Mack, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Valley Forge Christian College

Behind every successful man is a patient and good woman. Gary has been married to his wife, Danette, for 32 years. He has two children, Kirby 30, an All American basketball player at Grace and a member of the Hall of Fame, and a daughter Kylie and son in law Kyle. He has two grandchildren, Christian and Kennedy Grace (appropriately named).



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