Local Sports Journal

Western Michigan Christian has named a familiar face as its next girls varsity basketball coach.

Glenn Karsten, who lives in Grand Haven, takes over for Mike Henry, who resigned following this past season for personal reasons.


Glenn Karsten

Karsten assisted Henry the last two seasons.

“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 freshman coach the next year. He has been involved with the girls program for most of the last 8 years. Before being named varsity assistant coach two years ago, he coached several AAU teams and summer American Youth Basketball Tour 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 said he learned a lot from 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 the last 4 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.