The end of the academic year has brought several coaching resignations at area high schools, plus one high profile addition at Muskegon Community College.
Muskegon Catholic Athletic Director and girls basketball Coach Erich Adams resigned Thursday morning.
Muskegon girls basketball Coach Taushauna Burrel resigned last week.
Meanwhile, longtime Oakridge girls soccer Coach Jeff Lohman has accepted the coaching position with the women’s soccer team at Muskegon Community College.
Adams cited his need to pay attention to a family-owned family business in Grand Rapids as his reason for resigning from Muskegon Catholic.
“It’s a bitter sweet thing, but my family comes first and I’m certainly thankful for the time I’ve had here,” said Adams, who coached girls basketball for five years at MCC, reached the regional finals twice and won a River Valley Conference title in 2013.
“I’m looking forward to working with my dad and brothers. I’ll be at a lot of Catholic sporting events and will continue to live in the Muskegon area.”
MCC named 2007 graduate Matt Callow as Adams’ replacement with the girls varsity team. Callow, who has been a teacher at MCC the past three years, was the head JV boys basketball coach last season and was a student assistant at Albion College for the basketball team during his time there.
Burrel stepped down as the Muskegon girls basketball coach due to the impending birth of her third child, according to a report from mlive.com. She coached the Big Reds for the past five seasons, taking them to the regional finals with an 18-7 record in 2013-14.
Lohman, the veteran girls soccer coach of the Oakridge girls soccer team, has agreed to take over the program at MCC.
He will replace Josh Watson, who resigned recently due to personal scheduling conflicts.
Lohman, 42, has been the girls soccer coach at Oakridge for the past 10 years. His teams have been remarkably successful, on and off the field.
Under Lohman the Eagles have won seven West Michigan Conference championship and six postseason district titles.
Six of his teams have also won Academic All-State honors.
Lohman said he will keep coaching the Oakridge girls, who play their schedule in the spring. The community college soccer season begins in late August.
Lohman said he was interested in the MCC job when the program began, but was working on a degree from Western Michigan University and wouldn’t have been able to do it.
But now he says he’s prepared and excited to take the Jayhawks program to the next level.
“The idea of having some of the best high school players coming out of Muskegon, and competing at another level, was exciting for me,” said Lohman, a veteran teacher in the Oakridge school district. “I’ve always wanted to coach or teach at the college level.”