“My family and I are excited to be a part of the WMC community,” said Gruppen in a WMC release. “I look forward to building a strong program and helping our team achieve excellence on and off the court.”
Gruppen graduated from Trinity College in 2009 where he was a two-time NCCAA All-American basketball player. He scored 1,735 points in his four years playing for the Trolls.
WMC ends a rocky search for a boy’s coach. It had named Jeff Bauer as head coach, but Bauer rescinded just a week after signing his contract with WMC to take the head coaching job for Holland West Ottawa’s girls basketball team.
The Warriors have had one of the area’s most successful boys basketball programs with state championships in 1958, 62, 65, 70, 92, 99, 08, 09, and 10.