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Kirtland Hires Vick to Lead Firebirds Basketball

Kirtland Community College has named Mark Vick to coach both the men’s and women’s basketball teams for the remainder of the Firebirds’ 2013-14 season.  Vick is originally from Saint Helen, attended Houghton Lake High School and currently lives in West Branch, Mich.

Mark Vick

Mark Vick to lead Firebirds as conference basketball season play begins

“I have long been interested in coaching at Kirtland,” says Vick.  “Being from the local area, along with my career experiences and love for the game of basketball, makes it a dream job.  I am truly blessed to now be a part of the Kirtland Firebird Program.”

Following the resignation of former basketball coach Ty McGregor, Kirtland Athletic Director Don Haskin began an immediate coaching search and Vick accepted the assignment on Dec. 16.  Vick’s hiring enables current student athletes to compete in conference season play, which begins for Kirtland on Jan. 4 at the McGregor Athletic Complex (MAC) in Mio.  The Lady ‘Birds will take the floor at 1:00 p.m. and the men’s team competes at 3:00 p.m.

“It [was] a quick learning curve for me to get to know the players, for them to get to know me, and for us to get organized for our first game,” said Vick about the fast transition from interviewing to coaching.  “My biggest hope is to provide some stability to our Student-Athletes for the duration of the season.

“My goals are to assist our student-athletes in achieving their goals.  It has been tough for these young men and women.  I want them to have a positive experience and assist them in continuing their basketball and educational careers after this season is completed.”

Vick brings a considerable amount of basketball knowledge to the Firebirds, including experience at:  Hale High School/Hale, MI (Head Girls Basketball Coach 2012-13); Rice University/Houston, TX (Men’s Basketball, Video Coordinator 2008-2012); Oakland University/Rochester, MI (Men’s Basketball Video Coordinator 2004-2008); Smoky Mountain High School/Sylva, NC (Boys Basketball, Varsity Assistant, JV Head Coach, 2003-04); Cherokee High School/Cherokee, NC (Boys Basketball, Varsity Assistant, 2002-03); and Central Michigan University/Mt. Pleasant, MI (Student Assistant Manager 1997-1998).

Annually, more than 3,000 students attend a variety of occupational, skilled trades, two-year and transfer degree programs at Kirtland’s locations near Roscommon, Kirtland-Gaylord, Kirtland-West Branch and in Tawas.  Kirtland also offers a wide range of online courses and degrees, all of which can be completed from home.

For more information, please contact Sarah Madonna, Director of Public Information, at 989-275-5000, ext. 242 or sarah.madonna@kirtland.edu.