TRAVERSE CITY — Kris and Rachelle Crosby are back in the basketball coaching business.
After a two-year high school coaching hiatus, the couple will be taking over the boys and girls basketball program at Traverse City Christian.
Kris takes over for Greg Farmer at the helm of the boys’ team, while Rachelle will oversee the girls’ program starting back up after two years of inactivity.
“When I applied for the position ... I was a little hesitant,” Kris Crosby said. “I said (to athletic director Darryl Wiggins), ‘You guys don’t even have a bus and your floor is messy.’ I was trying to talk myself out of it, I guess. I had an interview, and then a couple days later, Darryl says, ‘Hey, somebody donated a bus. And we’re getting our floor re-done.’ It was just kind of cool. Those were the two things on my list.”
That sealed the deal on accepting the job, where he’ll be coaching his son, a 6-foot-8 senior center who is one of the Sabres’ top returning players.
TC Christian lost starting forward Jesse Heerdt and guard Paul Bump, as well as reserve Will Andre, from a team that advanced to last season’s finals in a large seven-team Class D district field. Forward David Bump and guard A.J. Weber return, as well as the younger Crosby in the middle on a team that has six juniors back from last year’s squad.
“He’s really looking to improve himself as a ballplayer,” Kris Sr. said. “He’s a college prospect, we’re hoping anyway. He’s gotten in better shape with conditioning. ... He’s challenged himself to shoot 800 shots a day to work on his shot and range. He’s already known as a shooter, but it’s tough when you’re a 6-8 guy to go out there and prove that you’re an outside shooter. ... And if he goes to the next level at 6-7, 6-8, he might not be a post player, so he better be able to hit that mid-range shot.”