The Ferris State University men's basketball program has lost a veteran member of its coaching staff as volunteer assistant coach Dave Schlump was recently tabbed to be the new men's basketball head coach at Muskegon (Mich.) Community College.
Schlump, who has served on the Bulldog staff for the past five seasons, will replace Lee Gilbert at the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) institution. The Jayhawks posted a 12-16 overall record this past campaign.
"We've excited for Dave and this is a great opportunity for him," said FSU head coach Bill Sall. "When he came on staff five years ago, he did it because he wanted to get into collegiate coaching and this is another step in that process.
"It's a great thing for our program as well to see him progress and we're looking forward to working with him in the future," Sall added.
A Ferris State alumnus, Schlump will continue to serve as the alternative education principal for the Cedar Springs (Mich.) Public School district in addition to his position at MCC. The athletics director at Muskegon CC is Marty McDermott, who formerly served as the head men's basketball coach at another Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member school in Lake Superior State.
During his tenure at Ferris, the 50-year old Schlump assisted with all facets of the Bulldog program including on-court instruction and skill development after a successful prep coaching career in West Michigan. While with the Bulldogs, Schlump helped FSU to back-to-back NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances in 2004-05 and 2005-06, which included a "Sweet Sixteen" finish in 2004-05 when the Bulldogs also captured the GLIAC North Division Championship. The Bulldogs made four trips to the conference tournament and won 10 games or more in all five of Schlump's seasons at FSU.
Prior to his arrival at Ferris, Schlump served as the varsity boys basketball coach at Cedar Springs High School for 13 seasons and led the Red Hawks to a 22-1 overall record and the program's fifth district crown in the six seasons during the 2003-04 campaign. Schlump also directed CSHS to both its first unbeaten regular season along with first conference title (OK White) since 1977 in his final season.
While at Cedar Springs, Schlump guided the Red Hawks to five district championships along with one regional crown. His 2002-03 squad, which included three former Bulldog basketball players Tyler Wolfe, Josh Schlump and Adam Veltkamp, posted an 18-7 mark and reached the regional finals.
Schlump, who was named the Grand Rapids Press High School Coach of the Year in 2003-04, previously spent four seasons as the boys basketball coach at Kent City (Mich.) High School. He also coached football for three years at Kent City where one of his players included current FSU men's basketball assistant coach Cory Anderson.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Schlump participated in football, basketball and baseball during his prep career at Ida (Mich.) High School. He earned a degree in social work from FSU in 1982 after graduating from IHS in 1977. Schlump presently resides in Cedar Springs along with his wife, Teresea, and the couple has three children in Josh, Elyse and Dan.
His son, Josh, is presently wrapping up his degree in Professional Golf Management at Ferris State and was a member of the 2005-06 Bulldog men's basketball squad that reached the NCAA-II Tournament. Elyse played collegiate hoops this past season at Concordia (Mich.) after a one-year stint at fellow GLIAC-member Tiffin.
With Schlump's departure, Sall currently has three remaining assistant coaches on staff in Anderson, Bill Killian and Andy Bronkema. A former FSU player, Anderson concluded his 10th season as the program's full-time assistant coach this past season while Killian has served as a volunteer assistant coach throughout Sall's seven-year tenure. Bronkema, who played collegiately at Cornerstone University, has been a volunteer assistant at Ferris each of the last two years.