|Title:||Interim Head Coach|
Andy Bronkema was appointed today (May 11) as the Bulldogs
interim head coach following the resignation of former head coach
Bill Sall, who accepted another head coaching position. He
will lead the program during the transition period while a search
for a new head coach is underway.
Bronkema completed sixth season as an assistant coach for the Ferris State University men's basketball program in the 2012-13 campaign and his third as the program's full-time assistant coach.
In his first year as a full-time assistant in 2010-11, the Bulldogs won the GLIAC North Division Championship and reached the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. FSU followed up the memorable campaign by winning a share of a second-straight GLIAC North Division crown in 2011-12.
Bronkema, who had served as a volunteer asssistant for three years, was appointed to replace longtime assistant coach Cory Anderson, who left in August 2010 to become the athletics director at Forest Hills Eastern (Mich.) High School in the Grand Rapids area following 14 consecutive years in the FSU program.
As the assistant coach, Bronkema has been involved with all phases of the program, including recruiting, on-floor coaching and administrative tasks.
In his tenure as a volunteer assistant, the Bulldogs averaged 15 wins per year over two seasons and twice reached the GLIAC Postseason Tournament. As a volunteer assistant, Bronkema assisted in all aspects of the program and was instrumental in player development, including serving as the squad's director of redshirt development.
During his time on staff with the Bulldogs as a volunteer, Bronkema also served as an elementary physical education teacher at the Crossroads Charter Academcy School in Big Rapids.
Prior to his arrival at FSU, Bronkema was a collegiate standout at NAIA Division II member Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich. As a player, he served as team captain in both his junior and senior seasons. Bronkema was voted All-Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) three times and twice garnered NAIA Honorable Mention All-America laurels.
In his four years of college hoops, Bronkema led Cornerstone to two regular-season WHAC Championships, one WHAC Tournament crown and four national tournament appearances, including a NAIA Final Four showing. He concluded his collegiate career with 1,725 points, 982 rebounds, 336 assists along with 140 steals.
"Andy gained some great experience and had outstanding success as a player on championship teams in his college career," said Sall. "He brings a winning attitude and a competitive fire to the table, which is great for our players to see."
Bronkema also served as the head running backs coach with the Grand Rapids Community College football team in 2005 when they finished as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Non-Scholarship National Champions.
A native of McBain, Mich., Bronkema was a three-sport athlete at the prep level and competed in football, basketball and baseball. He was part of 14 championship teams while at McBain and helped the Ramblers to a state hoops title in 2002 in addition to a state football runner-up effort in 2001.
Bronkema earned his Bachelor's Degree in Education from Cornerstone University and is currently completing his Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Ferris State University.
Andy and his wife, Jenae, currently reside in Big Rapids with their daughters, Elliana and Cambria.