Familiar faces ready to lead GRCC’s nationally ranked cross country teams

Assistant Coach Garrett Lacey and Assistant Coach Sharon Becker smiling at the camera.

Grand Rapids Community College’s cross country teams will have new coaches – familiar faces who were part of the staff last year when both times finished in the national top 10 and three student-athletes earning All-American status.

Matt Sicilia, who oversaw both the men’s and women’s teams, is stepping down from coaching to spend time with his family.

Assistant Coach Garrett Lacey has been named head coach of the men’s team, and Assistant Coach Sharon Becker will be head coach of the women’s team.

“Coach Sicilia did an outstanding job building the GRCC program into a national power,” Interim Athletic Director David Selmon said. “He’ll be missed, and we wish him well. We’re also excited to have two excellent coaches who are able to assume lead roles and keep the program headed in the right direction.”

Sicilia said his daughter will be involved in high school sports and his son in middle school sports next year, and he wants to spend more time with his family and attend his children’s events.

“Starting the program at GRCC and building a culture of mutual support and hard work, as well as bringing our program into national prominence, is something that I am extremely proud of,” Sicilia said.

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