GRCC names Joe Fox men’s basketball coach for 2021-2022 season

Joe Fox looking forward and smiling.

Joe Fox has been appointed head coach of the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team for the 2021-2022 season after serving as an assistant coach at GRCC, Calvin University, and Lansing Community College.

Fox has been GRCC assistant coach since 2019, and also held the role from 2012 to 2014. He then served as assistant coach at Lansing Community College under hall of fame coach Mike Ingram, and was assistant coach for Calvin’s women’s basketball team between 2017 and 2019.

“I am excited and grateful to be named the head coach of the program that gave me my start in the field. I would like to thank coach Jeff Bauer for bringing me back to GRCC two years ago and providing me the opportunity to coach at GRCC,” he said. “We have a great group of returning Raiders and a talented batch of newcomers for the 2021-22 team. I can’t wait to get to work with them.”

Coaching runs in Fox’s family. His father, Gary Fox, and grandfather, George Fox, both coached high school basketball in Michigan for 25 years. George Fox won a state championship with Ervin “Magic” Johnson at Lansing’s Everett High in 1977.

Fox works as a career coach at Aquinas College and has been the event manager for the Gus Macker basketball tournament since 2008.

Fox earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University I 2012 and a master’s degree from Grand Valley State University in 2019.

“Joe has a great amount of experience coaching and has a passion for basketball,” Selmon said. “He’s familiar with our student-athletes and our proud Raider tradition, and I know he’ll do a great job in this role.”

Bauer stepped down after two seasons to spend more time with his young family. The Raiders were 21-24 during his tenure, making the NJCAA Region XII tournament each year.

GRCC approves budget with flat tuition rate, focusing on keeping college accessible and affordable through pandemic recovery

Student in class taking notes during a lecture.

Grand Rapids Community College trustees approved a budget that freezes tuition rates for the 2021-2022 academic year in an effort to keep education accessible and affordable for residents as West Michigan emerges from the pandemic.

Trustees on Monday unanimously approved a $115.4 million budget, which also includes waiving online class fees for the fall semester and retaining single swipe parking fees to help students access classes and services without paying more to park.

“Our world has changed in many ways since most of our students were on campus, and we are working to support them as they face new challenges,” board of trustees Chairperson David Koetje said. “This budget reflects our commitment to ensuring that students of all ages across West Michigan have access to the quality education they’ll need to move forward.”

The tuition freeze comes at a time when students also have several options to attend with education costs covered by state and local programs.

Michigan Reconnect is available for residents ages 25 and older who have not yet earned a degree. Futures for Frontliners supports students who worked in essential jobs during the spring pandemic shutdown, and Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarships are for students graduating from a Grand Rapids high school.

Students not eligible for Michigan Reconnect, Futures for Frontliners, or Promise Zone may still qualify for a Pell grant or for one of the many GRCC related scholarships available for students.

“We embrace our mission of being the place West Michigan turns to in times of need,” GRCC President Bill Pink said. “This budget demonstrates our focus on our community – students, and also our partners and employers. We are creating more and different opportunities for people so they can find their place in our recovering region.”

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Once a file or video is saved to one of those resources, you can then share a link of the file or video to your Blackboard course saving lots of valuable space.

Below you will find information about the Quota Exceeded error, how to share a Google Drive document to your Blackboard course and how to upload videos to a third-party site and share to Blackboard. 

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