Grove City College
Name: Grove City College
Location: Grove City, Pa.
Colors: Crimson and white
President: Dr. John H. Moore
Alma Mater: Michigan '58
Athletic Director: Chris Smith
Alma Mater: Grove City '72
SID: Joe Klimchak
Head Coach: Steve Lamie
Alma Mater: Grove City '85
Record at Grove City: 17-15
Career record: 17-15
Assistant coach: John Marhefka
Home court: College Arena
All-time record: 1028-824
First year of basketball: 1898-99
Conference: Presidents' Athletic Conf.
1998-99 Overall record: 16-9
1998-99 PAC record: 7-1, PAC Champs
PAC Championships: 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1998-99
Member schools: Bethany, Grove City, Thiel, Washington & Jefferson, Waynesburg, Westminster (joining in 2000-2001)
Wolverines aim to get back on the winning track
Just one year removed from their 1998-99 Presidents' Athletic Conference championship season, the Wolverines of Grove City College have found the road a bit bumpy so far in 1999-2000. However, GCC didn't start out last season smoking, either, as a 5-6 record out of the gate eventually turned into a 16-9 final season record.
Second year head coach Steve Lamie became the first men's basketball coach in Grove City history to win a conference championship in his inaugural season last year in leading the Wolverines to the PAC crown. Lamie assisted John Barr for four seasons before Barr's retirement in 1998 after 26 years and over 300 wins at GCC.
Lamie lost a lot of firepower from last season's squad and his top four scorers include a junior, two sophomores and a freshman. 6-4 sophomore Chris Kreider, who was tops among returnees having averaged 8.6 points per game last season, leads the Wolves this season with 10.4 points per game. 6-5 junior Shane Meling is close behind at 10.0 points per game.
Kreider, Meling and freshman Tanner Prosser rank 13th, 14th and 15th in the PAC in scoring. Prosser recorded his second straight double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Wolves last game at Muskingum. He ranks second in the PAC in rebounding, collecting 7.4 caroms per game.
Grove City has yet to find their shooting touch, as the Wolves rank last in the PAC in three-point shooting and free throw shooting. However, their 44% overall clip from the floor ranks second in the PAC and they rank first in the PAC in scoring defense, giving up 69.4 points per game. GCC ranks fifth in the conference in scoring offense at 62.0 points per game.
The Wolverines know how to take care of the basketball, though. They have committed the fewest turnovers in the PAC this season and own the conference's best rebounding margin.
A 1985 Grove City alumnus, Lamie played four years under Barr, lettering twice and earning co-captain honors in his senior year. As a sophomore, he helped the Wolverines advance to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, the team's third of four all-time NCAA playoff appearances.