Sall returns to Calvin as head basketball coach

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Calvin College alum Bill Sall is the 12th men’s basketball coach in school history.

He was introduced at a press conference on campus Wednesday afternoon. 

Sall comes to the Knights after serving the last six seasons as the head coach at Division II Northern Michigan University. 

“I’ve been humbled. It was tough because every place I had been before, in two years we were in contention,” Sall said. “It took a little longer this time but the end result is still believing in what you believe. We were able to do that at Northern as well.” 

Playing with Calvin from 1985-1990, Sall ranks third on the Knights’ scoring list with 2,063 points. He was a two-time Division III All-American and a two-time MIAA most valuable player with.

“What we’re going to do here — and it sounds simple but it’s so hard — is we’re going to play hard. We’re going to play smart and we’re going to play together,” Sall said. “If we can get those things accomplished, we’re going to have success.”

Sall is a Jenison native and graduate of Unity Christian High School. He and his wife Karen have four children.

“Everybody is here on both sides of the family. Everybody is here in West Michigan,” Sall said, talking about his family here in Grand Rapids. “To be able to get back to that family support is so awesome. Even here seeing all the old friends and former players, West Michigan is just renowned for its support of athletics and I can’t wait to be able to get involved again.”

Sall replaces Kevin Vande Streek, who led the program for the last 23 years and retired in late February.

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