Western Michigan Christian elevates Matt Haveman to boys’ varsity basketball coach


NORTON SHORES - Western Michigan Christian High School has named Matt Haveman as its new boys' varsity basketball coach.

Haveman succeeds Justin Canan, who guided the Warriors the last two seasons.

Haveman served as the WMC jayvee coach for two seasons and has now been elevated to the top spot. In those two seasons, the Warriors were highly successful on the court.

"He is super fired up to be a part of the program," said WMC athletic director Ryan Slack. "He's not just about building a team, but building relationships with students. He's fired up to get kids and equip them for life with the tools and the things they need. And not just as good athletes, but good citizens in the community and help them grow in their faith."

Haveman was a men's assistant basketball coach at Holland High School and one season at Fennville High School. During his athletic career, Haveman played college football at Grand Valley State University under Coach Brian Kelly.

"He knows sports and what it means to be an athlete," Slack said. "It's been great and we're really excited."

"I can't wait to get into the gym," said Haveman, who calls himself a coach who stresses defense. "I know these kids because I coached both groups the last two years. I fully expect next season to be competitive, very competitive.

"Our goal is to get back to being very competitive in the regular season and the tournament," Haveman said. "Deep tournament runs is our goal."

Haveman owns Play On! Recruiting and Consulting, a business that helps high school athletes find their place in college athletics.

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