Muskegon Big Reds State Championship Basketball
The Muskegon Big Reds are now “bigger” under the athletic leadership of Keith Guy, Athletic Director and Varsity Basketball Coach of Muskegon Public Schools. Keith outlined several principles, goals and strategies that contributed to the boy’s varsity basketball team’s perfect 28-0 season and captured the school’s first state title since 1937.
But first, President Don Crandall shared some significant statistics about fellow Rotarian Tom Ludwig. “As a collegiate player, Ludwig was a four-year letter winner at Michigan and helped the Wolverines capture two Big 10 Conference titles and a second-place finish at the 1965 NCAA Championships.”
Ludwig compiled a 266-172 (.607) overall record as head coach of Ferris State University men’s basketball program (1979 – 1995), achieving seven GLIAC titles in his 14 full seasons. Relevant to the program, Keith Guy played basketball for the Ferris Bulldogs and was recruited and coached by Tom Ludwig.
The notorious Big Reds are recognized as the all-time winningest team in Michigan football history. So when many students transferred to Muskegon from Muskegon Heights, the community was hesitant to embrace them…not sure what to expect. But now we know…champions and scholarships! That was the focus of Coach Guy’s basketball program. And that was the result of the team’s dedication and hard work.
Accompanying Coach Guy at the program were four talented and impressive young men: Jamel French, William Roberson, Deshaun Thrower, and Deyonte Davis. Coach Guy said