On Monday, Nov. 27 the Academy at the Lakes Varsity Boy’s Basketball team played their first home game against Keystone Prep, a team coached by AATL alumni Matt Grossenbach ’10.
Grossenbach is a former Academy basketball player from 2005-2010. He was the first Academy player, male or female, to score over 1000 career points (1189).
This was Grossenbach’s first game back in the Academy gym, the House of Blues, as a head coach.
Before Grossenbach took the job as the head coach and athletic director at Keystone, he was a graduate assistant coach at The Citadel and also served as an assistant coach for the Academy Varsity team (2014-15).
Grossenbach faced off against his former coach, Tom Haslam for the game. “It was great to see Matt back at the House of Blues. I feel like this will always be his home, and he’ll always be an important part of the Academy Basketball Program,” said Haslam.
“It was a strange experience,” Grossenbach said. “Academy has always been a place that’s been like a second home to me, so to come to campus as an outsider was really weird. Once I was inside I felt more comfortable, though. It was just nice being back in that gym with everyone again – Coach Haslam, Coach Schwab, Coach Williams, Coach Brown, Mr. Heller, etc. – even if my team and I were the opponents. Even my parents were there. My mom hadn’t been in that gym in over 7 years, so it was really neat for her too. Before the game started, I was given a very kind and generous public welcome. Academy continues to show how amazingly well they treat their alums.”
Keystone won the game with a final score of 64 – 36.
“I’m glad my team got the win, but I’ll be rooting for Academy in every other game this year,” Grossenbach said. “I worked with some of those kids during the 2014-15 season, and it’s been really cool to see them grow up from afar through the years.”