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Academy Welcomes Back Matt Grossenbach ’10 to the House of Blues

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.”