Ex-Whitmore Lake coach Tropea leaves Chelsea for Spring Arbor



SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The Spring Arbor University men’s basketball office has announced that Josh Tropea has joined the staff as an assistant coach. He joins a staff that includes associate head coach Brandon Baum, assistant coach Jim Brown, and assistant coach Karrie Houser.

Tropea brings a relentless work ethic and a great basketball mind to the Cougars. He is well respected throughout the state and is already making his presence felt on the recruiting circuit.

Tropea works as a middle school special education teacher at Chelsea High School, where he had also served as the head boy’s basketball coach. Prior to his two years at Chelsea (25-19), Tropea spent five seasons as the head coach at Milan High School where he led the Big Reds to the 2014 Class B State Championship. During his stint in Milan, Coach Tropea compiled a 92-27 record. Known for his attention to detail and player development, Tropea has had a number of his prep standouts go on to play collegiately at all levels.

“We are adding one of the top coaches in the state to our staff. He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the game, and he is committed to impacting lives,” commented SAU head coach Ryan Cottingham. “Josh is a ‘basketball junkie’ with contagious energy and a drive to excel. He makes an outstanding staff even better, and I am blessed to be surrounded by such an incredible group of individuals!”

Tropea coached the Whitmore Lake boys basketball teams in 1999-00 and 2000-01, leading the Trojans to eight wins.

Josh and his wife, Alicia, reside in Chelsea with their two sons, Luke and Zack.




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