Cory DeGroote (2012)

2012 Inductee

Mr. Cory DeGroote played four years of football, basketball and baseball while at West Vigo and graduated in 1991. Over his career, he was All-State in basketball and baseball, a member of the North/South All-Star basketball game and recipient of the McMillan Award in 1991.
Upon graduation, he attended The Citadel on a basketball scholarship and played one year of basketball and baseball. He transferred to Indiana State in 1992 where he played three years of baseball and basketball. In 1994, he was a member of the team that won the Missouri Valley Conference Championship and played in the Super Regionals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His senior year, he was the recipient of the Larry Bird MVP in basketball and on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. He earned his Master’s in Athletic Administration in 2005 from Western Michigan University.
He graduated with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in health. He took his first job at North White High School in Monon, Indiana teaching HS/MS health and coaching varsity baseball and was an assistant coach for volleyball, football and basketball. In his first year there, they were State runner-up to Indianapolis Chatard.
While at North White, he met his wife Michelle while she was coaching his sister in club volleyball. After leaving North White, he accepted a teaching position at Kalamazoo Public Schools in Michigan. Cory and Michelle were married on October 14, 2000 at Kalamazoo College’s Stetson Chapel. They are the parents of three amazing boys: Trevor (10), Tyler (9) and Toby (2).
His coaching career has taken him many places. He was an assistant football and baseball coach at Kalamazoo Central and head varsity basketball coach at Loy Norrix for five years. There he had the pleasure of coaching current Green Bay Packer Greg Jennings and ex-Cleveland Brown and Detroit Lion running back Jerome Harrison. While at Loy Norrix he, along with his brother Culley, had the honor of leading the men’s basketball season to a perfect 20-0 and finishing ranked #1. They went on to win the districts and finish their season at 23-1. He was selected as the Coach-of- the-Year in basketball for the state of Michigan.
He left Kalamazoo Public Schools after five years to accept a teaching position at neighboring Mattawan Consolidated Schools. Cory has been at Mattawan for nine years now as a Middle School Physical Education instructor, assistant coach in football, assistant varsity volleyball coach and head varsity baseball coach. His wife Michelle is the head varsity coach.