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2013-14 Men's Basketball
Team Statistics: 2012-13 | 2011-12 | 2010-11 | 2009-10 | 2008-09 | 2007-08
WHAC Statistics: 2011-12 | 2010-11 | 2009-10 | 2008-09 | 2007-08
Archived Seasons: 2011-12 I 2010-11 I 2009-10 I 2008-09 I 2007-08
Head Coach: Dave Hammer (11th year)
Associate Head Coach: Denny Krynicki (5th year)

Assistant Coaches:

John Mielke (4th year), Lon Hoyer (2nd year),

Ryan Bertoia (2nd year) and Joe Powers (2nd year)


Team Manager: Alec Gignac (2nd year)
2013-14 Record: 15-16 overall, 12-10 WHAC
Schedule & Results | Team Roster | Coach Profiles
Season Outlook
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2013-14 Men's Basketball Media Guide

2013-14 Schedule & Results

Fri., Nov. 1 vs. Athletes In Action (Scrimmage) Grand Rapids, Mich. L 72-79 (OT)
Mon., Nov. 4 @ Western Michigan (Exhibition) Kalamazoo, Mich. L 54-69

WHAC - Crossroads Challenge

@ Spring Arbor University

Jackson, Mich.    
Fri., Nov. 8 @ Spring Arbor Jackson, Mich.

W 67-62

Sat., Nov 9 vs. Indiana Wesleyan Jackson, Mich. L 61-84  
Sat., Nov. 16 vs. Siena Heights* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 71-63 Listen on the Radio Michigan Sports Radio App
Wed., Nov. 20 @ Indiana Tech* Fort Wayne, Ind. L 56-62

Sat., Nov. 23 @ UM-Dearborn* Dearborn, Mich. W 63-60  
Tues. Nov. 26 vs. Concordia* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 86-91 (OT)


Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Classic

@ Calvin College

Grand Rapids, Mich.    
Fri., Nov. 29 vs. Hope Grand Rapids, Mich. L 67-69  
Sat., Nov. 30 @ Calvin Grand Rapids, Mich. L 55-77

Wed., Dec. 4 vs. Lourdes* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 55-57

Listen on the Radio
Sat., Dec. 7 @ Marygrove* Detroit, Mich.

W 89-49

Sat., Dec. 14 vs. Northwestern Ohio* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 76-78

Listen on the Radio
Wed., Dec. 18 vs. Grace Bible College Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 86-66

Listen on the Radio

Sat. - Mon.,

Dec. 21 - 23

St. Xavier Tournament


Chicago, Ill.    
Sat., Dec. 21 vs. Viterbo Chicago, Ill. W 73-59  
Sun., Dec. 22 vs. Bellevue Chicago, Ill. L 71-77  
Mon., Dec. 23 vs. St. Ambrose Chicago, Ill. L 69-89  
Sat., Jan. 4 vs. Davenport* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 49-82

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Wed., Jan. 8 @ Lawrence Tech* Southfield, Mich. W 73-64

Sat., Jan. 11 vs. Madonna* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 53-62

Listen on the Radio
Wed., Jan. 15 @ Siena Heights* Adrian, Mich.

W 79-53

Sat., Jan. 18 vs. UM-Dearborn* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 75-59

Listen on the Radio
Wed., Jan 22 @ Concordia* Ann Arbor, Mich.

L 72-76

Wed., Jan. 29 vs. Marygrove* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 98-63

Listen on the Radio

Sat., Feb. 1 @ Northwestern Ohio* Lima, Ohio

W 66-62

Mon., Feb. 3 vs. Indiana Tech* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 77-72 (OT)

Listen on the Radio
Wed., Feb. 5 vs. Cornerstone* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 64-76

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Sat., Feb. 8 @ Davenport* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 64-77

Wed., Feb. 12 vs. Lawrence Tech* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 78-49

Listen on the Radio
Sat., Feb. 15 @ Madonna* Livonia, Mich.

W 71-64

Wed., Feb. 19 @ Cornerstone* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 75-70 Listen on the Radio
Sat., Feb. 22

vs. Lourdes* @ Owens Community College

Sylvania, Ohio

L 57-59

Wed., Feb. 26

WHAC Tournament Quarterfinals

@ Madonna

Livonia, Mich.

L 66-76

*Denotes WHAC conference game

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No. Photo Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown/High School (College)
0 Anthony Williams Anthony Williams G 6-0 Jr. East Chicago/Kankakee Community College
1 Robby Ranville Robby Ranville F 6-3 RS Marshall, Mich./Marshall
2 Joe Ferrici Joe Ferrici F 6-5 So. Chicago, Ill./Notre Dame Prep
3 Brett Pfahler Brett Pfahler G 6-3 Sr. Coopersville, Mich./Coopersville
4 Chase Ward-McEwen Chase Ward-McEwen F 6-2 So. /Tusculum College
10 Jake Bullock Jake Bullock G 6-0 Fr. Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic Central
11 Ryan Schall Ryan Schall G 5-10 Fr. Comstock Park, Mich./Comstock Park
14 Bryan Mitzner Bryan Mitzner F 6-5 Jr.. Shelby Township, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate
21 Zac VanBeek Zac VanBeek F 6-4 So. Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East
22 Austin Semple Austin Semple F 6-6 Sr. Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West
23 Photo Not Available Max Clark G 6-0 Fr. Hastings, Mich./Hastings
25 Kolin Kazen Kolin Kazen F 6-4 Sr. Saugatuck/Albion College
33 Kail Venema Kail Venema F 6-7 So. Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia
34 Luke Sorenson Luke Sorenson C 6-11 So. Clio/Davenport University
SA Jason Gust Jason Gust     . Cedar Springs, Mich./Cedar Springs
SA Jon Hornak Jon Hornak    


Muskegon, Mich./Muskegon Catholic Central
SA Peter Sabiti Peter Sabiti       Augusta, Ga./Cross Creek


Dave Hammer

DAVE HAMMER Head Coach -- With more than 28 years of basketball and athletics leadership experience under his belt, Hammer is hardly a stranger to building winning programs. He served as athletic director at Coldwater High School (Mich.), where he also coached the boy’s basketball team from 1997 through 2002. His career highlights at Coldwater include a Class B semi-final berth in 1999 and a
Class B Coach of the Year award in 1999. During his five years as basketball coach, Hammer led the Cardinals to a 66-45 record,
including school records of 24 victories and a winning streak of 18 games in 1999.


Before heading north to Coldwater, Hammer was an assistant coach at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, from
1989 through 1993. Working with Mustangs head coach John Shumate, Hammer helped transform the team from the league
cellar to the Southwest Conference championship and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1993, finishing 20-8 overall and going 12-2
in the conference.

Hammer’s college coaching experience began at Delta College (Mich.) as an assistant from 1978 to 1980. He left for a year to
assume head coaching duties at Bridgeport High School (Mich.). Hammer, however, returned to Delta College in 1981 as head
coach. He tallied a 57-24 record during his three years and led the Pioneers to an Eastern Conference Championship in
1982. He left in 1984 to become an assistant at the University of Michigan. During his four years in Ann Arbor, Hammer helped
the Wolverines earn four NCAA tournament berths and two Big Ten Championships with an overall 100-27 record. Hammer also
served as an assistant coach at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, from 1988 to 1989.
Following the 2006-07 season, Hammer was named the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) college coach of the year. Hammer also coached the Gold Medal team (17 and under) at the United World Games in Klagenfurt, Austria during the summers of 2009 and 2010. Hammer's resume at Aquinas College has been nothing short of spectacular. Hammer was the fastest coach in school history to 100 wins, the only coach to take team to national tournament four times, his teams have won three out right WHAC championships and two WHAC tournament championships. Hammer has amassed a record of 164-99 in his previous eight seasons guiding the Saints.
Hammer graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1970, and went on to earn his master's in educational administration at CMU in 1976. His daughter, Amy, is an educator at Caro High School; his son, DJ, graduated from Oswego State and resides in Buffalo, New York.
Denny Krynicki DENNY KRYNICKI Associate Head Coach -- After two years as an assistant coach for the Saints, Coach Hammer promoted Krynicki to associate head coach last season.  Coach Krynicki will be responsible for game scout preparation, recruiting, player development with both the perimeter and post players, summer camp coordinator, and strength and conditioning coordinator.   “I am very excited and humbled to assume more responsibilities in an outstanding collegiate program.  It is an honor to work and learn alongside Coach Hammer and other professionals at Aquinas College.” says Coach Krynicki. Krynicki was a four-year basketball letter winner at Olivet College where he received a B.S. and teacher certification. He holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University.  Krynicki has been a a teacher at Coopersville Area Public Schools for the past sixteen years.  Coach Krynicki resides in Lamont with his wife, Michelle, and their children, Emma and Jaiden.
JOHN MIELKE JOHN MIELKE Assistant Coach -- Coach Mielke will be instrumental in recruiting and scouting this season.  He will also keep updated information about the program through our Aquinas College Basketball Facebook page.  Coach Mielke teaches at Zeeland West High School.  Coach Mielke and his wife, Corrinne, live in Zeeland with their daughter, Cora.
LON HOYER LON HOYER Assistant Coach -- A retired member of the Allegan County Sheriff Department, Hoyer's first year at Aquinas will see him involved in post player development and recruiting. He is a former Allegan High School coach who played at Grand Rapids Junior College.
RYAN BERTOIA RYAN BERTOIA Assistant Coach -- Bertoia returns to his alma mater ('06) and will be in charge of game video and recruiting. For the last five years he coached at Olivet College, and also spent two years as an assistant at Muskegon Community College
JOE POWERS JOE POWERS Assistant Coach -- Powers joins the coaching staff after competing at Aquinas last season, in which he started 30 games and averaged 12.1 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game, and shot 80% at the free throw line and 42% from the three-point arc.
Alec Gignac Alec Gignac Team Manager -- A 19-year-old freshman from Grand Haven. Alec is majoring in Sports Management and Business Administration at Aquinas.

Season Outlook