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Men's Basketball

Archived Seasons
Head Coach: Dave Hammer (12th year)

Assistant Coaches:

John Mielke (5th year), Lon Hoyer (3rd year),

Ryan Bertoia (3rd year), Joe Powers (3rd year) and Pete Sabiiti (1st year)


Team Manager: Alec Gignac (3rd year)
2014-15 Record: 19-13 overall, 14-8 WHAC
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2014-15 Schedule & Results

Tues., Nov. 4 vs Masters Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 70-53

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WHAC - Crossroads Challenge

@ Aquinas College

Grand Rapids, Mich.    
Fri., Nov. 7 vs. #1 Indiana Wesleyan Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 60-76

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Sat., Nov. 8 vs. #8 Robert Morris University Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 79-61

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Sat., Nov. 15 vs. Concordia* Grand Rapids, Mich. W 77-61 Listen on the Radio
Sun., Nov. 16 @ Western Michigan Kalamazoo, Mich. L 57-87  
Wed., Nov. 19 vs. #4 Davenport* Grand Rapids, Mich. L 56-68

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Sat., Nov. 22 @ Marygrove* Detroit, Mich. W 79-62  
Tues. Nov. 25 @ Madonna* Livonia, Mich.

W 61-52


Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Classic

@ Aquinas College

Grand Rapids, Mich.    
Fri., Nov. 28 vs. Calvin Grand Rapids, Mich. L 64-73 Listen on the Radio
Sat., Nov. 29 vs. Hope Grand Rapids, Mich. W 72-68

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Mon., Dec. 1 @ University of Detroit Detroit, Mich. L 59-109  
Wed., Dec. 3 @ Lourdes* @ Tam-O-Shanter Rec Facility Sylvania, Ohio

L 65-68

Sat., Dec. 6 vs. Northwestern Ohio* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 61-70

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Sat., Dec. 13 vs. Indiana Tech* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 60-58

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Mon., Dec. 22 @ Grace Bible College Grand Rapids, Mich. W 78-59
Sat., Jan. 3 @ Siena Heights* Adrian, Mich.

W 71-60

Wed., Jan. 7 vs. UM Dearborn* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 74-40

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Sat., Jan. 10 @ Lawrence Tech* Southfield, Mich.

W 61-42

Wed., Jan. 14 vs.#7 Cornerstone* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 62-67

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Sat., Jan. 17 @ Indiana Tech* Fort Wayne, Ind.

W 72-62

Wed., Jan 21 vs. Lourdes* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 57-50

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Sat., Jan. 24 @ #21 Northwestern Ohio* Lima, Ohio L 65-67  
Wed., Jan. 28 @ Davenport* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 73-80

Sat., Jan. 31 vs. Marygrove* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 95-60

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Wed., Feb. 4 @ UM Dearborn* Dearborn, Mich.

W 74-66

Sat., Feb. 7 @ Concordia* Ann Arbor, Mich.

W 81-52

Wed., Feb. 11 vs. Madonna* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 62-65 (OT)

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Sun., Feb. 15 vs. Lawrence Tech* Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 45-43

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Wed., Feb. 18 @ Cornerstone* Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 66-74

Sun., Feb. 22

vs. Siena Heights*

Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 74-51

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Thurs., Feb. 26

WHAC Tournament Quarterfinals

vs. Concordia

Tournament Bracket

Grand Rapids, Mich.

W 80-59

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Sat., Feb. 28

WHAC Tournament Semifinals

@ Davenport

Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 63-72

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*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 Sr. East Chicago, Ill./Kankakee Community College
1 Robby Ranville Robby Ranville F 6-3 Fr. Marshall, Mich./Marshall
2 Joe Ferrici Joe Ferrici F 6-5 Jr. Chicago, Ill./Notre Dame Prep
3 Jeff Cain Jeff Cain G 6-0 Jr. Lansing, Mich./Lansing Community College
4 Loren Johnson Loren Johnson G 6-0 Jr. Benton Harbor, Mich./Lake Michigan Community College
5 Max Clark Max Clark G 6-0 So. Hastings, Mich./Hastings
10 Jake Bullock Jake Bullock G 6-0 So. Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic Central
11 Ryan Schall Ryan Schall G 5-10 So. Comstock Park, Mich./Comstock Park
12 Rob Deiz Rob Deiz G 6-2 Fr. Detroit, Mich./Ferndale
14 Bryan Mitzner Bryan Mitzner F 6-5 Jr.. Shelby Township, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate
20 Mike Russell Mike Russell G 6-2 Jr. Las Vegas, Nev./Laramie County Community College
21 Zac VanBeek Zac VanBeek F 6-4 Jr. Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East
22 Frank DeVos Frank DeVos F 6-6 Fr. Chesterfield, Mich./L'Anse Creuse North
23 Kevin Grant Kevin Grant F 6-4 Sr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Ottawa Hills
25 Dorian Armstrong Dorian Armstrong F 6-6 Fr. Detroit, Mich./Mt. Clemens
32 Ian Cooper Ian Cooper F 6-9 Fr. Greenville, Mich./Greenville
33 Kail Venema Kail Venema F 6-7 Jr. Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia
34 Luke Sorenson Luke Sorenson C 6-11 Jr. Clio, Mich./Davenport University


Dave Hammer

DAVE HAMMER - Head Coach


(616) 632-2478 (Office)


With more than 29 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 and is the only coach to take a team to national tournament four times.  His teams have also won three out right WHAC championships and two WHAC tournament championships. Hammer, who holds the record at Aquinas for most coaching victories, has amassed a record of 206-150 in his previous eleven 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.


Coach Hammer and his wife, Pam Cohn reside in Spring Lake.  His daughter, Amy, is an educator at Caro High School; his son, DJ, graduated from Oswego State and is working in Chicago for ADP Retirement Services.



RYAN BERTOIA - Assistant Coach

Coach Bertoia, a 2006 Aquinas graduate, enters his fourth season on the Saints coaching staff. Ryan directs all aspects of the programs film exchange, editing, and breakdown. He also helps manage all aspects of recruiting and fundraising. The teams travel arrangements are also organized by Coach Bertoia. On the court coach Bertoia works with opponent preparation and Aquinas’ offensive and defensive breakdowns. A majority of his time is spent with individual work with post player and developing red-shirts. He also designed, implemented, and oversees the strength and conditioning program for the basketball team. Prior to Aquinas, Coach Bertoia spent five years as an assistant coach at Olivet College, where he worked with Mike McClary, the Olivet’s All-Time leading Scorer and Shot Blocker.  Mike was a NCAA Division 3 1st team All American and two-time MIAA player of the year and was the runner-up for the NCAA Divison 3 National Player of the Year.  Bertoia also spent two seasons as an assistant at Muskegon Community College. Coach Bertoia currently lives in Muskegon with his wife Melissa and their three year old daughter Gabriella.



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 - 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.

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.

Pete Sabiiti PETE SABIITI - Graduate Assistant
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