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Bill Sall Leaves NMU to Become Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Calvin College

Written by Nate

An another Men’s College Basketball coach has left the Northern Michigan University (NMU) campus and team. 

This time it is the head coach. 

Former NMU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Bill Sall has been formally introduced to Division III Calvin College as their next men’s basketball coach. The college is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

During his six seasons with the Wildcats, Sall orchestrated a program turnaround for a team that had not made the GLIAC Men’s Basketball Playoffs in over a decade. 

The former player for Calvin College completely revamped the culture on the court as the team’s recruiting, performance and record improved season-by-season.

Their best records were in the last two seasons, going 15-13 in 2017-18 and 17-12 in 2018-19. The team also succeeded in the classroom as their overall team GPA reached a grade higher than at the time he took over as coach. 

In the 2018-19 season, NMU earned their first GLIAC Tournament win since 2007 over the 2018 Division II National Champion Ferris State Bulldogs. 

The last couple seasons for NMU produced numerous honors for certain players including landing two players on the GLIAC First-Team in point guard Naba Echols and guard/forward Isaiah Johnson.

Both players also reached the 1,000-point milestone in their careers at NMU. 

(Link of Sall’s full bio is in the tweet below) 

NMU will now be searching for a whole new coaching staff after the losses of Sall and assistant coaches Charles Belt III and Terry Nash.

Belt III is the new head men’s basketball coach at William Woods University, with Nash as his assistant. 

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