It doesn’t really matter what parameters you put on it: Lansing, Mid-Michigan, class A, statewide, etc. The early returns have East Lansing coach Steve Finamore as the coach of the year.
If you haven’t been paying much attention to EL, don’t feel bad. They were projected to finish third in their conference after losing one of the state’s best freshmen, Steve Haney, to crosstown Lansing Eastern — and I thought that was a little ambitious.
The talk at the time went like this: “What a shame that East Lansing lost Haney, they really could’ve been something special.”
Amazingly, they’re something special without him.
East Lansing is just one win away from clinching the CAAC Blue after their second win of the season over Okemos.
As you recall, I was up in arms over the ouster of East Lansing coach Doug Fleming after last season. I’m confident in his coaching prowess, and I thought it was a mistake to let him go. East Lansing, to its credit, made the best-possible hire and the rest is history.
— By Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops