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Jake Van Tubbergen makes basketball history GV

Senior forward Jake Van Tubbergen has always been one of Grand Valley State University’s most valuable players and he earned his moment in program history with 1,000 career rebounds last week. Van Tubbergen is one of only four GVSU basketball alumni to cross the 1,000 mark.

Van Tubbergen has been on the team for five years now, using his extra year of eligibility since the year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The freshman of the 2017-18 season came out strong, earning GLIAC Freshman of the Year and Second team All-GLIAC honors.

As a sophomore, he repeated the success of his rookie year and entered his junior season as the first Laker to achieve NABC All-American status since the 2007-08 season, also achieving his 1,000th career point. Van Tubbergen also made first-team All-GLIAC and first-team All-Region.

His senior season didn’t count towards his eligibility, but he still managed to earn preseason player of the year and first-team All-GLIAC to continue his streak. The 1,000th career rebound is just another accomplishment Van Tubbergen can add to his GVSU legacy as he completes his final year as a Laker.

GV loses women’s sports legend Joan Boand last week

On January 27, Joan Boand, a pioneer at Grand Valley State University and a longtime teacher and coach, died at the age of 88.

In 1996, just two years after the school opened, Boand came to GVSU to teach physical education. As an athlete herself, Boand recognized the importance of women’s sport and set out to make GVSU a leader in women’s athletics.

Her achievements began with the start of the women’s volleyball team in 1968 which she founded and coached for 26 years. Winning five national championships in a row plus one more, her success with the program has translated into the development of several other women’s sports teams. She coached the women’s basketball team to four GLIAC titles and the women’s softball team to 10 NCAA championships.

Before retiring in 1999, Boand served as Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Women’s Administrator and earned the Lifetime Achievement Award for Women Leaders in College Athletics. She was also inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame during her incredibly influential career, ultimately leading her to the legacy that GVSU honors today.

In 2020, Boand was memorialized with the National Championships Wall in the GVSU Fieldhouse where her memory will live on with the school and continue to inspire, motivate, encourage and advance women’s sport. Thanks to Boand, 20 of the 27 national titles held by GVSU are in women’s sports.


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