Gavin Brose wins top honor from the Michigan Community College Athletic Association
Schoolcraft College soccer player Gavin Brose was just about ready to give up the sport he loves. In addition to fighting through the usual injuries that soccer dishes out, Brose also suffers from a chronic illness that has hospitalized upon occasion. His hard work and dedication paid off, however, as he has been named the Dick Shilts Male Athlete of the Year, which recognizes outstanding student-athletes in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA).
The award is named for the former Athletic Director at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and the longest-serving MCCAA president.
Brose started 11 of 12 games for the Ocelots, scoring 6 goals with 11 assists and had 2 game-winning goals. He was the MCCAA Men’s Soccer Player of the Year and earned All-MCCAA honors.
Brose said his favorite match came at home against Ancilla.
“We had to win to make the playoffs,” he said. “I made what might be the longest goal in Schoolcraft College history – I shot it right off the kickoff and it went in. We ended up winning 3-0.”
With his passion for soccer reignited, Brose has a trip to Germany planned for this summer for a tryout to possibly play professionally.
An Exercise Science student, Brose has a 3.93 GPA and earned a perfect 4.0 for the 2021-22 school year. He won Schoolcraft College Student-Athlete of the Month, is a member of the first class of Theta Chi Alpha, the national honor society for student-athletes at two-year schools, and volunteers at youth soccer camps.
“To win this award is humbling and reminded me that hard work pays off and with the right people around you and the right support you can go a long way, which is what I got here at Schoolcraft,” he said. “It’s a team effort, really. I’m glad to accept the award, but I accept it on behalf of the whole team who worked with me.”
Brose, a graduate of Livonia’s Adlai E. Stevenson High School, was quick to praise and thank Amy Proctor, Student-Athlete Support System Coordinator; and coach Rick Larson for their support.
“They took time out to work with me and support me and I really appreciate that,” he said.