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Feeling Sall-Ty

Men’s basketball coach leaves for another GLIAC School

by Published: May 12, 2013

As far back as 1995 for­mer Ferris State men’s head bas­ket­ball coach Bill Sall’s fin­ger­prints were all over the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Sall was a top assis­tant for the Bulldogs, even serv­ing as Interim Head Coach dur­ing the 1995–96 cam­paign at one point. Yet the Athletic Department was not ready to make him top dog in 1998, caus­ing Sall to leave for Hillsdale.

As an assis­tant at Hillsdale, one of Ferris State’s rivals, he impressed enough to be offered the then vacant head coach­ing posi­tion prior to the 2002-03 Basketball sea­son, where he served for 11 seasons.

The per­fect fit had to end even­tu­ally. Sall was recently offered a posi­tion at yet another GLIAC school in Northern Michigan, where he accepted the job on May 11.

“I think every­one was in shock and dis­be­lief,” red­shirt sopho­more cen­ter Jared Stolicker said. “I mean we have a cham­pi­onship con­tender team here at Ferris next year and no on really thought he would give that up.”

The Wildcats fin­ished a pal­try 5–21, includ­ing a 1–11 mark on the road. Northern Michigan dropped both meet­ings with Ferris State this season.

Yet Northern had lever­age to pry Sall from Big Rapids to join them in Marquette. The offer report­edly included paid edu­ca­tions for Sall’s children.

“He made it feel like he was kind of torn,” Stolicker said. “Between a great team and fam­ily we have here at Ferris and the bet­ter salary and full schol­ar­ships for his kids to attend col­lege at NMU.”

Sall was unavail­able for com­ment despite mul­ti­ple attempts to reach the out­go­ing coach dur­ing the week of his ini­tial inter­views with Northern Michigan.

During his tenure with the Bulldogs, Sall led the team to a 171–145 record, that included three National tour­na­ment appear­ances, with two of them end­ing in the Sweet Sixteen.

Despite the long and seem­ingly happy mar­riage, the ele­phant in the room comes in the form of Sall stay­ing in the GLIAC, where he will see his for­mer team twice. And they wont be quite as pleased to see him this time.

“[We’ll be] a lit­tle bit­ter and sour,” Stolicker said. “I think every­one kind of feels like that. We’re gonna come out with the intent to embar­rass him and make him regret leaving.”

 
 
  • Robert Scranton

    I am sorry to see Coach Sall leave the Bulldogs for the Wildcats but wish him well and hope he wins all his games except against the Dawgs. My wife and I had a chance to host the Bulldogs at our house when the came down to play Michigan, before the 11/12 sea­son and got to speak with he and the team. Was hop­ing that if he ever left Ferris it would be to a Big 10 team which would have been a great step up for him. Good luck dawgs in the upcom­ing season.

  • Robert Scranton

    I am sorry to see Coach Sall leave the Bulldogs for the Wildcats but wish him well and hope he wins all his games except against the Dawgs. My wife and I had a chance to host the Bulldogs at our house when the came down to play Michigan, before the 11/12 sea­son and got to speak with he and the team. Was hop­ing that if he ever left Ferris it would be to a Big 10 team which would have been a great step up for him. Good luck dawgs in the upcom­ing season.

  • Robert Scranton

    I am sorry to see Coach Sall leave the Bulldogs for the Wildcats but wish him well and hope he wins all his games except against the Dawgs. My wife and I had a chance to host the Bulldogs at our house when the came down to play Michigan, before the 11/12 sea­son and got to speak with he and the team. Was hop­ing that if he ever left Ferris it would be to a Big 10 team which would have been a great step up for him. Good luck dawgs in the upcom­ing season.

  • Robert Scranton

    I am sorry to see Coach Sall leave the Bulldogs for the Wildcats but wish him well and hope he wins all his games except against the Dawgs. My wife and I had a chance to host the Bulldogs at our house when the came down to play Michigan, before the 11/12 sea­son and got to speak with he and the team. Was hop­ing that if he ever left Ferris it would be to a Big 10 team which would have been a great step up for him. Good luck dawgs in the upcom­ing season.

  • Robert Scranton

    I am sorry to see Coach Sall leave the Bulldogs for the Wildcats but wish him well and hope he wins all his games except against the Dawgs. My wife and I had a chance to host the Bulldogs at our house when the came down to play Michigan, before the 11/12 sea­son and got to speak with he and the team. Was hop­ing that if he ever left Ferris it would be to a Big 10 team which would have been a great step up for him. Good luck dawgs in the upcom­ing season.

  • Robert Scranton

    I am sorry to see Coach Sall leave the Bulldogs for the Wildcats but wish him well and hope he wins all his games except against the Dawgs. My wife and I had a chance to host the Bulldogs at our house when the came down to play Michigan, before the 11/12 sea­son and got to speak with he and the team. Was hop­ing that if he ever left Ferris it would be to a Big 10 team which would have been a great step up for him. Good luck dawgs in the upcom­ing season.

  • Robert Scranton

    I am sorry to see Coach Sall leave the Bulldogs for the Wildcats but wish him well and hope he wins all his games except against the Dawgs. My wife and I had a chance to host the Bulldogs at our house when the came down to play Michigan, before the 11/12 sea­son and got to speak with he and the team. Was hop­ing that if he ever left Ferris it would be to a Big 10 team which would have been a great step up for him. Good luck dawgs in the upcom­ing season.