Coaching carousel: G.L. track’s Spalsbury, DeWitt baseball’s Brya step down | | Lansing State Journal
Kim Spalsbury announced his retirement as Grand Ledge’s boys track and field coach at his team’s banquet. DeWitt baseball coach Mike Brya told his players he, too, was resigning after their Division 2 state quarterfinal loss to Milan.

“I was 90 percent sure coming into this season,” Spalsbury said. “But when this team worked as hard as it did and probably achieved a level to its full potential more than any other I have coached in 32 years, that made the decision easier.”

The Comets suffered heavy losses due to graduation and the early departure of former state champion sprinter James Jackson for Ohio State, where he’s playing football. But they still managed to repeat as CAAC Blue champions and finished runner-up in their Division 1 regional meet.

Spalsbury said he’d considered stepping down last year. He retired as a teacher two years ago.

“Over the summer, I decided I would go at least one more time around because Hutch (girls coach Fred Hutchinson) is doing a great job, but last year was still his first as a head track coach,” Spalsbury said.

Spalsbury will coach one more boys cross country season this fall at Grand Ledge and then retire from that position as well.

He will continue in his leadership positions with the Greater Lansing Honor Roll Track and Field Meet and the Greater Lansing Cross Country Championships.

Spalsbury’s legacy at Grand Ledge includes a current streak of 27 dual meet wins in a row.

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