Mike Ingram earns another hoop honor
By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief
LCC Men’s Head Basketball Coach Mike Ingram was recently elected into The Basketball Coaches Association (BCAM) of Michigan Hall of Fame.
Ingram was previously inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball Coach’s Hall of Fame.
“It was a great feeling when I found out,” Ingram said. “I was driving alone when I got the call.
“When I was elected to the NJCAA Hall of Fame, my longtime assistant, Terry Harris, was with me when I got the call. He was laughing and hitting me on my back, congratulating me, he was really happy for me. This time I was alone and it was very humbling and kind of emotional; a ‘wow’ moment.”
The BCAM inducted its first members to the Hall of Fame in 1985. Over 140 coaches have been inducted.
According to the BCAM website, inductees must have coached varsity or college head basketball for 20 years or more, and/or accumulated 300 or more victories, to qualify for the Hall of Fame.
Additionally, applicants are required to be a BCAM member for a minimum of five years. Four coaches are typically inducted each year.
Ingram texted his family upon getting the news and they shared in his happiness.
His son, Layne Ingram, is the LCC women’s head basketball coach.
“I am so proud of my dad,” Layne said. “My heart was beating out of my chest when I heard because he’s a great coach, a great guy and a great dad. I have a national and state hall of fame dad!”
Layne said he is proud that his dad has over 600 wins and three top 10 national finishes, but he is more proud that Mike has been a great mentor, leader, father figure and coach to so many.
“It means a lot to me and my family that he was recognized with this honor,” Layne said. “It shows what a great program he’s built at LCC and the impact he has had on our community, locally and statewide.”
Mike Ingram said he did not achieve this honor alone. He credits the players and teams that believed in him and the assistant coaches he has had over the years.
“It’s been great hearing from them,” Ingram said. “That’s really been the best part, and that’s what I was looking forward to, to talk with my former players and assistants. It also validates the confidence that Art Frank had in me when he recommended me for the job.”
Another person who shared his feelings about Ingram is LCC Athletic Director Greg Mallek.
“Mike Ingram being inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan is well deserved,” Mallek said. “If you take a look at not only his win-loss record, but the number of conference championships he has (won) … the number of All Americans he has developed, and what he has done for the basketball community in the Lansing area and the state of Michigan, it was an easy choice.”
Mallek said basketball is a way of life for Ingram.
“Not only has he coached for 30-plus years, but two of his children are college coaches and three of them played college basketball,” Mallek said. “I feel extremely privileged to work with him, as well as call him a friend.”
Health permitting, this upcoming season will be Ingram’s 30th as LCC men’s head basketball coach.
“My hope is that we have a season and play,” Ingram said. “Lansing Community College has a reputation for having winning programs.
“(In) the last two years we have just been OK. I want to win a couple more championships, but I want to win it when everyone can come to campus; (when) the students, faculty, administrators, teams and fans can come in a safe and healthy environment.”