Chelsea’s Josh Tropea has been a winner everywhere he goes and has a knack for turning basketball programs around. He showed that when he took Milan from a 2 win season before he took over and turned then into Class B State Champions in 2014, in just 5 short years. He has been Chelsea’s head coach the last two seasons and he took over a struggling 3 win program and got them tied for second place in the SEC White Division in this last season, with a 16-6 record, the Bulldogs best in 9 years. But now he has decided it’s time to move up and he recently accepted an assistant coaching position at Spring Arbor University. He will still remain a special education teacher at Beach Middle School in Chelsea.
On Wednesday morning, Chelsea Athletic Director Brad Bush announced the promotion of Mark Moundros as Tropea’s replacement. Moundros has served as an assistant with the boys program for four years and is also a teacher at Chelsea High School.
“We are excited to keep the continuity of the program moving forward,” Bush said in an email. “Mark has great respect amongst the students and staff. He will do a great job continuing to move our program forward.”
Tropea leaves Chelsea in a good position with 8 players returning for their senior season and 6 with 3-year varsity experience. Not to mention he is leaving them in good hands with Moundros and all the great memories, advice, and experience Tropea has taught the players.
Now Tropea will get a chance to prove his worth in the college coaching world while working under Spring Arbor coach Ryan Cottingham.
Spring Arbor is coming off an 8-22 season during which it won two of 18 games in the Division II Crossroads League of the NAIA. The program last had a winning record in 2012-13 when it went 23-12 overall
“We are adding one of the top coaches in the state to our staff,” Cottingham said in a press release. “He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the game, and he is committed to impacting lives.
“Josh is a ‘basketball junkie’ with contagious energy and a drive to excel. He makes an outstanding staff even better, and I am blessed to be surrounded by such an incredible group of individuals.”
The Cougars open the 2016-17 season Oct. 28 at the Crossroads League/WHAC Challenge at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids.
We here at SEMS wish coach Tropea all the best in his new venture and thank him for the hard work he did at Chelsea.