The Lakes Staff & Coaches. Get to know them!
This will be Sasha’s third year as Athletic Director at Great Lakes Christian College. Sasha graduated from Great Lakes in 2014 with her Bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications. Sasha also played volleyball and basketball here at Great Lakes and will serve as the women’s assistant volleyball coach for the school as well.
Sasha graduated from East Lansing High School and spent time working in many areas for the YMCA in Lansing, MI. Sasha has a background in community outreach and developing programs for children of all ages, in building character and faith. Sasha and her husband, Josh, currently reside in Lansing, MI.
Men's Head Soccer Coach
Lennie Mailand has been around soccer for nearly 40 years as a player, referee, and coach. He began his soccer career at John Wesley College where he was a four-year starter, and played for a team that finished at the NCCAA National Runner-up in 1978. He was an assistant at University of Wisconsin-Platteville and has been head coach at Bartleville Wesleyan College (now Oklahoma Wesleyan University), Tri-State University (now Trine University), and Great Lakes Christian College.
He currently serves as Club Director for the L.A. Dragons, a greater Lansing area youth sports ministry providing interscholastic playing opportunities for home-educating families and others. This will be Coach Mailand's third season as the men's head soccer coach here at Great Lakes.
Head Women's Volleyball Coach
Coach Ryan Miller has been coaching volleyball for 6 total years including 12 seasons of club teams and 6 seasons of High School. Ryan started as Varsity Assistant Coach at Holt High School in 2012 where the team achieved CAAC Conference Championship. He then earned the Head Coaching job at Lansing Catholic High School. During his 5-year tenure at Lansing Catholic Ryan led the team to several school records including the school’s first ever Conference Championship in 2015, and then winning again back-to-back in 2016. (10-0, 9-1 respectively). The team also earned the school’s first ever volleyball District Championship in 2015. Coach Miller’s team earned the best overall records in volleyball twice; once in 2014 (24-14), and topping their own record in 2016 (26-12). In 2016 Lansing State Journal announced Coach Miller as the All-Area Coach honors in Class B. Coach Miller in 2014 helped create a new club volleyball program in Lansing called Ballistic Volleyball. Along with several other coaches the club has grown consistently and now oversee more than 15 regional teams.
Coach Miller hopes to bring his knowledge and passion for volleyball to Great Lakes Christian and continue building on a successful program. He believes that there is a profound connection between lessons learned in sports and in life. His goal is to help strengthen that connection for the students.
WoMen's Basketball Coach
Josh Lockwood is back coaching the Great Lakes women’s basketball program for the 2017-18 season, and his seventh year coaching at Great Lakes. Coach Lockwood spent four years as the assistant coach for the men’s basketball program here at Great Lakes, and spent time coaching middle school and high school basketball programs before coming to Great Lakes. Coach Lockwood served as the head women’s basketball coach during the 2015-16 season and as the head men's basketball coach during the 2016-17 season at the school.
Coach Lockwood believes that basketball is another avenue on building faith and character within God's Kingdom. Coach Lockwood is a native of Corunna, Michigan, and is currently serving as Director of Admissions here at Great Lakes. Josh and his wife, Sasha, who is the Athletic Director at Great Lakes and is a graduate of the school, currently reside in Lansing, Michigan.
Men's Head Basketball Coach
As a native of the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Coach Crosby has always loved the game of basketball and has stayed close to the game since relocating to Flint, MI in 2004. Coach Crosby's college education journey began at Mott Community College and continued at Northwood University. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors in Business Administration. Coach Crosby coached both girls and boys basketball at Bunche and Brownell Elementary in the city of Flint from 2005-2009. His passion and heart’s desire is to develop the youth of this generation in the spirit of excellence by teaching life principles through the game of basketball. More recently, Coach Crosby was the Assistant Men’s basketball coach at Flint Genesee Job Corps Center for the past two and a half years with a winning season of 25-3. Coach Crosby is currently employed with Alutiiq Professional Youth Services (DBA Flint Genesee Job Corps) as the Finance Manager where he has thrived in several positions over the past six years and have been recognized with certificates for his leadership qualities by both management and the student body. Through community partnerships and sponsorships, Coach Crosby has facilitated multiple free basketball clinics with various giveaways in the city of Flint for youth ages ranging from 5-15 entitled “The Husky Clinic”.
Personally, Coach Crosby is a bible believer and understands the importance of walking in purpose. He is a man who enjoys spending time with his family. He is married to his beloved wife of six years, Robin E. Crosby. Coach Crosby has a beautiful daughter, Brianna Crosby, who is enjoying her high school experience in Chicago, IL. Coach Crosby is a licensed ordained minister in the Church of God in Christ and serves as Youth pastor and Sunday school Superintendent under the tutelage of his pastor Superintendent Steve A. Hawkins, Sr.-El Shaddai Ministries, Flint, MI, to whom he attributes much of his manhood and ministry growth. He has also served as the Youth President of Michigan Southeast Jurisdiction for three years under the leadership of Bishop Roger L. Jones, Sr. - Prelate. Coach Crosby is deeply rooted in community involvement through volunteer events, faith based church services, neighborhood beautification and outreach efforts. He ascribes his success to God first, his mother, Eunice Crosby, for excellent home training and self-respect and many others that have played major roles in his life.
Coach Crosby's passion and gifting is most evident working with young men from all walks of life. He takes his calling to mentor to heart and guard its responsibility with integrity and accountability with principles from the bible. Coach Crosby is excited and thankful to GLCC for the opportunity to lead the Men’s Basketball 2017-2018 season as head coach and looks forward to winning by serving and preparing the young men to be “Servant-Leaders in the church and world”.
Associate Head men's Soccer Coach
I played and was the captain for my high school from which I was scouted to play in League 2 at the age of 15. I had a 2 year spell with Nante FC. I moved to the United States and played for a local club in North Carolina after which I tried out for an MLS team and played for 6 months. I later had a brief spell playing Futsal with Lansing City after I moved to Michigan. During that time , I started coaching three teams for Lansing soccer club, East Lansing soccer club (CASL) and Chill soccer club (premiere). I am now working on my second BA in business Administration at Michigan State. My favorite team is Real Madrid and Christian Ronaldo being my favorite player. My other passions are music, acting and dancing.