Goshen College has named Jon Tropf head coach of its men’s basketball program. He has been interim coach since August. Tropf is a 2012 graduate of Eastern Michigan University and came to Goshen as an assistant coach in 2014. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2016 before assuming the reins when Neal Young resigned last summer. Before becoming a Maple Leaf, Tropf spent two seasons as a graduate manager at Oakland University.
With at least seven regular-season games left in his first season as head coach, Tropf has already become one of six GC men’s basketball coaches to win at least 10 games in his debut season.
Since joining the Goshen coaching staff, Tropf has also served as an event supervisor and announcer at baseball, softball and soccer games; an adjunct professor in the kinesiology department; coordinator of the Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center on campus and most recently an athletic department assistant focusing on compliance and eligibility.
As a player at Van Buren High School in Ohio, Tropf reached the quarterfinals of consecutive state basketball tournaments in 2007 and 2008. The 2017-18 Maple Leaf season has been a reunion of sorts from those days: one of Van Buren’s coaches, Mike Daniels, now works with Tropf as an assistant coach.
Tropf graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Michigan with a B.A. in history and received an M.A. in history at Oakland, where he was active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He spent four seasons as a men’s basketball manager, including three as head manager, at Eastern Michigan.