Associate Head Coach
Jack Ginn enters his eighth year at Grand Valley State as the associate head coach. Ginn moved back to coaching the wide receivers in 2014 aftter coaching the quarterbacks in 2013.
His 2015 receiving group set a GVSU single-season record for receiving yards with 4,283. Junior Matt Williams earned all-america honors after hauling in 72 receptions for 1,357 yards and 17 TDs, while Jamie Potts caught 44 passes for 821 yards and 12 scores en route to earning All-GLIAC honors. Ginn tutored three young receivers to great heights in 2015 as sophomore Brandon Bean (33-628-6), freshman Nick Dodson (32-479-5) and sophomore Urston Smith (21-344-3) combined for 86 receptions, 1,451 yards and 14 TDs. The GVSU passing game ranked in the top 10 of virtually every category, including first in receiving TDs and second in receiving yards.
Ginn tutored a depleted injury plauged receiving unit in 2014 that helped the Lakers go 6-2 in the final eight games. WR Jamie Potts earned honorable mention all-america plaudits after catching 54 passes for 905 yards and 10 TDs.
Due to injuries Ginn had to mentor two different starting quarterbacks during the 15-game schedule. However, that did not slow the offense as GVSU averaged 35.0 points, 431.3 yards of total offense per game and 6.8 yards per play in 2013. Heath Parling and Isiah Grimes combined to throw for 3,671 yards and 35 TDs. In addition to coaching the quarterbacks in 2013, Ginn played a major role in the development of wide receiver Brandon Green and tight end Jamie Potts. Green hauled in 53 catches for 1,210 yards and six TDs en route to earning First-Team Alll-GLIAC honors, while Potts caught 54 passes for 899 yards and 11 TDs. Potts earned all-america honors in addition to being named First-Team All-GLIAC.
Ginn is known for an innovative, yet balanced offensive scheme. Since his arrival, GVSU has led the GLIAC and ranked in the top 20 nationally in virtually every offensive category. GVSU has averaged over 35.0 points and 450 yards per game during Ginn’s tenure with the Lakers. Ginn has tutored eight offensive players that have earned All-GLIAC first or second-team honors in his six years.
Ginn started the North Carolina Wesleyan football program in 2004 and quickly established the Blue & Gold as a USA South contender. In four years, he compiled a 23-17 overall record and an 18-9 USA South mark, having produced the first-ever undefeated conference champion with a 7-0 league record in 2007. Additionally, Ginn produced 42 All-Conference players, two Defensive Rookies of the Year, two Offensive Rookies of the Year, and two Offensive Players of the Year.
North Carolina Wesleyan earned its first NCAA Tournament berth and playoff win in 2007, becoming the first-ever #8 seed to knock off a #1 seed when the Bishops upset Washington and Jefferson by a 35-34 score. In just four seasons of play, Ginn took North Carolina Wesleyan from unknown status to a spot in the Division National III top 25.
Ginn joined North Carolina Wesleyan with 15 years of college coaching experience, including stints at NCAA Division I, II, and III institutions. In those 15 seasons, Ginn was a part of 130 victories and just 28 defeats, having spent almost equal time coaching offense and defense.
Prior to coming to North Carolina Wesleyan, Ginn served two years as an assistant coach at Shepherd College, an NCAA Division II school in Shepherdstown, WV. During his tenure, Shepherd compiled a two-year record of 15-5, and set 16 offensive school records. From 1997-2000, Ginn was the Offensive Coordinator at Wartburg College, a NCAA Division III school in Waverly, IA . His offense averaged 35 points per game over the four-year period, setting 19 school records and helping Wartburg achieve a 35-6 record.
Ginn began his coaching career in 1987 as a part-time assistant at his alma mater, Emory & Henry College. Emory & Henry concluded the 1987 campaign with an appearance in the NCAA Division III national semifinals. Ginn spent the 1988 and 1989 seasons as a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois. The Illini played in the 1988 All-American Bowl (vs. Florida) and the 1990 Florida Citrus Bowl (vs. Virginia). Ginn returned to his alma mater in the fall of 1990, coaching the secondary for six years. Emory & Henry won four conference championships and compiled a record of 49-14 during his stay.
Ginn and his wife, Sherri, have three children: daughter Katherine (21), son Adam (16), and son Carter (15).
Tim Morrison enters his seventh year coaching the offensive line and his fourth as the Grand Valley State offensive coordinator. Morrison has solidified himself as one of the top offensive minds and offensive line coaches in the country, evidenced by his tutoring 15 All-GLIAC performers in seven years.
Morrison guided one of the top offenses in the country in 2015, evidenced by ranking among the national leaders in virtually every category. GVSU averaged 38.4 points, 285.5 yards passing yards, 171.9 rushing yards and 457.5 yards of total offense in 2015. The Laker offense passed for a single-season record 4,283 yards, averaging 15.5 yards per catch and 8.8 yards per pass. Senior OG Jim Walsh garnered All-GLIAC and all-america honrs, while fellow senior, Brandon Revenberg, was an All-GLIAC honoree.
The 2014 offensive unit battled injuries to every position group, but still managed 396.0 yards per game. The Lakers’ offensive line, which entered the season with just two starters, proved to be among the best in the GLIAC at the conclusion of the campaign. Jim Walsh and Brandon Revernberg both earned All-GLIAC honors on the offensive line.
Morrison guided the Laker offensive line and offensive unit as a whole to an outstanding 2013 campaign. The Lakers averaged 35.0 points and 431.3 yards per game. GVSU used two starting quarterbacks due to injury and that duo combined to throw for 3,671 passing yards and 35 TDs. Three primary running backs also had to be used due to various injuries throughout the season and that group rushed for 2,798 yards and 32 TDs. The Laker offensive line was led by consensus all-american and the Rimington Award winner as the top center in the country in Matt Armstrong. Jim Walsh also earned All-GLIAC honors.
The 2012 offense ranked among the leaders nationally and the GVSU offensive line keyed that scoring punch. GVSU ranked sixth nationally in scoring (41.9 ppg), second in the GLIAC and 13th nationally in total yards per game (474.5), while ranking 10th nationally in sacks allowed (0.73).
Morrison’s 2011 offensive line led the GLIAC and ranked sixth nationally in sacks allowed (10). The Laker offensive line paved the way for a balanced offensive attack. GVSU led the GLIAC in rushing (226.4), total offense (467.5) and scoring (42.3) in 2011, while ranking fifth in passing (240.9). GVSU ranked sixth nationally in scoring and 10th in total offense.
Morrison’s offensive line in 2010 played a key role in an offense that ranked nationally in several categories, including 14th in rushing offense (216.3), 16th in scoring offense (36.1) and 17th in total offense (437.6).
Morrison tutored three All-GLIAC honorees in 2010, including first-team performers Cameron Bradfield and Matt Armstrong. Bradfield signed a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Armstrong is a preseason all-american.
Prior to his arrival at GVSU, Morrison spent nine years as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Wartburg. In addition, Morrison spent the two years (2008-2009) as the offensive coordinator for the Knights. Wartburg was 66-17 during his time on the staff, including four trips to the NCAA DIII playoffs. The Knights ranked as one of the top offensive units in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and in Division III with Morrison at the helm of the offense. Wartburg used a balanced attack en route to setting several team and individual records, while his offensive lines allowed just 48 quarterback sacks in over 1,600 passing attempts from 2002-2009. Tim spent two years (1999-2000) coaching the linebackers and special teams at Allegheny College.
Morrison earned four letters (1995-1999) and was the starting fullback for three seasons at Wartburg. He was voted team captain as a senior. Morrison earned a B.A. degree in secondary education at Wartburg in 1999 and completed his masters of arts in education degree from Viterbo (Wis.) University in July of 2007. Tim and his wife, Betsy, reside in Grandville with daughter Harper (4)
Matt Vitzthum enters his fourth year on the Laker coaching staff and third as the quarterback coach. Prior to arriving at Grand Valey State Vitzthum was the quarterback coach at Wittenberg University.
Vitzthum tutored the top freshman QB in the country and one of the top quarterbacks in the country regardless of class in Bart Williams. Williams led the nation in TD passes with 45, while completing 273-of-480 passes for a GVSU single-season record 4,206 yards. Williams’ 12 wins as a freshman QB ranked second in GVSU annals behind Cullen Finnerty’s 13 wins as a starter in 2003. Bart ranked among the national leaders in every QB category and guided the Laker offense to averages of 38.4 points, 285.5 yards passing yards, 171.9 rushing yards and 457.5 yards of total offense.
His tutored a pair of quarterbacks through an injury riddled 2014 campaign. Seniors Heath Parling and Isiah Grimes battled through injuries the entire season and guided the Lakers to a 6-2 mark the final eight games of the season.
Vitzthum mentored one of the most productive running back units in the country in 2013. The group rushed for 2,798 yards and 32 TDs, while accounting for 186.5 yards per game. Michael Ratay (1,012), Chris Robinson (880) and Kirk Spencer (450) led the way for the Laker rushing game. Ratay earned All-GLIAC honors, but missed the final six games with an injury, while Spencer missed the middle portion of the season. Robinson was coming back from a season ending injury in 2012.
Vitzthum joined the Wittenberg coaching staff in 2012 after spending three years at St. Cloud State as a graduate assistant coach. Wittenberg finished with a 10-2 mark and advanced to the second round of the NCAA DIII Playoffs during the 2012 campaign. He tutored an all-conference quarterback and helped direct an offense that led the league in total offense, passing efficiency and scoring.
Vitzthum served as the video coordinator and also coached both the tight ends and running backs at St. Cloud State, helping the team to a three-year record of 30-7, including two trips to the NCAA DII football playoffs. He coached three players who earned all-conference honors as St. Cloud State advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament in both 2010 and 2011.
Matt played three years of football at Wartburg College, earning Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year and a varsity letter during his playing career. While working toward his bachelor of arts in business administration that he earned in 2009, Vitzthum spent two years serving as a student assistant coach, assisting the offensive coordinator with game plans and conducting weekly scout team meetings.
Matt and his wife, Alyssa, reside in Grandville.
Michael Hatcher is in his first year on the Grand Valley State coaching staff as the running back coach. Hatcher was most recently the running back coach at Wartburg College.
"We are excited to have Mike come back and rejoin the Grand Valley State football program," said head coach Matt Mitchell. "Mike was an outstanding player for us and understands the culture that we operate under and knows the expectations that come with being a part of the Grand Valley State football program."
Hatcher was a key figure in the Wartburg running game that helped produce a 9-1 record in 2015. The Knights rushed for 2,072 yards and 31 touchdowns in 10 games. In addition, the Wartburg offense averaged 470.8 yards and 36.7 points per game.
Mike was a four-year starter for the Lakers on the gridiron, playing in 42 career games. He notched 111 total tackles, 28 pass breakup, three interceptions and seven tackles for loss. GVSU appeared in the NCAA DII playoffs twice during his career, including the 2013 campaign when the Lakers advanced to the NCAA DII semifinals and finished with a 12-3 record.
"I am honored to join the Grand Valley State football coaching staff," said Hatcher. "Having been a part of the program as a player, I truly understand the expectations that come with putting on the GVSU football uniform and I intend to coach and mentor my players and help them become productive student-athletes," added Hatcher.