MIO - When the people of Mio think basketball, they think Ty McGregor. The aspiring leader of the Thunderbolts’ 1988 title team (28-0), McGregor’s talent and hard work has taken him from his hometown and around the world

During his four years in high school, McGregor achieved many goals: 2 time 1st team All-State Player, Dream Team captain, and McDonald's All-American nominee. Along with accomplishing many personal goals, McGregor also lead his team to a State Championship in 1988. (28-0 record).

Basketball has always been a big part of McGregor's life.

"I grew up with a coach in my household, my father." McGregor said, "I learned so much about life and basketball from that experience. And carry with my so many joyous memories from the game.”

McGregor continued his basketball career at Oakland University in 1990, where he was a 4-year starter and 2-year captain. He scored over 1000 career points, became, and still is, the seventh all-time leader in career assists, two-time Al-Conference Defensive Player, and lead his team to their first NCAA tournament bid.

Oakland University's head coach Greg Kampe said McGregor wanted nothing else but to be a great basketball player.

“All the other things didn't matter to him,” Kampe said. “He had a tremendous work ethic and worked extremely hard at his game."

Kampe said McGregor was a leader on and off the court.

"He was someone I counted on to do everything and lead the other kids,” he added.

After college, McGregor became an assistant coach from 1996-1998 at Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University.

In 1998, McGregor traveled overseas to play professional basketball in Denmark for Værløse and Horsens IC basketball teams. McGregor lead the teams to playoff berths in each season he played, along with having the single season scoring and assist titles.

"Playing professional basketball, like most all youth ballers at some point in their youth years, was always a goal and dream of mine." McGregor said. "Having the opportunity to earn a living ‘playing the game’ you love so much. (I) spent countless hours of training, and shed so much blood, sweat, and tears for (something that) was rewarding in so many ways ... It was an honor carrying that ‘Small-Town-USA’ chip on my shoulder, as I traveled the world living the American Boy-Hood basketball dream."

McGregor also coached for Værløse and Horsens IC in 1999, 2002, and 2014.

"Coaching professional basketball was the “Icing on the cake’ for me." said McGregor. "Coaching professionally expedited my learning on the game, having to coach at such an elite level against other professional coaches … with expectations at an all-time high. As a coach, every practice, game, and season provides the opportunity to learn and grow.”

From 2006-2008 McGregor coached varsity boys basketball at Mio-AuSable. He moved to the college ranks, leading the girls teams at Kirtland Community College from 2007-13.

McGregor is currently director and coach of the boys and girls McGregor Athletic Complex (M.A.C.) Practicing Accountability and Character (P.A.C.) Organization and since 2018, is once again the head coach of the Mio-AuSable Varsity boys basketball team.

McGregor said he coaches to make a difference.

 "It allows me to encourage discovery and initiative. I coach so I can give back to the game that has provided so much for my family and me. I coach because we are all active participants in each other’s learning and coaching. (It) provides me the opportunity to learn & share lessons on the most important game of all, the game of life."



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