May 23, 2012

Kurtz to fly with the Eagles

Kevin McCarthy

It was F. Scott Fitzgerald who said "there are no second acts in American lives." It's too bad Fitzgerald isn't around today to meet Mike Kurtz because a change of mind would be in order.

photo of Mike Kurtz

After two years at UC Davis, the last one a redshirt season under a new head coach, Kurtz and the Aggies parted ways. The 7-footer then explored his college and basketball options and is now a Biola University Eagle, a member of Coach Dave Holmquist's basketball program.

Next season will be the 33rd year Holmquist has coached Eagle basketball and his squad is coming off a 27-9 overall record which featured a three game advancement in the national NAIA tournament.

So why Biola?

"There were a few big reasons," Kurtz said. "I liked the religious aspect of the Christian atmosphere, I loved the players and the coaches and I can play right away."

He has three years of eligibility remaining.

What can Eagle fans expect from Kurtz?

"I'll bring a presence in the key, shotblocking, an outside game plus passing and rebounding. I want to do whatever it takes for us to be successful."

The Woodcreek High graduate wanted to thank "my saviour Jesus Christ who gave me these talents, my parents who stuck by me through good and bad, my previous coaches and my friends."

Another northern California product on the Eagle roster is Trevor Fairrington, a freshman guard out of Capital Christian High.

Besides Biola, the other schools in the Golden State Athletic Conference are Westmont, The Masters, Vanguard, San Diego Christian, Hope International and Concordia. The latter won the national NAIA title this season.