GVSU Mens Basketball

Grand Valley State Men's Basketball Camps

Coaching Staff

J.R. Wallace
Assistant Coach

Lawrence "J.R." Wallace enters his sixth season as an assistant coach at GVSU for the 2019-20 campaign, having joined the Laker coaching staff prior to the 2014-15 season.

During Wallace's time on the Laker coaching staff, Grand Valley State is 80-67 overall. The Lakers finished 19-13 (10-10 GLIAC) and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nearly a decade in the 2018-19 campaign after going 14-15 (9-11 GLIAC) in the 2017-18 season following a 16-13 (12-9 GLIAC) in 2016-17, which came after an 18-11 record (12-10 GLIAC) in 2015-16. In his inaugural year on the bench, Wallace and Grand Valley State finished 13-15 overall (9-13 GLIAC).

Over the past five years, GVSU has totaled nine All-GLIAC selections and placed a player on the 10-member GLIAC All-Defensive Team in four of the five seasons. Grand Valley State has appeared in the conference tournament in each of the past four years, cutting down the nets in 2019 Tournament to become the first-ever 7-seed to win the bracket.

A late surge in the 2018-19 season saw the Lakers make an improbable run to cut down the nets as GLIAC Tournament champions, becoming the lowest seed to ever win the tournament, doing so as the 7-seed in the bracket. GVSU would go 19-13 on the year and 10-10 in conference play. The Lakers won their first GLIAC Tournament title since 2008 and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010. Hunter Hale earned first team All-GLIAC honors, Jake Van Tubbergen earned second team for the second straight year and Isaiah Brock was named to the All-Defensive team.

In 2017-18, the Lakers led the GLIAC in rebounding margin (+7) while finishing second in rebounds per game (39.1)... Two Lakers finished in the top-5 in the GLIAC in field goal percentage, including Freshman of the Year Jake Van Tubbergen, who was joined by transfer Hunter Hale as second team All-GLIAC honorees...

In 2016-17, the Lakers led the GLIAC in points per game allowed (67.4), opponents' field goal percentage (39.2), and rebounding margin (+6.1). The team's 39.2 opponents' shooting percentage was tied for second-best in all of Division II, while GVSU finished 19th in the country in scoring defense.

GVSU was second in the league in points per game allowed (68.1) and opponents' field goal percentage (40.9) in 2015-16, while leading the league with a +6.9 rebounding margin, as well as free throws made (16.9) and attempted (24.7) per game.

Grand Valley State also led the conference in free throws made (19.8) and attempted (26.9) during Wallace's first year, while ranking second and third in opponents' three-point percentage (32.9) and field goal percentage (41.7), respectively in 2014-15.

Originally from Muskegon and now living in Wyoming, Wallace has worked at a number of youth camps, clinics, and through the AAU basketball level. He most recently worked with the Grand Rapids Storm AAU team and as a youth advocate at Wyoming Junior High School.

Wallace had a productive career at Central Michigan, which was capped off by a strong senior season. After playing in 62 games during his first three years at CMU, he took his game to the next level as a senior in 2002-03. Named an All-Mid American Conference Honorable Mention selection, Wallace averaged 14.3 points per game and knocked down 59 three-pointers.

He had terrific shooting percentages that season, making 49.5 percent of his overall attempts, connecting on 39.9 percent of his triple tries, and shooting 86.9 percent at the free throw line. The free throw figure is the sixth-best in a single season in Central Michigan history. Wallace’s 105 assists in 2002-03 led the Chippewas, while he also was the CMU leader in steals during the 2001-02 (1.2 steals per game) and 2002-03 (1.6) seasons.

A four-year letterwinner at Central Michigan, Wallace won a pair of MAC championships in 2001 and 2003 and earned MAC All-Tournament Team honors in 2003. He was a captain on the 2003 Chippewa team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

He enjoyed a very nice professional career, playing in Argentina, Chile, Spain, and Venezuela, where he enjoyed a few league championships and all-star game appearances. During his high school career at Reeths-Puffer High School, Wallace was a First Team All-State selection and finished sixth in the voting for Michigan’s Mr. Basketball in 1999. He ended up as the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Wallace is the brother of former Laker players Jerry (2003-06) and Marcus (2004-05). In 2012, J.R., Jerry, and Marcus co-founded the Wallace Brothers Basketball Youth Camp in Muskegon. Their uncle, Mark Hughes, played at Michigan and in the NBA and is currently the Director of Scouting for the New York Knicks.

In 2013, J.R. completed his Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State and received his Master's degree from GVSU in May 2016. Just two months earlier, J.R. and his wife Angel welcomed their son L.J. to the family.

Taylor Johnson
Assistant Coach

Taylor Johnson enters his fourth season on the GVSU coaching staff in the 2019-20 campaign. The Lakers are fresh off a GLIAC Conference Tournament Championship in 2019 and an NCAA Tournament Appearance. The Lakers are 49-41 (34-30 GLIAC) in his first three seasons on staff. Johnson was named an assistant coach on the Laker staff on July 7, 2016 after spending the previous three years as a graduate assistant coach at North Carolina State.

Johnson is integral in all recruiting efforts for the Lakers and his responsibilities also include offensive play calling, opponents scouting, scheduling, and Team Camps. In his three seasons for Grand Valley he has helped develop six Lakers to All-Conference Honors as the Team has equal success this past season with 19 wins and an NCAA bid.

Grand Valley State went 19-13  (13-10 GLIAC) in 2018-19 after a 14-15 (9-11 GLIAC) mark in 2017-18... The Lakers have reached the GLIAC Tournament in all three seasons with Johnson on staff and six Lakers have earned All-GLIAC honors plus two All-Defensive Team nods and a Freshman of the Year honor.

The 2018-19 Lakers were led by Hunter Hale, who was first Team All-GLIAC after leading the Lakers in scoring with 17 ppg, and Jake Van Tubbergen a second Team All-GLIAC honoree at 14.3 ppg… The Lakers had a historic run to the Conference Tournament Championship, becoming the first 7-seed to ever win the Tournament while upsetting the top three seeds in the process. The Lakers returned to the Top 25 polls for the first time this season, coming in at No. 24 in the D2CCA poll... The Lakers also had 3 Top 25 victories, all on the road, including a win over No. 7 Ashland for GVSU's first road win against a national top-10 team since 2003.

The 2017-18 team led the GLIAC in rebounding margin (+7) while finishing second in rebounds per game... Hunter Hale knocked down 67 three-pointers, the eighth-most in a single season in GVSU history, to earn All-GLIAC second team honors along with Jake Van Tubbergen, who also earned GLIAC Freshman of the Year...

In 2016-17, the Lakers led the GLIAC in points per game allowed (67.4), opponents' field goal percentage (39.2), and rebounding margin (+6.1). The team's 39.2 opponents' shooting percentage was tied for second-best in all of Division II, while GVSU finished 19th in the country in scoring defense.

During his three seasons at NC State, Johnson was given a number of responsibilities, including coordinating scouting reports, editing game film and handling film exchange, player analysis, and scheduling. He also assisted in arranging on-campus recruiting activities and tracking student-athletes' academic progress. Johnson was instrumental in running the Mark Gottfried Summer Basketball camps, the former head coach at NC State.

The Wolfpack totaled a 59-46 overall record in Johnson's three years on staff. In his first season of 2013-14, NC State finished 21-15 and advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament, while defeating Xavier in the NCAA Tournament. The following year, the Wolfpack went 22-14 and had a number of big victories en route to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. NC State upset #2 Duke in an 87-75 home win, while also knocking off #15 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 58-46.

In the 2014-15 postseason, the Wolfpack defeated LSU and Villanova in the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament before falling in the Sweet Sixteen. NC State finished 16-17 in the 2015-16 campaign, but scored a top-25 victory by taking down #22 LSU by an 83-72 score in Brooklyn, NY.

Prior to his arrival at NC State, Johnson spent two years as the head student manager at Western Michigan. In his first year at WMU, the Broncos finished 21-13 and won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division championship.

Johnson also worked for a year as a volunteer student assistant and recruiting coordinator at Southeastern, an NAIA institution in Lakeland, Fla. While at Southeastern, he helped sign five student-athletes, including the program's first-ever Florida Top-50 recruit where he helped lead the team to the NCCAA National Championship game in 2010.

He has coached at multiple basketball camps including Michigan State, Oakland, Detroit Pistons Year Round Hoops, Bankhoops, Camp Darryl, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, among others.

Johnson graduated from Western Michigan in 2013 with honors in organizational communications and business. He also received his Master's degree in Family and Youth Studies from North Carolina State in 2015.

Jairyn Moore
Student Assistant

Jairyn enters his second season as a student assistant in 2018-19. He is a sport management major from Kentwood, Michigan.