Northern Lights Award honors longtime coach

NORTHERN LIGHTS: Dave Newcombe, the 2017 Northern Lights award for Outdoor Sports and Recreation, waves to the crowd at halftime of a recent Ferris State University basketball game when the award was announced. (Courtesy photo/Ferris State University)

NORTHERN LIGHTS: Dave Newcombe, the 2017 Northern Lights award for Outdoor Sports and Recreation, waves to the crowd at halftime of a recent Ferris State University basketball game when the award was announced. (Courtesy photo/Ferris State University)

Submitted by Spectrum Health
BIG RAPIDS — For his leadership and service to the community, Dave Newcombe was awarded the 2017 Northern Lights award for Outdoor Sports and Recreation.

Newcombe, a longtime Big Rapids resident, was honored with the award during halftime at a recent Ferris State University basketball game against Grand Valley State University. The Northern Lights awards are given by the Spectrum Health Foundation Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals each year to recognize the contributions of outstanding individuals, groups or programs making a difference in the region.

Newcombe has been a coach and supporter of local sports for years. He served as a Little League baseball coach for 10 years, coaching teams from T-ball to the American Legion team. For the past three seasons, Newcombe has served as an umpire.

He also has volunteered as an assistant girls’ basketball coach for Big Rapids High School’s varsity and junior varsity teams for five seasons. Newcombe operates the clock and scoreboard for the basketball games, and is a chain crew member for the high school football games.

In addition to his service to Big Rapids High School, Newcombe also has been an essential part of Ferris State University’s sports programs. For 20 years, he has served as the scoreboard operator for FSU basketball games. Newcombe also is seen on the sidelines and as the game clock operator for FSU football for the past 18 seasons. He will be retiring at the end of the 2017 baseball season.

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