A Family Tradition: Redmans Leading the Way at Boyne City

BOYNE CITY – As the basketball season tips off in Boyne City his week, the word “family” comes to mind.

That’s because the Ramblers have added another Redman to the fold.

After coaching at the eighth-grade level a year ago, Julie Redman begins her first season as head coach of the varsity girls program. Her husband Nick Redman is entering his ninth season as head coach of the boys program and 17th overall, having led Boyne City to five district championships since 2010 and the 2015 Class C state semifinals.

The Redmans also passed down their basketball genes to their children, as two of the couple’s three sons have gone on to play collegiately, with Corey currently playing guard as a redshirt sophomore for Central Michigan, while Jay played downstate at NAIA Division II Lawrence Tech.

The Redman’s youngest son Corey (third from left) is a redshirt sophomore at Central Michigan.

First meeting as sophomores in high school, the Redmans, who have been married for 29 years, both played at Boyne City.

“Being the varsity coach is a huge, huge step,” Julie Redman said. “We do talk about it a lot at home. If I have a question I’ll ask him. He’s (Nick) really helpful, but I honestly would really like to do a lot myself.”

“I’ve learned that right away is not to step on toes, and I think she wants to do it her way. … She’s dedicated,” added Nick Redman. “I took her to a couple coaching camps with me, clinics, and she’s working hard to get better, and it’ll be exciting.”

Meeting as sophomores in high school, all three of the couple’s sons suited up for Boyne City.

After watching her sons from the stands, returning to the court as a coach was an important move for Julie Redman.

“It’s very important. … I played in high school, and I just kind of sat back and watched my boys play, and then kind of got into coaching from there,” she said.

Julie Redman inherits a program that went 3-18 a year ago and has won just eight games over the last three seasons.

Although success hasn’t come easy for the Ramblers in recent years, the coaching hire has sparked a level of excitement in the program.

“It’s a lot of learning at first,” Boyne City senior Olivia Looz said. “It’s slow it down, get you know used to the pace and stuff like that, but once we have the hang of it, it’s just like anything else. She’s a lot of fun.”

“It’s a learning experience for the girls,” added Julie Redman. “They’re learning who I am, I’m learning who they are, which has been great.”

The Boyne City girls tip off their season at home against Bellaire on Wednesday, while the boys open at Johannesburg-Lewiston on Monday.

Categories: Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball