High school weight room named for former coach

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published December 14, 2015

 The Roseville High School weight room is getting new equipment courtesy of the Rex E. Corless Fund.

The Roseville High School weight room is getting new equipment courtesy of the Rex E. Corless Fund.

Photo provided by Joe Genest


ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Community Schools Board of Education voted 5-0 during its regular meeting Dec. 7 to name Roseville High School’s weight room after the late Rex Corless, a teacher and coach at the school for 34 years.

Corless retired from the district in 1993 and died in 2008, according to Roseville High School Athletic Director Dennis Borse, but upon Corless’ death, his family established the Rex E. Corless Fund to help students in the school’s athletic programs. The fund helps pay for athletic gear or physicals.

“We had another sizable donation contributed to the fund this fall, and sometimes it gets a little tricky with using that fund to purchase for individual athletes, as it could impact their amateur status,” Borse said. “We got to talking about what we could use that money for in the remaining fund — what would have the biggest impact for the most students.”

Borse said they ultimately decided to use the money to renovate the high school’s weight and fitness room, which would benefit all of the school’s athletes and the students using it in the school’s weight training class. In honor of the contribution from the Rex E. Corless Fund, he said they wanted to name the weight room after Corless.

Superintendent John Kment said he remembers Corless as a role model during the man’s teaching days, and Kment added that Corless coached successful varsity football and basketball teams for years. Corless, a native of Coldwater, was always into sports, even before coming to Roseville, Kment said.

“He was the star of Coldwater,” Kment said. “He was the star basketball player; he was the star football player. He went to Michigan State, and if you look back at records, in 1953, Michigan State was in the Rose Bowl, and the star of the team was Rex Corless.”

In 1978, the state’s basketball tournament was dedicated to Corless, Kment said, in honor of what an “outstanding” basketball player he was.

“As I said when I started, he was a role model. He was a friend,” Kment said. “He tried to help kids whenever he could, and I surely go along with the recommendation to name the weight room after what he did for Roseville.”

Janni McLean, Corless’ daughter, said she and her brothers were “honored” to have the weight room named after their father, and they even started a GoFundMe page online to try to get some more money for the Rex E. Corless Fund so that they could contribute more to the project.

“My brothers and myself are all excited about this,” McLean said. “We are part of the Roseville family, and he’d be very honored to have this.”

Board members Ruth Green and Kevin Switanowski were not at the meeting.