Former Roseville High basketball coach Hassan Nizam was named the head coach of the Macomb Community College men’s basketball program.

Former Roseville High basketball coach Hassan Nizam was named the head coach of the Macomb Community College men’s basketball program.

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Nizam named head man at Macomb Community College

By: Zachary Manning | C&G Newspapers | Published June 3, 2021


MACOMB COUNTY — When Hassan Nizam took over the Roseville High varsity boys basketball team, the coach had a clear picture of creating a winning culture and building a consistent contender at the state level.

Through his four years with the program, he was able to do just that, collecting 59 wins, three district championships and a regional title. With that success, the 26-year old will make the transition to the college game.

Nizam is now the head coach of the men’s basketball program at Macomb Community College, a program he has sent players to and received advice from over the years.

“We are very happy to add another strong coach to our staff,” MCC Athletic Director Bryan Rizzo said via a release. “We are confident [Nizam] will bring the enthusiasm and work ethic necessary to build and maintain a successful program both on and off the court. I look forward to working with him.”

Though coaching in college has been a dream of Nizam’s, the decision to leave Roseville wasn’t an easy one. With incredible support from administrators and the love for his players, the final goodbye was emotional.

Nizam noted that Roseville administration and players were sad about his departure but excited for his new opportunity. He added that, in sitting down with his returning players, tears were shed and memories were shared.

Nizam isn’t a stranger to the college game, as he spent a season as an assistant at the University of Michigan-Dearborn prior to taking over at Roseville. This is, however, his first head coaching job in the college ranks.

His motto at Roseville was “Get Better Every Day,” and he has no plans of changing that at MCC. He is in the process of building a staff, which he says will be a mix between experienced college coaches and some Roseville assistants.

“I didn’t want to leave Roseville unless it was really something special,” Nizam said. “When the Macomb job opened up, with it being right in the area, it became really appealing to me. Plus, what coach (Jim) Twigg did over there for a decade, he built a strong program that was really respected. The opportunity to come build on top of that and take the program to another level was very appealing to me.”  

The Monarchs went 3-8 last season under interim coach Blake Jackson. Before that, the program recorded five consecutive 15-plus win seasons, including two 20-win campaigns.

Nizam’s strategy has always been about building relationships and getting the most out of his players. Under Nizam, Roseville was known for strong defense, including leading the Macomb Area Conference Red Division in points allowed per game the last two seasons.

Along with former Monarchs coach Twigg, Nizam credits Warren De La Salle coach Gjon Djokaj, Dearborn Fordson coach Osama Abulhassan and former North Farmington coach Tom Negoshian for his rise as a coach.

Just like his vision at Roseville, Nizam knows he wants to turn MCC into a consistent winner, and one that can compete with some of the top programs around the nation.

Nizam said he has already hit the ground running with recruiting and building the culture he wants to see in the basketball program.

He also said that Roseville will always have a special place in his heart, and he will continue to support the program in any way possible.

“I’ve always looked at it from a perspective of be where your feet are at and do right by the people that you’re entrusted with,” Nizam said. “Ultimately, my only focus was Roseville basketball, and now my only focus is Macomb basketball. I’m really looking forward to building this thing into a winner in all facets. We want to win at everything we do.”