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Warren, MI. - The Lake Michigan Admirals have called St. Joseph, Michigan their home
since May of 2009, and after two seasons in the American Basketball Association
(ABA) and five in the Premier Basketball League (PBL), the Admirals have set sail
and docked in Warren, Michigan. "I am excited to partner with Mr. Anthony and
Shantinique James because of their passion to help young men grow mentally,
physically, and spiritually before going to the NBA D-League or overseas and their
love for the people of Macomb County," stated part owner Chris Glisson. 
This transition of ownership comes on the birthday of Chris Glisson's brother, Dr.
Marty Glisson who passed away August 7th, 2016. Before the papers were signed
between Glisson and the James family, his daughter Savana reminded them that it
would have been Uncle Marty's birthday. With tears running down their faces, Glisson
stated that the transitioning of majority ownership to the James family is exactly
what Dr. Marty Glisson would have wanted. 
With Mr. and Mrs. James becoming majority owners, they will be running the day to
day operations. 
Mr. Anthony James works for Chrysler full time and will be in charge of the day to
day on the court operations and his wife Shantinique decided after getting her
psychology degree from Rochester College, she would become full time majority owner
of the Lake Michigan Admirals. "We will be announcing our tryouts soon and look
forward to impacting the lives of others each and every day," stated Mrs. James. 
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Founder Of the Lake Michigan Admirals



Chris Glisson has been a life-long resident of southwestern Michigan. He was born in Grand Rapids in 1968 as the youngest child of 5 boys to Reverend Eugene and Wanda Glisson. He graduated from Coloma High School in 1987 where he was an outstanding student-athlete playing 4 years of varsity baseball, football, and basketball.  

During his college years, Chris played 4 years of varsity baseball and football for Olivet College in the MIAA Conference. He graduated in 1992 with his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. In his working career, Chris entered the automotive industry holding positions in sales, finance, management, and as a principal broker. During the housing boom, Chris tried his hand as a mortgage broker and eventually spent time in southern California as a missionary on an Indian reservation. Although his working years have been rich and varied, nothing has brought Chris the fulfillment he has found being an owner of a professional basketball organization.

Chris started out his career in the business of basketball when he became part owner of the Knoxville Thunderbolts with his brother Dr. Marty Glisson in 2008. In the inaugural season of the Thunderbolts, "Doc" Marty got really sick and had to move back to San Diego, CA. for treatment and Chris took over the team for the rest of the year. The Bolts finished the season ranked #8 and Chris was named executive of the year runner up. After the season was over, Chris decided to form an ownership group made up of business owners that were from the Knoxville area so he could go home and start a team in southwest Michigan, where he resides.  In 2009, the Lake Michigan Admirals were formed and the rest is history. In the Admirals' first year, Glisson was named "Executive of The Year," and his team hosted the first professional playoffs in the history of southwest Michigan. During the second year, the Admirals won their division and ended up 5th in the country. Chris has been married for 20 years to his wife, Sara, and they have 2 young daughters. The family resides in St. Joseph, Michigan.