February 1, 2016
Alicia Groveston, bottom right in blue, is head coach at Grand Valley State (Mich.) and the president of the IWLCA. Hollywood Game Night will air on NBC on Feb. 2.
Alicia Groveston, bottom right in blue, is head coach at Grand Valley State (Mich.) and the president of the IWLCA. Hollywood Game Night will air on NBC on Feb. 2.

Groveston to Appear on Hollywood Game Night

by Brian Logue | LaxMagazine.comTwitter

Alicia Groveston always figured that her “vast knowledge of pop culture information” would eventually come in handy. We’ll find out just how handy Tuesday night, when she competes on NBC’s "Hollywood Game Night" at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Groveston, the women’s lacrosse coach at Grand Valley (Mich.) State and the president of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, participated in a special all-sports edition of the show that features Olympians Apolo Ohno and Tara Lipinski and former NFL stars Nate Burleson and Maurice Jones-Drew. Perhaps the biggest wow factor for Groveston was playing alongside legendary broadcaster Al Michaels.

“We watch 'Miracle' on the bus almost every year, and I got to hug him,” said Groveston, who has led Grand Valley to three consecutive league titles and the No. 14 spot in the IWLCA’s final Division II poll last season. The Lakers are ranked 15th in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 15 for 2016. “It was nuts.”

Groveston went through a lengthy process to get on the show. She filled out a 10-page paper application, had a preliminary phone interview and played one of the show’s games, went through a Skype interview where she played two more games, and had a phone interview with a producer where she played another game. After all of that, she was invited to California, but once there she still had to compete for one of two spots on the show. She earned her spot and taped the show later that day.

“I’m an outgoing person, but this took me out of my comfort zone,” Groveston said. “I have a challenging profession, but this was challenging in a different aspect of my life. I was doing something for myself."

Now she gets to share it with her friends.

“We filmed this in October and I’ve kept it secret to almost everyone for about three months,” Groveston said. “I wanted it to be a surprise and have people go through it with me. I haven’t seen it edited and I don’t remember a lot of what happened. I was so in the moment. I’m sure people will laugh at me and laugh with me.”


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