Monday, November 4, 2013

Robert Silva Training Opportunity!!!

Robert Silva's training sessions starts Tuesday, November 12th.  (Training will be at HCHS weight room on Tue / Thurs at 4pm)  Please email Robert Silva at to let him know you will be attending.

Do NOT miss out on this opportunity! 

"If you want to be the best,
Work harder than the rest.
If you don't want to be the best,
Just work like the rest.
- Robert Stinson - his quote since "1979" and some 25 years coaching

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

2013 Soccer Banquet

Monday night we concluded the 2013 Varsity soccer season by reflecting and celebrating.  The night included: great food, fellowship, a slide show (thanks Dr. Hoekstra!), individual awards, recognition of every player and reflections of the season.
As I reflected on the season it brought me to the question that I am often asked at the end of every season--"was it a successful season?"  This is a question that has many layers considering that everyone has their own thoughts and philosophy behind what "success" is.   Coaches, players, parents all have expectations for what success is for each player as well as us as a team.  Ending the season with a 11-6-4 record, having 12 shut outs, scoring 50 goals and only have 17 scored against were all byproducts of quality individual efforts and team efforts.  There were some disappointments along the way and also some great joys, however, all-in-all most would consider it a "successful" season.  One of the absolutes for Holland Christian soccer will be to always strive for excellence on the field! (Some day soon I expect to post a picture of us with the state championship trophy.)
Then I take a few steps back and look at the bigger picture--were kids given the opportunity to grow as young men and learn life lessons and what it means to be a person of integrity?  Were they challenged to be the ultimate teammate?  Were they able to use the game of soccer to show others God's love?  Were they personally challenged in their own walk of faith?  Questions like these are challenging but have priceless/eternal value.  Opportunities for growth in these areas are the ultimate absolutes for the HC soccer program.
It was a good season where we were all challenged at some was a "successful" season.  I am thankful for the opportunity to have a small part in each varsity soccer players' journey as young men who are followers of Christ. 
Parents, thank you once again for your commitment to your son and your support to the HC soccer program.
Players, thank you once again for your willingness to learn, work hard, and grow.

I look forward to continuing to lead the HC soccer program!


Monday, October 7, 2013

2013 Senior Night

2013 HC SENIORS (not pictured: Levi Snoeyink)
A note from coach DeBoer:
I am thankful and feel blessed to have this group of Seniors. As a group they are gifted, well-rounded and fun to be around.

This group of Seniors is special to me. Before becoming the Varsity coach, I got the chance to coach these players on the Freshmen level. It has been a privilege to see how they have grown not only as soccer players but also as people.

I look forward to seeing where God takes them in their next stage of life and I hope that our paths cross in the future.

As a program, we strive for excellence, both as soccer players and individuals. This Senior class has done that and has set a model for classes to come at Holland Christian.

Let's meet our 2013 Seniors:
#18 Rilee Bouwkamp
Rilee is a two year Varsity player for Holland Christian. This year Rilee served as a Captain; where he leads by example. As a central midfielder, Rilee’s play is consistent and his work ethic is unmatched. He plans on continuing his soccer career at Hope College next fall. 

#8 Isaac Brace
Isaac is a two year Varsity player for Holland Christian. He always has a great attitude and is known for his rocket-­of­-a-­shot. Isaac plans on attending Calvin College or Grand Valley State University next fall; majoring in Pre­Dental. 

#19 Devan Hoekstra
Devan is a two year Varsity Player. He is a disciplined defender who has calm demeanor and has the coolest nickname on the team....”BIG CAT”.
Devan plans on attending Michigan Tech or Grand Valley State University this fall majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

#11 Marcus Hoekstra
Marcus is a two year Varsity player for Holland Christian. His energy and ability to create has been key this year for the Maroons.  Marcus plans on attending either Hope, Kalamazoo, or Wabash College; hoping to major in Political Science, International Relations, and/or Economics.

#20 Alex Keizer
Alex is a two year Varsity player for Holland Christian. As a captain and center back, Alex is a
student of the game who is also fierce competitor on the field. Alex is most likely attending Calvin College next fall; hoping to major in biology, or engineering

#12 Evan Leppink
Evan is a two year Varsity player at Holland Christian. He is a smart and consistent outside back. Evan will be studying Aerospace Engineering at either the University of Michigan or the University of Ohio State next fall.

#21 Cody Machiela
Cody is a two year Varsity player for the Maroons. His freakish athleticism, long throw­in’s and consistent play makes him a valuable part of our team. He plans on attending Grand Valley State University next fall; studying Mechanical Engineering.

Levi Snoeyink
After sustaining an injury playing soccer this summer Levi was asked to be an honorary member of the Varsity team for his senior year. Regardless of his own situation Levi has always put his team first. He is unsure where he will be studying next fall but plans on majoring in Pre-Med.

#6 Abe Wierda
Abe is a three year varsity player. His skill on the ball and ability to attack make him a dangerous threat any time he steps on the field.
Abe plans on attending either Cornerstone, GVSU, or Wabash College; hoping to major in biology and/or Afro­-American Studies

Thank you seniors for your commitment to the Holland Christian Boys’ Soccer Program. We look forward to seeing where God takes you in your next stage of life! 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

First Annual Night of Nets...a Success

Here is a reflection from senior Evan Leppink:
Malaria is something everyone has heard of, but, here in the United States, few people have been affected by it. However, it is arguably the biggest, most life-threatening disease affecting the world today. Since the United States eradicated the disease in 1950, 41 million people have died from Malaria, and 90% of these deaths occurred in sub-saharan Africa. Tonight, an estimated 2,000 children will die from the disease, and another 250 million people will be affected by it this year alone. However, Malaria is almost entirely preventable by a simple bed net.
Last Monday, September 16, the Holland Christian men’s varsity soccer team hosted Holland High School in the first annual Night of Nets. Not only did the game go into overtime where the two teams tied, more importantly, through selling shirts, raising funds, and partnering with World Vision and Cornerstone University, over $2400 dollars were raised to buy roughly 400 bed nets for families in sub-saharan Africa. This is 400 lives that were saved. As a player for the Maroons, it was an honor to be a part of something that has such an impact on so many people, and it is an honor to be a part of a team, school, and community that prides itself on getting involved in such world changing endeavors. There is no doubt the second annual Night of Nights will be even better.

Monday, September 9, 2013

NON Shirts on sale Thursday!

WHERE TO PURCHASE: Main Street at Holland Christian High School

WHEN: during lunch hours on 9/12 Thursday (hopefully),  9/13 Friday and 9/16 Monday

AVAILABLE SIZES: Small, Medium, Large and X-Large

COST: $12 cash or check (checks can be made out directly to World Vision)

T-shirts are limited quantity.  They can be purchased on a first come, first serve basis.

***your $12 purchase will get you a rockin' t-shirt and  FREE ADMISSION if worn to the HC/Holland game on September 16th @ 7:15, HOWEVER....more importantly it will be used to buy 2 bed nets that will be used in sub-Saharan Africa to help prevent malaria

Monday, September 2, 2013


WHEN: Monday, September 16th @ 7:15pm

WHERE: HCHS turf vs. Holland High

WHY: Partnering with World Vision, we are seeking to raise awareness and resources to purchase bed nets to help stop the spread of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.  Watch this.... (malaria impact video)

GOAL: Raise $3,000 to help purchase 500 bed nets

-buy a $12 Night of Nets t-shirt (wearing this shirt to the September 16th game vs. Holland High will get you FREE admission...t-shirts will be on sale soon!)

-online donation @

-check/cash donation at NON game (checks can be made out to World Vision)

Want more information?
Check out:

A Special Thanks to:
-Marc & Nicole Keizer & Preferred Quality Services
-Bill Hoekstra & West Michigan Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons
-Maria Hoekstra & Shoreline Family Dental Group
-Dave & Wendy Timmerman & Fillmore Equipment

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Midnight Madness!

Setting up camp

Pre-scrimmage picture 

First time playing under the lights in 2013

Go Maroons!


If you do not own a tent....make one!

The breakfast cooks

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Varsity Tryouts
Dates: August 14-16 (Wednesday-Friday)
Time: 6-8:30pm
Place: HC Turf
Coach: Dave DeBoer
Email Address:

JV Tryouts
Dates: August 14-16 (Wednesday-Friday)
Time: 6-8pm
Place: Start @ HC Turf & finish on HC Middle School grass fields
Coach: Matt Kunnen
Email Address:

Freshmen Tryouts
Dates: August 14-16 (Wednesday-Friday)
Time: 9-11am
Place: HC Turf
Coach: Kevin Witte
Email Address:


Monday, August 5, 2013

Great reminder from GVSU's AD Tim Selgo

Advice to Parents of Athletes

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I have spent my entire lifetime in the world of athletics (including being the parent of three athletes myself) and 32 years of those years have been spent working in intercollegiate athletics.  I've come to some conclusions on some dos and don'ts of being a parent of an athlete and I thought, with another season of athletics at every level approaching us, it was time that I share them in hopes that they might be of help. 
As a baby boomer, I sadly admit that my generation has done a poor job of parenting athletes.  We have been WAY too involved in our children's athletic careers.  Our parents did a much better job.  For one, they did not feel as if their self-worth as a parent was dependent on attending EVERY one of their child's athletic contests, from 5 year old soccer through completion.  They were much more confident and comfortable that participating in athletics should be the choice of their child, not theirs, and did not feel obligated to attend every game, thus allowing their children to take ownership in the experience.  They also did not feel as if their self-worth as a parent was dependent upon their child achieving success in sports.  Certainly, parents of all generations enjoy bragging about their children, yours truly included.  However, when overdone, it does nothing but add pressure to the kid.  And kids today do NOT need more pressure put on them by their parents.  The drastic increase in mental and emotional disorders in high school and college age kids in the last decade are indicators that kids cannot live up their parents' expectations.  There are other reasons to be sure, but my experience with parents of athletes would indicate they are the leading cause of stress their children are feeling.  In a minute, I'll offer some advice on how to do a better job as parents.
Another suggestion I would make to parents is don't be the fan who is always trying to attract attention to himself or herself.  I've seen parents do this in a variety of ways.  The "know-it-all yeller of strategy to show everyone how smart he is" (I use "he" because it is almost always a Dad that does this) or the "screamer at the referees" are the worst.  Then there are some who have to be the "fan of the century" at their child's game.  I recall a parent of an opposing team who always dressed in the team's colors, in and of itself is fine, but had to wear pants with one leg one color and the other leg the other color, as well as wearing outlandish tops and hats.  He (again this was a "he") sent a message of "hey look at me" instead of letting his child and the team be the focus of the event.  It seemed obvious to me, as it does in most cases, the kid didn't like it and some clearly resent this immature behavior of their parents.  One thing is almost certain parents, your kid still loves you and will defend you, but MOST will not like it when you exhibit immature behavior and they will ALMOST NEVER say anything to you, because you are their parent.  My suggestion is to cheer as loud and as often as you can for your child and his/her team, and nix the other theatrics.  Nobody comes to the games to watch you.
Parents blame the coach way too often when things don't go right for their child.  Coaches will not be perfect, they never have been nor will they ever be.  In rare cases, coaches overstep their boundaries and are abusive.  I'm not talking about those cases.  I'm talking about the FACT that in every athletic contest there will be a winner and a loser.  Yes, some coaches have more competitive success than others, AS IN EVERY WALK OF LIFE.  But my experience is that 95% of the time that a parent complains about a coach, it always comes down to playing time.  If you sort through the complaints, it eventually will come out that if Johnny or Suzie were playing more, then they would feel the coach was doing a better job.  If, as a parent, you are always criticizing the coach, the message your child is receiving is that it is someone else's fault, and never my fault.  That is rarely accurate.  Another one I hear often is that the coach "plays favorites".  The answer to that is yep, every coach in every sport plays favorites - they always have and they always will!  99% of the time, they favor athletes who are more talented, have a better attitude, don't whine, and care about the team more than their individual success.  No question about it, coaches favor those kinds of kids so if your kid isn't one of the coach's "favorites", it's probably because he or she doesn't fit any of those categories.  Another one I hear is that "the coach doesn't give him/her confidence".  That's not the way confidence works.  Certainly coaches should try to motivate, encourage, etc. but confidence comes from success which comes from hard work and repetition.  In athletics, it might take YEARS until a kid achieves success (i.e. at the college level, it might not be until their junior or senior year that they achieve success and the primary reason is that IT IS HARD TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN ATHLETICS!).  I have always felt it is NOT the job of the coach to give out confidence like it is a store bought item, but rather it is the job of the athlete to win over the coach's confidence.  So if you want your child to play more, encourage him/her to work hard at what the coach wants him/her to do to gain the coach's confidence to put him/her into the game.  THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES!  Some other players may be better and that is a part of life in the real world, but eventually coaches will like hard working athletes with good attitudes and they will get their opportunity.
A friend of mine once commented, "I had three boys play high school sports, it took me until the third one to figure out that it doesn't really matter how well they do".  You see, his two older boys had gone to college, then to graduate school, and entered the work force as professionals and that is by far more important than how many letters they won in sports.  What is important though, are the many wonderful lessons that they can learn through their athletics experience.  One of the best ones they can learn is how to overcome adversity.  Every parent should be able to understand that they face stresses and pressures daily as adults in the real world, and there are hurdles to overcome ALL THE TIME.  That may be the best lesson your child can learn through sports.  Parents, IT'S OK IF YOUR CHILD FAILS, but more importantly, you need to be the ones to help teach them that it's ok and to learn to handle adversity in a positive manner.  Yes, the coach also should be doing this, but if the coach is trying to do this and you're in their other ear telling them it's always the coach's fault, your child is getting mixed messages.  It is the rare kid that will admit their parent is wrong and learn to tune their parent out, even if they know it is what they should do.  Again, you are their parent and they love you so it puts them in a bad spot.
I'll end with the best advice I ever received as an athlete and as a parent of athletes.  It came in the same moment and it came from my parents.  I was a freshman at the University of Toledo on a full scholarship to play college basketball.  It was a Saturday night in my parents living room (yes, I was a college student that went home for the weekend and spent a Saturday night talking with my parents) in early November of 1976.  I was struggling.  I was away from home for the first time and I was homesick.  The school work was harder than high school.  Basketball practices were much harder and longer than high school.  The competition was tougher.  I was all-state in high school and led my team to the state championship game, but now EVERY guy I was practicing against EVERY day was All State!  I felt pressure because I was one of the few from my hometown that played Division I basketball.  As the small town guy, I felt pressure to "make it".  I was the youngest of three sons, all of who played Division I athletics.  My father himself was a great athlete and was a member of his college's hall of fame, as well as three other halls of fame.  My mother was a great bowler, in two bowling halls of fame.  And so I felt great pressure to succeed and when I sat down with my parents that night, I admit I cried and said to them that I wasn't sure I could do this.  I didn't think I was going to be able to go through four years of this because I didn't think I was ever going to be good enough to play.  And I'll never forget what my Dad told me and parents, I encourage you to let your child know you feel this way.  My Dad said, "your mother and I don't care if you ever make all-league or never get off the bench and we don't care whether you make all-A's or all-C's.  All we want is for you to do your best".  And then he went on to say the most important thing that I needed to hear then and your child needs to hear the same thing, "you see, whether or not you make all-league or warm the bench all four years, or whether or not you make all-A's or all-C's, we are going to love you either way"! 
I can remember the feeling that physically a load seemed to be lifted off of my shoulders.  From that point on, I knew everything was going to be all right no matter what the results were because that's all that really matters parents.  Your child athlete needs you to be there to give him or her unconditional love and support.  They don't need you to be a coach, they have enough of those.  They don't need you to analyze their play, they get enough of that.  Win or lose, playing time or no playing time, just be there to give them a hug and let them know you love them.  That will go a long way in helping your child become successful, which I define as borrowed from Coach John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach and teacher from UCLA:
"Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming".  Encourage your child to do his or her best and love them regardless of the outcome and you will have done a great job as a parent of an athlete.  Best wishes for a successful year! 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Grassroots 3 v 3 Soccer Tournament on August 10th (Saturday) @ Cornerstone University

Every year Cornerstone University hosts a Grassroots 3 v 3 soccer tournament.  Grassroot Soccer uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV.  To read more and learn about the Grassroot organization click here.   They are looking for more teams to play on August 10 from 9am to 2 pm. This is a great opportunity to play in a 3 v 3 (barefoot) tournament for a great cause. All the funds that are raised will be matched. If you want to play, you have to register through Grassroots--the link is posted below. It would be great to have a few teams represent HC!

Goalie Luke Schepers & his Alliance Club team making news and heading to Nationals!

MLive Article: Alliance Academy U16 boys soccer surprises ranked teams, qualifies for nationals

MLive Article: Photos of Alliance Academy practicing for Nationals

Holland Sentinel Article: Four local soccer players contribute to Alliance Academy soccer state club championship