Hope Tabs Vincent To Lead Women's Lacrosse Program
Hope has named Kim Vincent its new women's lacrosse coach.
Vincent comes to Hope from Grand Haven High School, where she had spent the past seven years as the Buccaneers' varsity girls' lacrosse coach. She founded a club program at Grand Haven in 2005 and oversaw its growth into a varsity program.
Last year, Vincent led Grand Haven to a 13-3 record and a second-place finish in the Ottawa-Kent Conference Rainbow 2 Division.
Vincent replaces Tracy Benjamin, who resigned earlier this spring after directing Hope through the transition of going from a club program to varsity status, then coached the Flying Dutch in their first two varsity seasons.
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Alma Names Havrilla Interim Women's Lacrosse Coach
Alma has named Christie Havrilla interim head coach of the Scots' women's lacrosse team.
A 2013 Alma graduate, Havrilla helped start the Scots' women's lacrosse program as a club team while a student, then served as captain for the Scots in their first two seasons as a varsity program. She earned second team All-MIAA honors in leading Alma to the championship game of the MIAA tournament her senior year. She spent the past season as an assistant coach at Alma.
Havrilla replaces Laurie Jordan, who resigned to pursue an NCAA Division I coaching opportunity.
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Alma Names Chovanec To Lead Cross Country/Track Programs
Alma has named Matt Chovanec its new head coach for cross country and track and field.
A 1991 Alma graduate, Chovanec has coached in various capacities with the Scots since 2002, including a stint as head men's track coach from 2004-06. He also was a successful track and cross country coach at Breckenridge High School, where he has taught for the past 18 years. His 1994 Breckenridge track team finished second in the state in Class C and his 1998 cross country team won a Class C regional championship.
Chovanec won eight letters in cross country and track and field as a student-athlete for the Scots. He was twice named All-MIAA - in cross country in 1990 and track in 1991. He still holds the school record in the men's 10,000-meter run with a time of 31:19.91, set in 1991.
Chovanec replaces longtime Alma coach Gordie Aldrich, who has retired as head coach but will stay on staff as a part-time assistant to both programs.
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Penny Allen-Cook Assumes Duties as MIAA Commissioner
Penny Allen-Cook began her duties as the MIAA's ninth commissioner on July 1, 2014.
Allen-Cook brings to the MIAA a strong background in intercollegiate athletics as a coach, administrator and conference official. From 2008 to 2012, she served as assistant commissioner of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), an NCAA Division II conference with most of its member colleges in the state of Michigan.
Allen-Cook spent nearly a decade in the MIAA as a coach and administrator at Alma College. From 1996 to 2002, she served as Alma’s head volleyball coach, posting a career record of 132-54 and leading the Scots to the first of what would be four straight MIAA championships during the 2001 season. She also served as women’s director of athletics, assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator during a period from 1997 to 2002, serving as Alma’s NCAA compliance officer.
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MIAA Announces Academic Honor Roll, Team GPA Awards
The MIAA has announced its Academic Honor Roll and Team GPA Award recipients for the 2013-14 academic year, Commissioner David Neilson said.
A record total of 1,058 student-athletes earned recognition to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll by maintaining a 3.5 grade point average and lettering in their MIAA-sponsored sport. The list includes 70 student-athletes who achieved AHR recognition four consecutive years. Here is the list of the four-year Academic Honor Roll recipients:
In addition, 65 teams earned the MIAA Team GPA Award, which is presented to teams who maintain at least a 3.300 grade point average over the academic year. The list includes two teams - Calvin women's cross country and Hope women's cross country - who have achieved the Team GPA award 16 consecutive years, since the program was established in 1998-99.
Both the Academic Honor Roll and Team GPA Awards are
administered by the faculty athletic
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