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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Calvin Hires Baseball, Men's Lacrosse Coaches
Calvin has announced the hiring of new head coaches for baseball and men's lacrosse.
John Rypel becomes the Knights' new baseball coach, while Kyle Hofstaedter is the new men's lacrosse coach for Calvin.
Rypel (pictured top right) comes to Calvin from Gordon (Mass.) College, where he had been the Scots' head coach the past four seasons. Gordon improved each season, from eight wins in 2011 to a school-record 19 victories and its best finish ever in the Commonwealth Coast Conference this past spring. Along the way, the Scots broke 23 school records, including team batting average and team earned run average.
Before coming to Gordon, Rypel was an assistant coach at Maryville (Tenn.) College for four seasons, serving at pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
Hofstaedter (pictured bottom right) was an
assistant coach at Eastern (Pa.) University for the past year,
helping the Eagles win the 2014 Middle Atlantic Conference title
and receive a bid to the NCAA Division III men's lacrosse
A Dutch citizen, Hofstaedter is a three-time member of the Dutch national lacrosse team, and In 2008, he helped the Netherlands to a silver medal finish at the European Championships.
Hope Leads Division III In Basketball, Volleyball Attendance; MIAA Streak As Men's Basketball Conference Attendance Leader Ends
Hope College led all NCAA Division III colleges in men's and women's basketball attendance, as well as volleyball attendance, during the 2013-14 season.
In men's basketball, Hope drew an average of 2,459 fans for 13 home games at DeVos Fieldhouse to top all Division III schools for the 12th consecutive year and the 16th time overall. Wooster, Ohio finished second in attendance with 1,801 fans per game. Calvin placed eighth with an average attendance of 1,058 fans per contest.
Despite Hope and Calvin ranking in the top 10, the MIAA's streak of consecutive seasons as the men's basketball attendance leader among Division III conferences ended at 22, as the MIAA placed second with an average attendance of 702 fans per game. The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) outdrew the MIAA with an average of 744 fans per contest.
In women's basketball, Hope led all Division III schools in attendance for the sixth consecutive year and seventh time overall, averaging 1,094 fans over 13 home games. Franklin, Ind. placed second with an average attendance of 967 fans a game.
In volleyball, Hope drew an average crowd of 867 fans over 14 matches to outrank Wartburg, Iowa, which finished second with an average attendance of 855. It was the fifth consecutive year an MIAA school led Division III in volleyball attendance. Hope led the nation in attendance in 2009-10, while Calvin was tops in 2011-12. Calvin placed third in attendance with an average of 743 fans over 17 matches.
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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
MIAA Honors Top Senior Student-Athletes;
Kalamazoo’s Ghafari Receives Deal Award,
Calvin’s Michmerhuizen Wins Kovalchik Award