posted November 30, 2008

Football Alumni Guide High School Teams to State Titles

Hope College football alumni have coached Michigan high school football teams to unprecedented success this year.

Three Hope alumni are the head coach of teams that captured Michigan state high school championships this past Thanksgiving weekend and another 11 alumni are members on coaching staffs of state championship teams.

These 14 Hope alumni were on the staffs of six state championship teams.

° Peter Stuursma '93 is head coach at East Grand Rapids High School.  His team won a third straight Division 3 state championship.

° Pat Collins '97 guided Montague High School to the Division 6 state championship in his fifth season as head coach.

° Greg Vaughan '99 led Traverse City St. Francis High School to the Division 7 state championship in his first season as head coach.

Alumni on the staffs of state championship teams include: Joe Schwander '07 and Randy VanderVeen '75, Division 1 Rockford HS; Joe Cossey '89, Division 2 Muskegon HS; Matt Putnam '99 and Bill Kowal '95, Division 3 East Grand Rapids HS; Josh Rumpsa '04, Josh DeHaan '06, and Matt Workman '03, Division 4 Holland Christian HS; Cary Harger '94 and Jim Smith '96, Division 5 Muskegon Oak Ridge HS; and Jay Mulder, Division 6 Montague HS