Top HeadlinesWednesday, December 11, 2013
ALBION, Mich. – David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilson’s retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidents’ Council. He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAA’s 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary’s College and Trine University.Monday, December 09, 2013 2013 NSCAA Division III All-Central Region Men's Soccer Teams
Four members of the MIAA champion Calvin men’s soccer team have received Continental Tire Division III All-Central Region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Named to the first team from Calvin are junior Travis Vegter and sophomore Taylor Pruis while senior Zach Willis and junior Sean Broekhuizen have been named to the second team. As members of the first team, Vegter and Pruis are both eligible for Division III All-America consideration. Vegter and Willis are receiving all-region honors for the first time while Broekhuizen and Pruis are first time all-region selections. Under the direction of head coach Ryan Souders, Calvin finished the 2013 season with an overall record of 14-5-1 while capturing an unprecedented seventh consecutive MIAA regular season crown with a 12-2-0 league mark.Friday, November 22, 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-America DIII Men's Soccer Teams
Calvin College junior Travis Vegter has added another prestigious honor to his growing raft of awards. A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Vegter has been named a first team Capital One Academic All-American for Division III men’s soccer as selected by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America (CoSIDA). Vegter is the fourth individual in Calvin men’s soccer history to be named a Capital One Academic All-American. Others to do so include Sam Glass (1997), Will Watts (1997), Joel Veldhouse (2003 & 2004) and Greg Snapper (2009). A biology major with a 3.41 G.P.A, Vegter was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player and earned first-team All-MIAA honors for Calvin. A native of Hudsonville, Mich., he led No. 25 Calvin to a 14-5-1 record. Vegter led the MIAA with 60 points as he scored 27 goals with six assists for the Knights. His point and goal totals are the second highest marks in Calvin school history.