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Calvin College Names Bret Otte Men’s/Women’s Head Track & Field Coach

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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Bret Otte Audio Interview

GRAND RAPIDS—Calvin College has named Bret Otte as its head men’s and women’s track and field coach. Otte has spent the last 11 years serving as head men’s and women’s cross country coach and head men’s and women’s track and field coach at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Otte replaces Dr. Jong-il Kim who has decided to step down as Calvin’s head men’s and women’s track and field coach to devote more time to his teaching as an associate professor in Calvin’s Health, Physical Education, Recreation Dance and Sport department and coaching of specific events as a coach with Calvin’s track and field program. Kim will remain as an assistant coach with both Calvin teams. Kim will also continue to serve as an assistant coach with the Calvin women’s soccer team and as an associate professor in Calvin’s HPERD’s department.

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Former Sports Information Student Assistants Receive Awards From MIAA

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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MIAA Announcement

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced the winners of two awards honoring outstanding publicity efforts by its member schools - the Hartman Writing Award and the Renner Associate SID Award.

Chaz Amidon, a student assistant in the Calvin College sports information director, was named the winner of the Hartman Award, while Bruce Van Baren, also a student assistant in Calvin’s SID office, was named the recipient of the Renner Award.

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Women’s Basketball Receives Academic Honors From WBCA - Places Fifth on NCAA III List

Thursday, July 09, 2009

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WBCA Top 25 release

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced its 2008-2009 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior college/Community College and Calvin College is one of 25 Division III schools that have been so honored. The awards recognize teams throughout the nation that have the highest grade point averages (GPA) for the 2008-2009 season based upon nominations submitted by WBCA-member coaches.

Under the direction of head coach John Ross, the Calvin women’s basketball team compiled a 3.503 cumulative grade point average, leaving the Knights ranked fith on the list of 25 Division III teams that made the honor roll. This is the fourth straight year that Calvin has received the honor.

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Calvin Track & Field Teams/Athletes Receive Academic Honors From USTFCCA

Thursday, July 09, 2009

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United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association

For the ninth straight year, the Calvin women’s track and field team has received the all-academic team award from the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Calvin men’s track and field team has also received the award.

Teams were eligible for the for honor if they had a minimum of 14 members who participated in the 2008 outdoor season and recorded a minimum 3.00 (4.00 scale) cumulative grade point average as a group. The Calvin women’s track and field team posted a 3.594 cumulative grade point average, ranking fifth among 100 teams that were so honored. The Calvin men’s track and field team posted a 3.238.

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Calvin Teams and Athletes Receive MIAA Academic Honors

Thursday, July 02, 2009

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2008-09 Calvin MIAA Academic Honor Roll Listing

A record 10 Calvin College athletics teams have received the MIAA Team GPA Award for the recently completed 2008-09 academic year. The award, presented by the Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges recognizes conference athletic teams who achieved a 3.3 or better grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2008-09 academic year.

Meanwhile 15 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for the fourth straight year.

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Calvin Finishes 22nd in Final Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings

Friday, June 19, 2009

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NCAA III Director's Cup Standings

For the 14th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, and continues to be one of only seven schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level.

Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., Wisconsin-LaCrosse, the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga.

Calvin has finished 22nd in the nation in Division III in 2008-2009 with a point total of 541.0 points.

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Wittingen and Koster Named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Teams

Friday, June 19, 2009

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ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Teams

For the third consecutive year, recent Calvin College graduate Sarah Wittingen has been named an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American. Meanwhile, Calvin junior Jessica Koster has received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades for the first time. Both Calvin student-athletes were named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America first team in the women’s track and field/cross country college division.

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Erik Van Kampen Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American

Thursday, June 18, 2009

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ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Teams

GRAND RAPIDS—Recent Calvin College graduate Erik Van Kampen has added one last honor to his collegiate distance running career. A native of Elmhurst, Illinois, Van Kampen has been named a ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. A graduate of Timothy Christian High School, Van Kampen has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team in the men’s cross country/track and field college division.

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Sharon Boeve De Kleine Named Calvin Softball Coach

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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GRAND RAPIDS – Sharon Boeve De Kleine has been named head softball coach at Calvin College. The move brings De Kleine back to her alma mater where the 1985 graduate was a standout student-athlete in both softball, as a pitcher and a shortstop, and basketball, where she played point guard.

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Jed Christiansen Named Recipient of Albert H. Deal Scholar-Athlete Award

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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Complete MIAA Release

(Release prepared by MIAA publicist Greg Chandler)

ROYAL OAK - Awards by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association to the outstanding senior athletes from its member schools during the 2008-09 academic year have been announced by Commissioner David Neilson.

Jed Christiansen of Calvin College has received the Albert H. Deal Scholar-Athlete Award, while Nora Kuiper of Hope College has been presented the Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Scholar-Athlete Award.

The awards recognize senior class athletes who have excelled in academics and athletics, as well as displayed outstanding leadership qualities. The awards honor two former MIAA commissioners, Albert Deal (1971-91) and Sheila Wallace Kovalchik (1991-2002).

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