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Joel Kamstra Named Head Men’s Varsity Lacrosse Coach

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Joel Kamstra Audio Interview

Calvin College has named Joel Kamstra as its first head men’s varsity lacrosse coach.

A native of Grand Rapids, Kamstra is no stranger to Calvin College or the school’s lacrosse program as he has served as an assistant coach with the Calvin men’s club lacrosse program the last two years. He will also serve as the head coach this spring in Calvin’s final year of club men’s lacrosse with the Knights making the transition to varsity status for the 2012-13 academic year.

Kamstra has also served two years as head coach with the Grand Rapids Christian boy’s lacrosse program - one year at the club level and one year at the varsity level.

A 2007 Calvin College graduate, Kamstra was a four-year member of the Calvin men’s club lacrosse program during his time as a student. Kamstra was a midfielder with the Calvin men’s lacrosse club team and was part of teams that earned bids to the MCLA National Tournament. He was also part of teams that captured 2004, 2005 and 2006 CCLA Conference Championships while serving as team captain his senior year.

Kamstra became interested in lacrosse as a senior at Calvin Christian High School when he began to compete in local club tournaments after also playing varsity football and varsity tennis at the high school level.

After graduating from Calvin Christian High School, Kamstra chose to attend Calvin College and joined its men’s club lacrosse team as a freshman. Kamstra graduated from Calvin College while holding a major in political science and a minor in business. In addition to his coaching duties, Kamstra currently works in sales with telecommunications company U.S. Signal in the Grand Rapids area.

His family has strong ties to Calvin College as his wife Maribeth (Borchert) is a 2008 Calvin College graduate while his younger brother Eric Kamstra is a recent Calvin College graduate and will serve as an assistant coach under Joel beginning this spring.

“Calvin College has been very good to my family and I have a great love for the institution for what it stands for spiritually, academically and athletically,” said (Joel) Kamstra. “I am honored to accept the head coaching position at my alma mater, particularly as lacrosse makes the transition to varsity status.”

Kamstra is also eager to begin recruiting student-athletes for Calvin College. “Our college has many selling points and I am looking forward to the recruiting process,” said Kamstra. “Calvin College is a wonderful Christian school with outstanding academics and now we (lacrosse) will also be competing as a varsity sport.”

Calvin men’s director of athletics Dr. Jim Timmer is also pleased with Kamstra’s addition to the Calvin varsity coaching staff. “We are very excited to bring Joel aboard to our coaching staff,” said Timmer. “Joel is very passionate about lacrosse and he is also very passionate about Calvin College. He understands the mission of Calvin and our athletics program. I am confident he will do a terrific job as our head men’s lacrosse coach.”

Calvin will be part of seven MIAA schools that will be competing in men’s lacrosse in the spring of 2013. With seven schools competing, the MIAA will also receive an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament that spring.

“Our league will be very competitive,” said Kamstra. “Knowing that everyone has a chance to compete for a league championship and an NCAA III Tournament bid will be very exciting for everyone in our conference.”

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4 comments on "Joel Kamstra Named Head Men’s Varsity Lacrosse Coach"
  • I would say it looks like Joel was one heck of a player:

    Posted by Kirk on 01/18 at 01:30 PM
  • As a Calvin lacrosse alumni and a former teammate of Joel’s, I am very pleased to see that Calvin has made the decision to make him head coach of the varsity team.  The sport of lacrosse at Calvin, as well as the many other schools in West Michigan, has evolved over the past 8 years from a bare bones social club sport to a highly respected organization, and there could be no better man for the job to lead Calvin’s team to becoming competitive in the Varsity realm.  Congrats Calvin!!

    Posted by Daniel Hase on 01/18 at 01:04 PM
  • Listened to the audio interview and feel confident he’ll take Calvin LAX in the right direction. I didn’t expect a hipster to be into LAX (or sports at all…other than cycling), but this guy seems like the real deal!

    Posted by Denny Gorhee on 01/18 at 12:53 PM
  • While I haven’t had the privilege of knowing Joel personally, I can say that, from a distance I have always been impressed.  Joel strikes me as a bold innovator with a strong vision for the future of LAX and athletics in general. I have heard several stories of Joel’s strong moral fiber and excellent decision making.  Great hire Calvin!  Today makes me proud to be an alum!

    Posted by Steve Vander Pol on 01/18 at 12:47 PM