Top HeadlinesMonday, February 24, 2014 Calvin Softball Coach Tim Syrek Preseason Audio Interview
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Calvin women’s softball team has been picked to finish sixth in the MIAA preseason coaches’ poll released earlier today. Defending champion Trine has been installed as the preseason favorite to repeat as league champion, receiving eight first place votes. Alma, which was picked to finish second, received the other first-place vote. Coaches could not vote for their own team. Calvin is under the direction of first-year head coach Tim Syrek. The Knights return 11 letterwinners from a team that finished 17-13 overall last year and 8-8 in the league which was good for sixth place. Calvin is scheduled to open its season March 14 when it travels to Madonna for a doubleheader.
MIAA Preseason Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Trine (8) 9 pts. 2. Alma (1) 19. 3. Hope 23. 4. Adrian 25. 5. Saint Mary’s 38. 6. Calvin 41. 7. Kalamazoo 52. 8. Olivet 54. 9. Albion 63.
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.Wednesday, July 17, 2013
GRAND RAPIDS - Tim Syrek has been named the head coach of the Calvin softball program. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Valley State University, Syrek comes to Calvin from Otsego High School where he has served as an administrator and head varsity girls softball coach since 2000. At Otsego, he served as the Director of Community Education and Middle School Athletics. As the varsity softball coach, he fashioned a won-loss record of 403-207 including a school record 34-win season in 2009. He has also previously served as the high school varsity softball coach at Allegan High School and Big Rapids High School. In addition, he has served as an assistant softball coach with the District 2 Big League softball team for several years and was part of the District 2 team that captured the Big League World Series title in 2000 and finished runner-up three times.