Coach Rumenapp has announced the finalized schedule for the Lady Tigers training camp. The Lady Tigers will kick the season off with a two week long training camp consisting of two practices per day focusing on tactics and fitness respectively. Each practice will be roughly two hours in length planned to get the maximum amount of time out of each session.
Coach Rumenapp had this to say about it, “Training camp is an important part of team development. Four hours of practice a day seems like a whole lot, but once you consider that many of these ladies have still yet to meet, much less play together, it really is not much time in the large scheme of things. This is the time when the ladies can really grow together as a team without as much going on as the semester brings. We open our Season on August 23 against a tough Ohio Christian squad and we intend on being prepared in all facets of the game.”
The itinerary for the weekend is as follows:
Saturday August 10 and Sunday August 11–Players report to the dormitory.
Monday August 12, 5pm–Mandatory team meeting (Families welcome)
Tuesday August 13-Friday August 16–Training sessions from 1-3pm and 7-9pm
Monday August 19 and Tuesday August 20–Training sessions from 1-3pm and 7-9pm
Several local members of the Tigers have had the opportunity to get together once a week over the summer an focus on improving skills, technique and teamwork. The dedication and hard work the team has been putting in is clearly showing as well. Coach Rumenapp has been very impressed with the rate of growth saying:
“From the first time I saw this group step out on the field to now there has been great improvement. Not only in individual skills, but in how the ladies function together as a unit. There is an obvious lack of selfishness of this team which is wonderful to witness as they play. I am excited to see how the ladies continue to increase their skills, technique and awareness of the game as the season draws near, however, I am most excited for August 12 because that is when we will finally have the team, as a whole, together and they can continue to grow and gel in their completeness.”
August 12 is the first day the team will meet as a whole with an informational team meeting at 5pm the Aldrich Athletic Center.
With the addition of incoming freshman, Lindsey Anible, the Lady Tigers have found themselves in a small dilemma nearly every coach wishes they had, having two solid goalkeepers (Anible and senior Kerie Rudd). Many teams struggle to find one keeper who can carry a team and play at a high level for an entire season. Kerie Rudd, a converted field player, has proven over the past 3 seasons that she can do an admirable job carrying to load in net. With the season drawing closer, Coaches Rumenapp and Teesdale have a decision to make on who will see the majority of reps on net during practice and who will start during the season. At least for now they envision it looking like this,
“First of all this is a coaches dream. Knowing that no matter which decision you make you have a solid keeper, and someone who can step in if needed is a massive stress relief.” Said Coach Rumenapp, “I have seen Kerie progress over each of the last seasons as a keeper, but what few people know is how good she is with her feet. Kerie played field all throughout high school and actually has some of the best touch and field vision on the team. After speaking candidly about Kerie about several things as far as team and personal goals Coach Teesdale and myself feel pretty confident and at ease with our decision. The plan coming into training camp is to utilize Kerie’s knowledge of the game and vision to anchor our defense and give Lindsey a try in net. Kerie is benchmark by which Lady Tigers keepers will be measured, but we feel what she can add to us in the field is too good to pass up if we have a viable option to hold down the net in her absence.”
Grace Will be switiching formations this year and running variation of a 4-5-1. It will take the leadership of Kerie Rudd in a central back position to help keep the disciplined to keep its shape.
Hudsonville defender, Jamie Hanna, has committed to extend her soccer career as a member of the Tigers!
Jamie has been involved with soccer for 13 years playing 3 years on varsity to go along with 8 years of club soccer at the elite level. Jamie has played every position during her career although has focused on defense throughout her time as an Eagle. To go along with a laundry list of soccer accomplishments and experience Jamie also has been involved with Choir for the past 6 years and has earned a spot on the academic honor roll each year of high school.
Jamie Hanna (Middle) celebrates signing with Grace with her teammates
Coach Rumenapp had this to say of Jamie, “Signing Jamie has been on the top of my ‘To Do’ list this off-season. She is technically skilled, athletic, tough and can play any position we need her to, on the field. What more could a coach ask for?”
Jamie is the daughter of Craig and Kim Walters and has 3 sisters. She is excited to attend Grace in the fall and hopes to be a part of as much mission affiliated work as she can while at the school.
Just over a week ago Coach Rumenapp signed Sparta goalkeeper Lindsey Anible. He was very excited about the acquisition stating, “Any successful team is anchored by a strong keeper. Lindsey has all the tools to be a very solid keeper for us for the next several years. She is quick to the ball, has good hands, confident with her feet and is very outspoken from the back. Above all she is a great kid and will fit in perfectly with the culture of the team and the school.”
Lindsey took the time to write and send in a letter of introduction which we would like to share with you (with permission).
Lindsey Anbile: In Her Own Words:
My name is Lindsey Anible. I am 19 years old, born and raised in Grand Rapids Michigan. I am Graduating from Sparta High School. In High School I played basketball for four years as well as varsity soccer. I have been playing soccer since I could walk. However I stopped playing in middle school for a couple of years to play softball. When I entered High School our Varsity soccer team was in need for a Goal Keeper. My coach told me that I was very quick on my feet and could see the hard worker in me and knew I would be a perfect match for the Varsity soccer team as a freshman. I was a little frightened at the beginning because I didn’t know much about what I was doing. My freshmen year I had a trainer named Kyle Anderson; an old goalie my coach knew. After freshman year I was 4th in state for saves and was part of the All Districts team. Then my sophomore year, I had a new trainer. His name was Chase Rau, an All American Goalie who plays for Wisconsin. After my sophomore year I was 4th in state for saves, team MVP. My hardest year was my junior year. Our team lost a lot of key players. However I was Captain and received 1st in state for saves, Defensive MVP, and All Conference. I Plan on coming to Grace and being your goal keeper. I know it is a whole new competition, but if I stay positive, work hard, and do the little things right I know I can get through the hard tasks. I would like to thank my friends for cheering me on and wishing me good luck before every game, my coaches for pushing me to do my absolute best, as well as my teammates for encouraging me throughout these four years. I am proud to call them my family. Lastly I would like to thank my parents, Bob and Kris Anible, for always supporting me, coming to every game and cheering me on despite the weather conditions.
This past week was perhaps the most important to date for Coach Rumenapp and Coach Teesdale and the lady Tigers. Four recruits, Jamie Hanna (Hudsonville, MI) , Samantha Toller (Mobile, AL), Maggie McCann (Flint, MI) and Lindsey Anible (Sparta, MI) all signed with the Tigers for the upcoming season.
“These four young ladies give us a lot of options for the upcoming year.” Said Coach Rumenapp, “They all have experience and have the potential to be immediate contributors for us this season.”
Coach Rumenapp has officially announced the hire of Scott Teesdale as the assistant coach for the Lady Tigers. Coach Scott has been involved with soccer since the 1970s and has played at numerous levels including competitive amateur leagues in West Michigan after representing the Michigan State Spartans while in college. Scott now lives locally in Wyoming, a few blocks away from Grace Bible College with his Wife, and two children, Sarah (17) and Ian (12). The Teesdale family are active members of Calvary Baptist Church.
“Asking Scott to join me at Grace will probably be the easiest decision I have to make all year.” Said Coach Rumenapp. “I have known him since I moved to Grand Rapids and have played a bit of soccer with him as well. We have similar philosophies pertaining to soccer and compliment each other well. Scott also adds perspective to the team. Being a bit older and having a daughter close to the age of these ladies he is a great fit as far the intangibles of coaching goes (character development and spiritual walk), and I value those things every bit as much as pure coaching ability.”
Accompanying Debbie Pekel (center) while signing at Grace was Jessica Pekel (mother, left), Brianna Pekel (sister, top) and Grandma (Right)
Lady Tigers are pleased to announce the signing of Debbie Pekel from Fruitport High School. Debbie will be representing Grace this upcoming season in both women’s soccer and basketball. She is a gifted athlete and will be a nice addition to both teams.
During her high school career Debbie was a 5 sport athlete, competing in basketball, soccer, volleyball, cross country and track. Amongst her numerous awards Debbie was named to the Honorable Mention All-Area and All-District teams as well as being recognized with the 80-minute award throughout her career. Perhaps her most impressive accomplishments.
Outside of Athletics Debbie has shown great leadership capabilities and dedication to her studies. Dating back to middle school she has achieved the academic honor roll 6 times as well as finishing in the top 10% of her graduation class. She has received academic awards in Spanish, Math and PE to go along with 2 years of National Honor Society, 4 years of Spanish Club and 2 years as a member of the Student Athlete Leadership Team.
Debbie is the daughter of Jessica Pekel and also has the distinction of being a quadruplet along with her sister (Brianna) and 2 brothers (Cody and Alan). She has one additional sibling, an older brother, Matt.
Coach Rumenapp had this to say about Debbie, “Debbie brings a lot to the table, not just as an athlete, but as a person as well. She is very gifted athletically as shown by her high school accomplishments and she hates losing and strives to improve. What I have been most impressed with by Debbie is how all of that is secondary to living her life in a way that honors Christ. She has been raised well and is very level headed and I am very excited to have the opportunity to see her continue to grow as part of the Grace family.”
On Tuesday, April 2nd, Coach Rumenapp and his wife, Aubrey, welcomed their second son into the world. Carter Joseph was born at 7:29AM at Metro Hospital in just outside Grand Rapids. Carter was 21″ long and weighed 8lb 7oz and was perfectly healthy. Both Coach Rumenapp and his wife. After being home from the hospital for a few days coach Rumenapp commented on the adjustments of having 2 young boys at home.
“It’s different. It is no longer a 2 on 1 situation. Greyson, our eldest, is still only 18 months old and used to having all the attention. At first he was confused, but he seems to be adjusting pretty well to having a newborn around. He is surprisingly gentle with him, and is very curious about him. It will be fun to see how things go as they get older.”
Area high schools are on Spring Break this week following Easter. Instead of going away for the week a handful of players from Potter’s House High School will be focusing on improving soccer technique and form with Coach Rumenapp. Coach Rumenapp has remained connected with Potter’s House ever since completing his student teaching there and assisting with both the boy’s and girl’s teams in the 2010-2011 school year. These are his thoughts on the trainings:
“I love the Potter’s House. I really do. I have always been impressed with their school and the work they do, and I was greatful to be a part of it. To this day I still substitute teach whenever I can and I still remain in contact with several players whom I coached and have graduated and moved on. So when some of the girls asked if I would work with them over their Spring Break it was an decision to make. A few of the girls that are coming I coached when they were freshmen. It is a joy to see them as juniors now and be able to work with them again and see how much they have improved. As a coach that is what you live for, seeing the players improve.”