Athletics FAQ

Athletic Director: Jason Heerema (
Asst. Athletic Director: Kevin Broene (
Facility Coordinator: Dick VanderKamp (
Athletic Admin. Asst.: Carolyn Groendyk (
Director of Sports Performance: Daimond Dixon (

As the parent of an incoming 9th grader, how do I get information about athletics?
Watch this website for up to date information. In addition to the website, the Athletic Department will send out information throughout the summer to enrolled students about summer programs and strength training opportunities.

If my student is interested in athletics, are there required meetings I should attend?  
There is a required “All-Sports Parent Meeting” in mid-August in the DeVos Center for Arts & Worship. This meeting will address schedules, coaches, handbook, how to use the website, Eagle Athletic Boosters, communication, MHSAA regulations, policies, transportation, transfer rules, and expectations for athletes in reference academics, behavior, school rules and more.

Does Grand Rapids Christian give athletic scholarships?
No. Academic and athletic scholarships are not available from, nor provided by, Grand Rapids Christian.

Does my student need a physical in order to play sports at GRCHS?
Yes. Athletes must turn in an MHSAA physical form with emergency information, medical history, and a doctor’s signature before they can participate in practice/tryouts or games. The physical must be dated after April 15, 2023 in order to be valid for 2023-24 school year.

How do I see the game and practice schedules for my student's team?
The coach should provide parents with a practice schedule. Coaches are also required to send an email to the parents each week that includes practice times and team information. The coach is the only resource for practice schedules, so contact the coach directly. Game schedules are always available on this website.

How can I get a map/directions to an away location?
Maps are linked directly to the game schedules on this website.  

How do I get transportation information for games/practices? 
Each coach will communicate with the team about how athletes are being transported to and from games. This information is also discussed at our “All Sports Parent Meeting” in August.

What is a "Director of Sports Performance"?
Our Director of Sports Performance is a certified fitness instructor whose job is to train our athletes for peak performance and safety. Daimond Dixon trains all our athletes to improve their speed, agility, strength, and power. All teams are strongly encouraged to work with Daimond in order to help our athletes perform at peak physical condition.

What is the "ESR"?
The Eagle Sports Report (ESR) is a daily email that highlights an interesting story, gives a report on the previous day’s athletic events, and looks ahead to upcoming events. If you want to be included on the email list, please email Carolyn Groendyk at

Are there athletic event passes?
The All-Sports Pass is available for purchase to anyone and allows free entry into any GR Christian High home athletic event, excluding invitational tournaments and the MHSAA playoffs. Fans can purchase a single pass for $60 each or the family pass for $150.  Purchase your pass here! 

If my athlete wants to get connected, how do I sign them up for summer opportunities?
Once your student is enrolled, connect directly with the head coach.  Contact information is below.

Varsity Coach Contact Information
Please do not contact our coaches about being a prospective student or about being a transfer student. If you are a prospective student or transfer student, please contact our admissions office at 574-5605.

Once you are enrolled at Grand Rapids Christian High School, it is appropriate to contact our coaches to obtain summer workout information, tryout dates, or practice times.

Sport Coach Email Phone
Baseball Brent Gates 616-304-3004
Basketball.Boys Eric Taylor 616-889-7179
Baskeball.Girls Samantha Grasmeyer 616-550-1354
Bowling Dan VanderPloeg 616-660-0077
Competitive Cheer Parks/Johnson 616-802-7668
Cross Country Doug Jager 616-723-6345
Football Sundberg/Riley  
Golf.Boys Kevin Broene 616-915-5189
Golf.Girls Seth Davies 616-295-5053
Hockey Shawn Zimmerman 616-583-2262
Lacrosse.Boys Jeff Boyd 616-437-5456
Lacrosse.Girls Julie Roossien 607-624-3133
Skiing Chad Mencarelli 616-826-5409
Soccer.Boys Aric Dershem 616-308-4094
Soccer.Girls Ryan Snyder 616-304-2433
Softball Danae VanTimmeren 616-389-7144
Swim & Dive.Boys Jeremy Pyper 616-446-4757
Swim & Dive.Girls Elena Groenenboom 616-240-5863
Tennis.Boys Gunnar Peery 313-629-1834
Tennis.Girls Andrew Rolls 517-285-4386
Track & Field Doug Jager 616-723-6345
Volleyball.Boys Mitchell Feria 303-305-9132
Volleyball.Girls Amy Huisken 616-799-4506
Wrestling Greg Dykema 616-364-4535