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Ryan Souders named Calvin Men’s Soccer Coach
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Ryan Souders is the new head men’s soccer coach at Calvin College.
A native of Wheaton, Illinois, Souders (Sow-dirs) is a 2003 Wheaton Academy Graduate and a 2007 graduate of Wheaton College.
“I am ecstatic to be a part of both Calvin College, as an institution, as well as its men’s soccer program specifically,” said Souders. “It is a place that seeks to honor God first, enhance the minds of it’s students, as well as produce results in the athletic arena.”
Souders also has experience as both a player and coach at the professional level. He joined the Davidson coaching staff after competing for (non-professional) Bridges F.C. in Chicago in 2009. Prior to returning to the pitch, he served as the goalkeeping coach for the Cleveland City Stars Reserve Team. In 2010, he served as a goalkeeper for the Charlotte Eagles – a member of the USL-2 Pro Division.
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The goals of this program are two-fold: One being off field, and the other, on field. In all things, we want to be men that exhibit Christ likeness, and pursue excellence.
Off of the field that means we want to be men of integrity, that perform well in the classroom.
The goal of the men’s program on the field has been laid out before I even stepped foot on campus. We want to continue to compete for and win the MIAA, an incredibly difficult conference. Beyond that, the aspirations are to compete on a national level, against the very best teams in the country. We have an athletic department, and group of current players that feel the same way.