New men's coach at Calvin
|New Calvin coach Ryan Souders
is a 2007 graduate of Wheaton College (Ill.).
Ryan Souders is the new head men’s soccer coach at Calvin College. A native of Wheaton, Illinois, Souders is a 2003 Wheaton Academy graduate and a 2007 graduate of Wheaton (Ill.). Souders becomes the seventh head coach in Calvin men’s soccer history. He was preceded by Roul Bykerk (1959), Tony Brouwer (1960), Marv Zuidema (1961-1967, 1969-1997), Ralph Honderd (1968), Dave VerMerris (1998-2001) and Chris Hughes (2002-2011).
Hughes departed Calvin earlier this spring to accept the head men’s soccer coaching position at Davenport. The 27-year old Souders has served as an assistant men’s soccer coach both at Gordon and at Wheaton.
He most recently spent two years an an assistant coach at Division I Davidson. This past fall, he was part of a Davidson coaching staff that helped the school upset second-ranked North Carolina 1-0. 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.