Hall Of Fame

Contact Information
Bill Kennedy – Director of Athletics
(616) 786-1118

Nomination Process
You, as a community member, are entitled to nominate a past West Ottawa athlete, coach (retired or still coaching), or a community member (at large) you feel is deserving of this honor.

Nomination Criteria
The nominee must, during and/or following his/her career, have exemplified the pride and spirit that is West Ottawa athletics.
If an athlete, he/she must be a West Ottawa graduate and have been out of school for eight (8) years.
If a coach, he/she must have coached or is presently coaching for West Ottawa.
If an at-large nominee, the person must have made significant contributions to the West Ottawa athletic program.

Nomination Form
Nomination Submission
If you wish to make a nomination, please fill out the nomination form and send to:

West Ottawa Athletic Department
Hall of Fame Selection Committee
3685 Butternut Drive
Holland, MI 49424

2019 Inductees

 KATRINA BALANGUE

CLASS OF 2005

  • Participated In Sideline Cheer, Competitive Cheer, Track & Field
  • Earning 12 Varsity Letters – One Of Only Two In School History
  • Competitive Cheer
  • All-Conference 1st Team 2003, 2005; Honorable Mention 2004
  • All-Region 1st Team 2005
  • All-State 1st Team 2003, 2005; Honorable Mention 2004
  • Academic All-State 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Competitive Cheer Coaches Association Scholarship 2005
  • Conference Championships 2002, 2005
  • Four Regional Championships 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • State Finals: 3rd – 2002 & 2003, 5th – 2004, State Runner-Up – 2005
  • Academic All-State Team: Highest GPA In The State 2004, 2005
  • Track & Field
  • Regional Qualifier: High Jump: 4th – 2004, 3rd – 2005
  • Tri-Sport Athlete Award – All Four Years
  • Four Year Scholar Athlete
  • Frank Piersma Scholar Athlete Scholarship 2005

AUDREY (COATES) AKLAND

CLASS OF 1993

  • Participated In Tennis
  • Earning 4 Varsity Letters
  • Defined West Ottawa Women’s Tennis
  • 1st Women’s Tennis Player Inducted
  • #1 Singles – Four Consecutive Years: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • All-Conference – Four Consecutive Years: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • #1 Singles Over-All Record: 89 Wins – 27 Losses; 76.7%
  • State Finals: Team – 1989;   Individual – 1991, 1992 – Semi-Finals
  • West Ottawa Team Captain – Senior Year – 1992
  • Scholar Athlete All-American – 1992
  • Attended Hope College
  • #1 Singles: 1993 – 1996; #1 Doubles: 1994 – 1996
  • Holds Career Singles Record: 87 Wins – 17 Losses
  • All-MIAA – Four Consecutive Years: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
  • MIAA Conference MVP: Three Consecutive Years: 1995, 1996, 1997
  • Hope Team Captain: 1996, 1997
  • GTE Academic All-American – 1997
  • NCAA All-American: Singles – 1994; Doubles – 1996
  • Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award – 1996

Jim Visser

Class Of 1965

  • Participated In Football, Basketball, And Track & Field
  • Earned 8 Varsity Letters
  • Football – Offense & Defense, Kick-Off & Kick Receive Teams
  • Basketball – Could Dunk Basketball – At 6’ Tall
  • Track & Field
  • Three Time State Qualifier
  • 440 Yard Dash; 1 Mile; 880 Yard Relay
  • Established Six School Records (Some On Cinder Track)
  • Held Six Of The Twelve Varsity Track Records
  • 440 Yard Dash – :52.8; 880 Yard Run – 2:03.8;
  • Mile – 4:37.2: Conference & Regional Champion Placed 7th In State Meet
  • Mile Relay – 3:34.0
  • 880 Yard Relay – 1:33.7
  • Long Jump – 20’ 7”
  • West Ottawa Participated In The Grand Valley Conference

KEITH G. SCHAAP

Coach

  • Basketball
  • 44 Years Of Coaching 1972 – 2017
  • 37 Years At Mac Bay Middle School
  • 7th & 8th Grade Boys & Girls Basketball
  • Many Years – Back To Back Seasons
  • 30 Plus Years Boys Basketball
  • 17 Years Girls Basketball
  • Five Undefeated Seasons
  • West Ottawa High School Girls Junior Varsity Coach – 7 Years
  • Over-All Record: 101 Wins – 38 Losses
  • 1989 Record: 19 Wins – 1 Loss; Conference Record: 14 Wins – 0 Losses
  • Basketball Coaches Association Of Michigan Recognition
  • 2008 Century Club
  • 400 Plus Wins At The Sub-Varsity Level Thru 2007
  • West Ottawa Middle School Athletic Director: 2007 – 2012

Past Hall of Fame Inductees

Jeffrey S. Allen- Football, Wrestling, Track & Field (2004)
Travis Allen- Football, Wrestling, Track & Field (2002)
Sam Angell- Football, Swimming, Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field (2008)
Brian Baker- Football, Basketball, Baseball (2013)
Kris (Bale) Jones- Cross Country, Track & Field (2005)
Ron Bekins- Volunteer (2007)
Alicia (Bernier) Kortering- Track & Field (2001)
John Boes- Swimmimg, Tennis (2017)
Carin (Borr) VonIns- Basketball, Volleyball, Track & Field (2005)
Karen Beverwyk- Basketball, Track & Field (1997)
Donna (Blauwkamp) Lyles- Volleyball, Track & Field (1998)
Rex Bluekamp Smith- Swimming (2004)
Roger Borr- Athletic Director (2000)
Norm Bredeweg- Coach:  Cross Country, Track (1998)
Bob Brock- Cross Country, Track & Field (2010)
Joyce Buitendorp Hamstra- Athletic Secretary (2017)
Jack Carlson- Coach:  Football, Girls Track & Field (2001)
Jeff Carlson- Golf, Basketball, Tennis (2017)
Jim Caserta- Coach: Football, Baseball (2013)
Roger Chiaverini- Coach:  Football (2003)
Ken Cooper- Swimming (1997)
Kyle Curtiss- Baseball, Basketball, Football (2006)
Lou De Vries- Football, Wrestling, Track & Field (2010)
David D. Dobb- Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball (2010)
Dr. Jerome Dykstra- Team Doctor (1997)
Dave Farabee- Baseball, Basketball, Football, Track & Field (2000)

Kathy Vis Gross- Basketball, Volleyball, Track & Field (2009)
Lora (Haltenhoff) Purdy- Basketball, Volleyball, Track & Field (1999)
Jon Helder- Football, Swimming, Track & Field (1997)
Sharon Hendrickson- Coach:  Girls Soccer (2004)
Dave Henson- Basketball, Track (2015)
Mark Hill- Football, Wrestling, Track (2001)
Ray Holliman- Football, Basketball, Track & Field (1999)
Thad Hosner- Soccer, Diving, Track & Field (2005)
Paul Hooker- Booster (2002)
Robert Hunter- Football, Basketball, Track & Field (2009)
Ameer Ismail- Football, Basketball, Track & Field (2011)
Carl W. Jaeger- Avid Supporter (2003)
Bruce Johns- Football, Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball (2008)
Margo Jonker- Bowling, Basketball, Softball (2001)
Rick Jurries- Athletic Fields Perfectionist (2011)
Dan Kender- Football, Basketball, Baseball (2005)
Deb Kiekover- Athletic Trainer, Event Manager, WO Fanatic (2013)
Michelle Kolean- Booster, Swim Meet Announcer, Statistician (2001)
Steven Kruithoff- Football, Wrestling, Baseball, Track (2014)
Tom Kruithoff- Football, Wrestling, Baseball (2002)
Wally Kruithoff- Booster (1998)
Deb Langworthy- Volunteer (2005)
Patty Langworthy Saltarelli- Cross Country, Track & Field (2007)
Randall  Lee Lawrence- Cross Country, Track & Field (2016)
Kim Wheeler Lewis- Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Softball (2014)
Lynn Allan Locki- Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track & Field (2012)
Janice Looman Wehrmyer- Cheerleading, Volleyball, Track & Field (2006)
Sara Looman Gortsema- Swimming, Volleyball, Soccer (2003)
Susan Looman Collins- Swimming, Volleyball, Soccer (2003)
Carrie Lorenz Heffner- Basketball, Volleyball, Track (1999)
Herb Maatman- Athletic Director (1999)
Terri McFarland- Basketball, Volleyball, Softball (1999)
John Merryman- Athletic Event Worker/Coach (2014)
Jane Meyers- Coach:  Boys & Girls Swimming & Diving (2009)
Steve Myers- Coach:  Volleyball (2005)
Chris Mudget Garcia- Basketball, Track & Field (2004)
Karl Nadolsky JR.- Wrestling, Football (2012)
Spencer Nadolsky- Football, Wrestling, Track & Field (2016)
Pat Nelis- Swimming (1998)

Tom Nienhuis- Swimming (2000)
Mary Tietge Nienhuis- Coach:  Basketball, Track & Field (2008)
Vicki Nienhuis- Basketball, Softball (2001)
Mary (Norman) Fregene- Swimming, Soccer (2017)
Chip Owen- Track (2016)
Steve Owen- Volunteer, Track & Field (2016)
Karen Page- Coach: Boys & Girls Tennis (2002)
Kelli Piatt Polinskey- Coach: Sideline/Competitive Cheer (2014)
Steven F. Piersma- Football, Basketball, Baseball (2007)
Christopher Raphael- Swimming, Tennis, Track (2015)
James A. Redell- Coach (2012)
Henry Reest- Coach:  Swimming (1997)
Rob Renes- Football, Wrestling, Baseball, Track & Field (2003)
Richard Rithamel- Football, Track & Field (2002)
Jennifer Ritsema Dutmers- Basketball, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball (2000)
Andrew Scheerhorn- Swimming (2016)
Scott J. Sprick- Football, Basketball, Baseball (2006)
Todd Sprick- Football, Basketball, Baseball (2009)
Jodi Sprick DeNeff- Basketball, Volleyball, Softball (2007)
Rodney Stevenson- Football, Basketball, Track & Field (2002)
Michael TenBrink- Football, Baseball (2006)
James Tietema- Wrestling (2015)
Dan Tripp- Football, Basketball, Baseball (2003)
Daniel Lee Troost- Swimming, Track (2015)
Scott Tubergan- Football, Swimming, Track & Field (1998)
Tom Updegraff- “Super Fan” (2016)
Matt VanderBeek- Football, Track & Field (1998)
C.J. VanWieren- Football, Basketball, Baseball (2013)
Jim Visser- Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track & Field (2006)
Bert Von Ins- Track & Field Volunteer (2010)
Karl Von Ins- Coach:  Track & Field, Basketball (2000)
Erika Wade Knoerr- Basketball, Volleyball, Track & Field (2008)
Doug Waldron- Coach:  Baseball (1997)
Nicholas John Weeber- Coach, Middle School Athletic Director (2004)
Ron Wetherbee- Coach:  Football, Baseball (1999)
Lisa Wolterink- Basketball, Volleyball, Softball (2012)
Brent Wyckoff- Coach:  Boys & Girls Soccer  (2011)
Rick A. Zavadil- Swimming (2015)
Les Zomermaand- Football, Baseball (1997)