News Release: John VanHolstyn receives Bob Stoppert Coach of the Year Award
Midland, MI – September 22, 2014- The Stoppert Selection Committee has named Calvary Baptist Academy (CBA) Varsity Soccer and Basketball Coach John VanHolstyn as the 2014 Bob Stoppert Coach of the Year. The award was established ten years ago to recognize an outstanding coach of any sport in a Midland County high school.
As a father, coach and role model, Bob Stoppert devoted a majority of his life investing in young people. In addition to his coaching experience, Stoppert was also a teacher at Midland High School, a member of the Lions Club for 56 years, an active member of the Methodist Church, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
This year’s recipient, John VanHolstyn, has been a teacher, athletic director, varsity basketball coach and varsity soccer coach at Calvary Baptist Academy in Midland for 30 years.
A Grand Rapids native and graduate of Grand Rapids Baptist College, VanHolstyn began his teaching career and coached soccer and basketball at White Lake Christian School in Montague from 1980-84. He has a 366-207 record over 31 years as a head basketball coach and a 310-154 record over 34 years as a head soccer coach. VanHolstyn has coached the Calvary Baptist Academy Kings to five MACS state soccer titles: in 1984, 1998, 1999, 2001 and last fall.
His basketball teams have excelled with numerous conference titles and trips to the state championship game as runner up in 1994, 1997, 1999, 2004 and 2005. He has led three teams to state titles: 1992, 2011 and 2014.
This year was the first time ever that CBA won both soccer and basketball titles in the same year.
VanHolstyn was presented the award during a Lion’s Club ceremony held on September 16th at the Midland Country Club.
Calvary Baptist Academy Principal and Pastor David Warren nominated VanHolstyn. “John has poured his life into the young men he coaches and has made them better men,” said Warren. “He is known for his character – simply put, coach V is a mentor.”
A plaque was presented to Jim during the ceremony by Frank Altimore and Oscar Hahn, both well-known retired coaches in the Midland community. A permanent plaque will also reside at the Midland Community Center.