Calvin Women's Soccer Names Assistant Coaching Staff

Calvin Women's Soccer Names Assistant Coaching Staff

Calvin College head women's soccer coach Emily Ottenhoff has announced her assistant coaching staff for upcoming 2018 campaign.

Making up her staff will be Tara Wegner, Stephanie DeMeester and Kacie Souders.

The trio brings a wealth of soccer experience and knowledge to the Calvin women's soccer coaching staff.

Originally a native of Grand Haven, Wegner will head into her third year as an assistant coach with the Calvin women's soccer program. Wegner is a 1999 Calvin College graduate where she was a two-time Division III All-American with the Calvin women's soccer program while also playing four years with the Calvin women's basketball program and spending one year on the Calvin women's track and field team.

Combined she was a part of eight MIAA championship teams as a Calvin student-athlete including three with the women's soccer program. She is Calvin's all-time career leader in goals (110) and points (263) and holds Calvin single-season records in goals (35) and points (80). She has served as a club soccer coach with the West Michigan Fire and played professionally with the West Michigan Firewomen of the USL-W League. In the summer of 2017, she served as a starting defender on the GRFC Women's Soccer team and helped the Blues capture the United Women's Soccer national title.

Wegner graduated from Calvin with a degree in biology and has worked for several years in West Michigan as a veterinary technician. She and her husband Cliff reside in Hudsonville, Michigan.

DeMeester hails from Des Moines, Iowa. She is a 2015 Calvin College graduate. DeMeester played various competitive levels in high school including the Region II Iowa ODP team before heading to Calvin. She spent two years as a goalkeeper with the Calvin women's soccer program before deciding to switch over to coaching club youth soccer teams and goalkeepers in the Grand Rapids area.

DeMeester was graduated from Calvin with a degree in business with a marketing concentration. She currently works at Gordon Food Service in the Grand Rapids area as a digital marketing specialist. She spends her lunch hours playing pick-up soccer with a group of retired high school/collegiate soccer players.

She and her husband Ryan reside in Grand Rapids.

A native of Grand Rapids, Souders prepped at nearby Forest Hills Central High School where she helped lead the Rangers to a Division II state title, scoring the winning goal in the 2005 MHSAA State Championship final. Souders continued her soccer career at Messiah College (Pa.).  While there, she was a standout player with the Messiah women's soccer program, receiving Division III All-America honors in 2008 and helping lead the Falcons to national titles in 2005 and 2008 while also earning a spot in the NCAA III Tournament finals in 2007 and the semifinals in 2006.

Souders was graduated from Messiah while majoring in nutrition and dietetics as well as Sport and Exercise Science. She later served in a dietetics internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2010 and has served as a registered dietitian in the West Michigan area. She is married to Calvin head men's soccer coach Ryan Souders. She and her husband reside in Grand Rapids with their daughter Eden.

"I am thankful that Tara, Steph and Kacie have chosen to be part of our program," said Ottenhoff.  "I am excited to surround our student athletes with three women who have a great passion for the game of soccer and believe in its value as part of the collegiate experience.  I am look forward to working with them this fall as we aim to reach our potential as a group."

The Calvin women's soccer team will open practice in late August and is set to kick off its 2018 schedule on August 31 when it hosts Carthage at 4:30 p.m. at Zuidema Field.