Calvin College assistant men's and women's cross country coach Al Hoekstra has been an integral member of the Calvin cross country program and track and field program since joining the coaching staff in time for the 1986-87 academic year.
A native of Palos Heights, Illinois, Hoekstra's running career began at Chicago Christian High School where he was a state qualifier in cross country as a senior before graduating in 1973. He continued at Calvin where he was a three-year member of the Calvin men's cross country and track and field teams. While at Calvin, Hoekstra held Calvin records in the two-mile, three-mile, 3,000 meter steeplechase and indoor two-mile runs.
In addition to serving as an assistant coach with both cross country programs and with the men's and women's track and field teams, Hoekstra serves as the recruiting coordinator for Calvin's cross country program. While at Calvin, Hoekstra has helped Calvin capture 28 MIAA titles in men's cross country and 24 MIAA titles in women's cross country. He has also been a part of all six national titles in Calvin cross country history – two in women's cross country and four in men's cross country.
Hoekstra and his wife, Kris, have a son: Kurt.