VanderKooi To Join Soccer

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VanderKooi To Join Soccer

(Wednesday, December 9; Sioux Center, Iowa) Lucas VanderKooi, a senior at Kalamazoo Christian High School, has announced his intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender soccer program.

“Lucas is player with a lot of potential and he comes from a quality program coached by Jay Allen. We look forward to seeing him grow in his faith, develop as a player, and become a servant-leader on our campus,” said Dordt men’s coach Ryan Gresse.

VanderKooi scored nine goals as a junior and six during his senior year and earned all-conference, all-district and all-region honors and claimed all-state honorable mention in both 2019 and 2020. VanderKooi has played both midfield and defense during his career and was a part of district champion teams in 2019 and 2020.

“I chose Dordt because of the opportunity to continue my soccer career under a dedicated coaching staff and study Computer Science at a Christian university,” said VanderKooi.

Lucas is the son of Joel and Jackie VanderKooi of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He plans to study Computer Science at Dordt.

Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition. The Defender athletic program is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and the Mid-American Collegaite Hockey Association (MACHA). 

U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine,, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,500 students.