Peter began his teaching career at Grand Rapids Christian High in 1949 after graduating from Calvin College. Pete became the school’s athletic director in 1958 and served through 1983.
Pete hired many Eagles Hall of Fame coaches and added more sports during his tenure than any of the previous or subsequent athletic directors. He added to the girls’ sports offering cross country, swim, softball, gymnastics, volleyball and tennis. He also added to boys sports with cross country, swim, wrestling, soccer, golf, football, hockey, and tennis. Football was a significant challenge to get started as he had to convince the community of its value.
Principal Jim Stapert gave a speech at Pete’s retirement party which said it best. “Mr. Boogaart is first and foremost a Christian gentleman and outstanding representative of Grand Rapids Christian High. He reflects and promotes the best values of this school and community. Those of us who have watched him closely over the years have been repeatedly amazed at his energy, his total commitment and his enormous capacity for work. Mr. Boogaart is our friend in the deepest and most profound sense of the word.”
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” – 1 John 1: 9-10
Larry is a graduate of Holland Christian in 1965, and began his teaching career in 1969 at GRCHS after graduating from Calvin College.
Coach Klaasen began his coaching career as a JV football coach and then moved on to become one of the most accomplished soccer coaches in West Michigan. As the boys varsity soccer coach, he added the freshman program, earned 22 league titles (1 west shore, 20 city league, 1 OK White), 14 district titles, 5 regional titles, 4 semi-final appearances and state championship wins in 1998 and 2001. Over his 33 year tenure for boys soccer, his teams were 506-152-22.
Coach Klaasen started the girls soccer program in 1989 and never lost a city league game with 12 city league titles, 7 district titles, 1 regional title, and 1 semi-final appearance for a 22 year record of 305-128-24.
Larry Klaasen is a wonderful example of how to be a tremendous teacher and coach and has been a blessing to all of the student athletes he has come into contact with over the years.
“He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8
Rich Schrotenboer, a 1964 South Christian graduate, began his teaching career in 1968 after graduating from Calvin College. Rich taught math for 42 years at Grand Rapids Christian High and loved every day of it.
Coach Schrotenboer loved all aspects of Eagles Athletics and served 15 years as an assistant coach in the football program. On the hard court, he coached JV boys basketball for 13 years and was an assistant coach at Calvin College for three years. Rich coached the Eagles boys varsity basketball team for 14 years with a record of 204-98, earning five city league championships, four district and two regional championships.
Rich served as Athletic Director from 2003 to 2005-06 and continues to mentor the athletic department staff. Rich is the announcer for all of the boys and girls basketball games, bringing a warmth and style that makes everyone feel at home.
Coach Schrotenboer walks the walk as a Christian coach, teacher and mentor. Thousands of students and student-athletes alike have benefitted from his wisdom and inspiration.
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
Dick graduated Timothy Christian in 1964 and then Calvin College in 1971. In 1971, Dick began his career at Grand Rapids Christian Schools as a teacher at Oakdale Christian, transferred to the high school as athletic director from 2001-2003 and currently serves as facility and event coordinator.
Coach VanderKamp first worked as an assistant football coach from 1970-1984 and started JV baseball in 1978 and then led the varsity baseball team from 1979-2001. His accomplishments include 3 city league titles, 7 district championships, 1 regional championship and a state semi-final appearance.
Kamp’s record of 357-244 is exceptional, as are the 3 professional, 6 Division-1, and 15 Division-3 athletes he coached, but his real accomplishment shines in the 368 players he mentored, most of whom he is still keeps in touch.
While athletic director Dick implemented many new programs including middle school cross country, cheer, and youth football.
Coach Kamp’s peers selected him as the district and regional Coach of the Year in 1984 and in 1995 he was selected as the head coach for the Annual East-West All-Star Game. In 2011, Dick was inducted into the MHSBCA Hall of Fame and his plaque is on display at Comerica Park.
Dick leaves a legacy as one of the most loyal, hardworking Eagles ever. His passionate support at games and greeting of guests at all our venues sets him apart as a most beloved figure here at GR Christian High.
“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.”
I Corinthians 10:13
John Warners began his teaching career at Grand Rapids Christian High School in 1957. The Warners family remains synonymous with Grand Rapids Christian – his children all graduated from the system, two of them are teachers here, and several of his grandchildren have graduated or currently attend Christian High.
John’s coaching career includes starting up girls basketball in 1959-1960 using funds from sandwich sales. He coached boys cross country for 26 years (1960-1986) with a record of 162-46 earning 19 conference titles, 3 regional titles, and 1 state runner-up. John started the girls cross country program in 1979, and served as their coach for seven years with a 40-2 dual record, seven undefeated conference titles, and 4 regional titles, including a state title in 1979. John also coached track for 15 years with Ken Bokhoven winning the girls track state title in 1980. Coach Warners holds the distinction of being the only coach to win two titles in the same year. His peers selected him as the MHSAA cross country coach of the year twice.
John Warners will be fondly remembered as a leader of young men and women with a servant heart who embodied the spirit of Christ-centered education and athletics.
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31
Ken Zandee graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School in 1955 and Calvin College in 1957. He began teaching at Christian High in 1959.
Coach Zandee’s accomplishments include a 27-4 record as the boys swim coach from 1961-1964, including 2 city league titles. In 1963, he coached the cross country team to a 7-1 record. He coached basketball from 1964-65 to 1983-84 and compiled a 252-181 record with 1 city league, 5 district, and 3 regional titles. He is most well-known for his tennis acumen, with a 381-36 record coaching boys tennis from 63-64 to 1983-84, earning 22 city league titles and 4 regional titles. In girls tennis, his record is 195-16 from 1984-85 to 1999-2000 which includes 12 city league titles, 2 regional titles and a state runner-up finish in 1988.
Coach Zandee’s peers have recognized him many times as regional Coach of the Year and in 1987 as the MHSCA BTE Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the MHS Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1993.
Coach Zandee’s combined varsity wins totaling 862 across 5 sports is impressive but his true legacy will remain in hearts of the many students he impacted with his wisdom, kindness and mentorship.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6