Men's soccer coach
Steve DeCou signed the first two players of his Trinity tenure when high
school teammates Eric VandenBerg and Jamie Prins committed to play for
VandenBerg, a center defender,
and Prins, a goalkeeper, helped the Unity Christian Crusaders win their
conference and district. DeCou foresees both of them fortifying the Trolls'
"We have filled two pressing
needs that have arisen because we're losing players to graduation," DeCou
said. "Eric will bring a tenacious, blue-collar mentality, great athleticism,
and a tireless work ethic. Jamie will compete for our net-minding responsibilities.
He has great size for a goalie and is a good shot-stopper."
VandenBerg, also a starter
on Unity's basketball and baseball teams, was named to Michigan's all-state
team. Prins plays on his school's tennis team and limited opponents to
less than one goal per game while registering 10 shutouts in 2004. Both
have grade-point averages above 3.5.
The Trolls look to upgrade
last season's 6-10-2 record. DeCou hopes VandenBerg's and Prins' signings
will signal the beginning of an improved trend in his team's success.
"I am very excited about
these two commitments," he said. "We're getting two quality soccer players,
but more importantly, we're getting two quality students who will excel
in the classroom. Our goal is to win championships, and adding these young
men will help us achieve that goal."
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