GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan -- Calvin College has announced the 2017 recipients of its highest athletic honors: the Beré Memorial Award and the Kay Tiemersma Athletic Award.
Stephan Hooker of Hudsonville, Michigan, is this year's Beré Memorial Award winner while Laura Danhoff of Willard, Ohio, is this year's recipient of the Tiemersma Award.
The Beré Memorial Award has been presented annually by Calvin since 1951. The Beré honors the top senior male student-athlete, based on athletic ability, scholastic rank, character and leadership, and is selected by the school's male coaches and the members of the Athletics Committee. It is given in memory of Joe Beré, a Calvin student who was killed in a 1949 auto accident on his way to watch a Calvin basketball game. The winner is selected by the coaches of the school's men's sports and an Athletics Committee made up of students and non-physical education department faculty members.
This is the 43rd year that Calvin has given the Tiemersma award--presented annually to the top senior female student-athlete. The award honors Kay Tiemersma, the first woman physical education teacher in the member schools of the Christian Schools International organization, and a pioneer in women's sports. Its presentation is based on athletic ability, scholastic standing, and character and leadership. The winner is selected by the coaches of the school's women's sports and an Athletics Committee made up of students and non-physical education department faculty members.
Stephan Hooker hails from Hudsonville and is a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School. A four-year starter in midfield for the Calvin men's soccer team, Hooker was named the MIAA's Most Valuable Player this fall after leading Calvin to its 10th consecutive MIAA regular season title and its third straight MIAA Tournament title. He then led Calvin to the NCAA III Tournament finals before the Knights fell to Tufts University 1-0 in the national championship final. Prior to the NCAA III Final Four, he was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-America first team after receiving first team NSCAA Division III All-Central region honors for the second straight year.
As a freshman in 2013, Hooker was named the MIAA's Freshman of the Year and landed a spot on the All-MIAA second team. He was then named to the All-MIAA first team three consecutive years and also landed a spot on the NSCAA Division III All-Central Region second team in 2014.
Hooker was a team captain in both 2015 and 2016, helping Calvin reach the NCAA III Final Four both years. He was a part of three NCAA III Tournament teams as a member of the Calvin men's soccer team.
He finished his career with 39 goals, 16 assists and 94 points. He ranks seventh on the Calvin career list for goals and eighth in points.
Over the course of his career he played and started in 95 of a possible 95 games while helping lead Calvin to an overall won-loss record of 79-11-5.
In the classroom, Hooker is majoring in business marketing while holding minors in kinesiology and psychology. He is scheduled to graduate from Calvin on Saturday.
This fall, he was named to the College Sports Information Directors Association of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District team in men's soccer.
This fall, he helped the Calvin men's soccer team achieve the NSCAA Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award as the Knights received only five yellow cards and no red cards during the 2016 season.
He has also served a soccer summer camp counselor as well as a Calvin SAAC representative. In addition, he has coached locally with the Grand Rapids River City Rascals youth soccer program.
Hooker is the second member of his immediate family to receive the Bere' Memorial Award as his older brother Scott Hooker was so honored in 2011 after a distinguished four-year career of his own.
Stephan Hooker is the son of Alan and Cindy Hooker of Hudsonville, Michigan.
Laura Danhoff hails from Willard, Ohio. She is a graduate of Willard High School. Over the last four years, Danhoff has put together an amazing four-year career on the Calvin women's volleyball team.
A four-year starter as a middle-blocker, Danhoff holds the distinction of playing on a pair of national championship teams at Calvin, doing so as a freshman in 2013 and again this past fall as a senior.
She was named the MIAA's Freshman of the Year in 2013 and landed a spot on the All-MIAA second team and Great Lakes All-Region honorable mention list later that fall. She was subsequently named to the All-MIAA first team the following three years and was named the MIAA's Most Valuable Player this fall. She was a five-time MIAA Player of the Week and led Calvin to four consecutive MIAA regular season championships, four straight NCAA III Tournament berths and three appearances in the NCAA III Final Four.
Danhoff is majoring in kinesiology and will graduate from Calvin on Saturday. She will begin graduate school in physical therapy at the University of Mount Union next fall.
Laura Danhoff is the daughter of Don and Sharon Danhoff of Willard, Ohio.