WMU Head Women's Coach Nate Norman to Coach U16/17 Girls Session on Feb 27
Western Michigan University Head Women's Soccer Coach Nate Norman will be running a practice session for the U16/17 Girls at MVP Sports Spot on Thursday, February 27 from 5:30-7pm.
This session is open to all U16/17 Girls.
News & Views: Articles by Ken Tamke
This page is home to the works of our resident editorialist, Coach Ken Tamke. Ken enjoys writing topical pieces on the sport as well as news articles celebrating the success of GR Crew Juniors’ teams, players, and coaches.
Ken holds a USSF B license and has been coaching youth soccer since 1976 and during that span, has seen it all. He has been a member of GR Crew Juniors’ coaching staff since 2007.
He spent 12 years as Director of Coaching for Lakeshore United in Holland, MI.
As of late, Ken has been working in an area of his expertise for GR Crew Juniors: building the technical skills of some of the club’s youngest players and teaching them the proper way to play the game.
MC Sports Weekend for GR Crew Juniors Families: February 28 - March 2
Grand Rapids Crew Juniors families can enjoy 20% off their purchases the weekend of Feburary 28 - March 2, 2014 courtesy of the club's newest sponsor, MC Sports!
Click the image at left to enlarge, then print and redeem February 28 - March 2 at Kentwood, Plainfield, Rogers Plaza, Grandville, Holland, Kalamazoo, and Portage (MI) locations.
Royer Commits to Dallas Baptist University for 2015
February 16, 2014
Congratulations to Elise Royer on committing to play soccer at Dallas Baptist University in the fall of 2015.
Elise is currently a part of our U17 Girls Gold team that won State Cup this fall and has made the decision to continue her studies in Texas.
Elise’s decision caps off what has been a great 12 months for the junior, in which she led her Grandville High School team to a D1 state final, joined the Crew and won our first State Championship.
Elise will next be in action for Crew this summer at regionals with her U17 Gold team in Dayton, Ohio.
She will be joining the Patriots who play their NCAA D2 soccer in the Heartland Conference. Elise will be joining DBU’s nursing program and will enter into a dual study program with Baylor University.
Congratulations and good luck Elise from all at the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors.
GR Crew Juniors Staff to Host Coaching Clinic
Brittany Tanner Commits to MSU
February 10, 2014
Brittany Tanner has verbally committed to play soccer at Michigan State University starting in the fall of 2015.
Brittany currently plays on our U17 Girls Gold team and has had great success playing with her team in the USYS National League and around the ODP program in recent years. Tanner has played for Crew for several years now.
GR Crew Juniors Girls Director of Coaching Lewis Robinson thinks she has earned her great opportunities. He says, “Brittany is a great example of what a top Crew player should be; she has fantastic strengths in her tactical awareness as a forward, her power and strength to hold the ball, a great eye for the goal, and a passion for the game to improve and continue working hard. She is a very coachable player that is a pleasure to work with; she looks to play and train every day and is always looking to improve her game. These strengths have taken her to be one of the top forwards in the country and I have no doubt she will continue to improve and be very successful at MSU."
GR Crew Juniors Director of Coaching (Tanner’s current club coach) Josh Sheldon also praised the forward; “Brittany is a player that can change a game at any moment and will always have huge impacts on games. She works very hard to create opportunities and is a great player to have on any team. She will be a constant threat for the Spartans and is a player we are very proud of here at the Crew”.
Brittany sat out the fall season recovering from knee surgery but made her comeback at the Disney Showcase and is already back training right now to be ready to play at the collegiate level.
You can see Brittany playing this summer for our Crew W20 team and also for her U17 Girls team at Regionals in Dayton, Ohio.
Congratulations, Brittany, from the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors soccer family!
GRCJ Coach John Conlon Named NFHS Central Sectional Coach of the Year
John Conlon has been named the 2013 Central Sectional Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
The Central sectional includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin. John is one of eight finalists for NFHS National Coach of the Year.
John has coached perennial powerhouse East Kentwood High School for 14 years and was the recipient of the 2012 National Coach of the Year award given by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
He is Director of Coaching for Grand Rapids Crew Juniors-Kentwood and coaches the U8 Boys Crew Kentwood Gold team.
GR Crew's Josh Sheldon Selected as Coach for MLS Combine
January 9, 2014
GR Crew Juniors' coach Josh Sheldon has been selected as one of the coaches for the MLS Combine, held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from January 10-14, 2014.
The MLS Combine is an opportunity for approximately 60 players, hand-selected by the MLS, to showcase their talents prior to the MLS SuperDraft on January 16.
The players are comprised from a group of elite NCAA seniors, underclassmen who sign Generation adidas contracts, and international invitees. 19 MLS coaching staffs will be on hand to scout the players, who are divided into 4 teams and play a series of games with light training in between.
Josh Sheldon will be coaching Team adiZero along with Division I coach Bobby Muuss, the Head Coach at Denver University and 2013 Summit League Coach of the Year. Sheldon is one of 4 club coaches nationwide selected to coach at the Combine.
He is currently the Director of Coaching and General Manager for Grand Rapids Crew Juniors, as well as the coach for the State Cup Champion Crew U17 Gold Girls team.
For more information on the combine, click the link below.
Make Your Tax Deductible Donation to GR Crew Juniors
To enhance the lives of young athletes by developing their soccer skills and creating passion for the game of soccer through professional coaching, quality programming, and team building within a competitive club environment.
Please consider being a supporter of Grand Rapids Crew Juniors. We are celebrating our 7th year and have over 1,800 athletes participating in our program. With your help, we can continue our commitment to the community in providing scholarships to athletes who otherwise could not participate in the program.
Grand Rapids Crew Juniors is registered as a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to GRCJ are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. To date, we have been able to provide scholarships to over 450 athletes since 2009.
"The difference the scholarship makes for me is not just about the chance to play soccer, but it is an example of a better way to live in the future. Someday I'll be faced with a choice to help someone in need or to ignore the request for help. The scholarship has demonstrated that I need to make a difference when it's my turn." - Rebekah
"The financial aid that the Crew has offered me has made it possible for me to play for a great team in a great club and to be coached by great coaches. Through soccer, I have been able to improve as a player and a person." - Mirza
"Club scholarships I've received have helped provided me with the opportunity to play at a level I would have otherwise not been able to afford. I have met many people from all over through my involvement in soccer. Playing soccer helped me build friendships and develop leadership skills. Being a part of a team has also taught me the value of patience." - Tarwo
For more information or to make your tax-deductible donation today, please contact Kristie
The Club is proud to announce that seven GR Crew Juniors teams were accepted into the presitigious Midwest Regional League (MRL).
The MRL’s mission is to provide the highest-level competition in the Midwest. Teams must earn the right to compete in the MRL, based on their play in each State Association’s competitions.
Teams accepted into the MRL include Grand Rapids Crew Juniors’ U13 Boys Gold, U13 Girls Gold, U14 Girls Gold, U15 Boys Gold, U16 Boys Gold, U17 Boys Gold, and U18 Boys Gold.
GR Crew Juniors Teams to Head South for Disney Tournament
November 8, 2013
Five GR Crew Juniors teams will be traveling to Florida to compete in one of the nation’s top events, the Disney Soccer Showcase.
Taking place from December 27 through January 4, GRCJ players will have the opportunity to compete with some of the nation’s top teams and be seen by college coaches from across the country.
The U15 Boys, U16 Boys, U16 Girls, U17 Girls, and U17 Boys teams will be representing our club. Good luck and safe travels!
Join Us for the Spooktacular Soccer Shootout on October 30
October 10, 2013
Hey boys and girls, ages 4-8!
GR Crew Juniors will be running the 1st Annual Spooktacular Soccer Shootout on October 30, 2013 and you are invited!
The event is October 30, 2013 and runs from 6-8pm. It is indoors at MVP Sports Spot at 3701 32nd Street in Kentwood. There will be games, contests, and loads of fun. Refreshments will be provided.
Bill Simonson will be broadcasting live on The Huge Show and will feature interviews with GR Crew Juniors coaches.
Join us for a spooktacular time!
GR Crew Juniors Coaches Headline MSYSA Coaching Symposium
August 19, 2013
This past weekend, GR Crew Juniors coach Lewis Robinson was asked to present to Michigan coaches at the MSYSA Coaching Symposium held in Traverse City.
With assistance from fellow GR Crew coach James Gilpin, Coach Robinson ran two on-field sessions and one classroom lecture, all based on preparing teams for high-level competition. About 50 coaches from around the state were in attendance.
Our Crew coaches got to headline the program alongside Ajax academy coaches from the Netherlands.
Speaking of the event Robinson said, “it’s always nice to be invited to an event like this and it was a great opportunity for me to pass on information and pick up some great things too. A big part of our job as coaches is continuously improving and picking up new ideas and the weekend was great for everybody involved.”
GR Crew Juniors Host College Showcase
August 5, 2013
College coaches from across the state of Michigan descended upon Grand Rapids to watch nearly 70 of the club’s top female players on Thursday, August 1 at MVP Fieldhouse.
Represented at the showcase were: Albion College, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Central Michigan University, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, University of Detroit, and Western Michigan University.
Grand Rapids Crew Juniors Converge on Saginaw MSYSA State Cup Quarterfinal/Semifinal Recap
by KEN TAMKE, USSF “B” LICENSE COACH - May 24, 2013
It was an exodus that began for some on Friday night and continued throughout the weekend, back and forth, up and over. Our visit en masse generated a spike in the Saginaw economy.I calculate there must have been at least 20-30 Crew cars on the road at all times, save for the middle of the night.Nine Grand Rapids Crew Juniors teams, and one TKO Crew team played their way in to the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association State Cup competition quarterfinal/semifinal weekend.It seemed as if every third person at the Saginaw Soccer Complex on Saturday was from the Crew family - our posse.
Each day you’re faced with making decisions on where to spend your time and monies. We appreciate your willingness to invest in our club and are working every day to find way to stretch those monies. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce that the Crew is starting a Scrip program to help our families build funds for their players.TheScrip program provides non- profit groups the opportunity for families to use their shopping habits to earn money.
Basically with the program you order gift cards to use for your shopping needs and a rebate will be earned with each card.These rebates will be placed in a family account to be used for your player’s costs.
If you are familiar with the Scripprogram-You can go to www.shopwithscrip.comand set up your Crew account using the Enrollment Code: DL4D4B6E25187. You will also need to set up a PrestoPay account so that online ordering will be facilitated.Orders will be placed on Monday mornings with delivery on Wednesdays.
We will have additional information on our Scrip News page.