Kim Vincent basically started the Grand Haven girls lacrosse program, and oversaw the team’s growth to a varsity sport.
Last year, she guided the Buccaneers to a state ranking and their best-ever season, a 13-3 campaign.
On Thursday, Vincent was named the new women’s lacrosse coach at Hope College. She takes over for Tracy Benjamin, who coached the Flying Dutch through their first two varsity seasons.
Vincent said the decision to leave the program she started back in 2005 was a difficult one.
“They contacted me and I jut thought I would go down there, find out a little more about it,” Vincent said. “It was very difficult to resist. They have a beautiful facility, and their academics are pretty top-rate. It seemed like the right thing to do.”
Telling her team about her decision to leave wasn’t easy for the former Buccaneers’ coach.
“I called a team meeting and I let the kids know,” she said. “Obviously it was hard for a lot of people to be there with it being Coast Guard, summer vacation, so I sent out an e-mail to follow up.
“There’s been a tremendous amount of support. I’ve received so many responses from parents, kids, everyone at school. They’re being very encouraging and positive. They’ve always been wonderful, but today there’s been a huge outpouring.”
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