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Athletes to take the pitch in 2023

GRCC — For the first time in Grand Rapids Community College history, women’s and men’s soccer teams will be competing next year.

In response to the growing national interest in the sport, GRCC Athletic Department leaders said they wanted to meet the increasing number of requests from potential student-athletes.

As a former college soccer player and head coach, the sport is ‘near and dear’ to GRCC Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo (courtesy)

Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo said men’s and women’s soccer teams will be ready to compete in fall 2023, the first new sport introduced at the college since 2014. 

“I’m ecstatic to be able to add men’s and women’s soccer to our offering of sports here at GRCC,” Ferullo said. “As a former college soccer player and head coach, the sport is near and dear to me.”

Ferullo said soccer is currently the most asked-about sport from prospective student-athletes when they visit campus.

“Adding the teams will create opportunities for our students in the community that we serve,” she said.

Ferullo and the Athletic Department are already starting the process of hiring coaches and recruiting players. 

Soccer will join a long list of sports GRCC currently offers, including volleyball, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, golf, baseball, softball, men’s cross country and women’s cross country.

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”

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