Coaches & Directors

We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact one of the coaches. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please use the "Contact Us" button on the left hand side of the homepage.


Coaching Staff

Sam T Hoekstra

Aquatic Director/Head Coach


Sam is a former Division I NCAA All-American and Olympic trial qualifying swimmer at the University of Louisville.  He was most recently the head swim coach of the West Ottawa Swim Club and assistant coach of the boys and girls varsity swim teams at West Ottawa.  He was the head coach of the girls water polo team at West Ottawa and is a clinician on the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour.  

Sam has a passion for teaching swimmers of all ages and abilities and believes that swimming is a great tool to help kids develop the character and skills they need to be successful in all areas of life.

GO Bulldogs!


Norm VerMeulen

Head Age Group Coach


Norm has been coaching swimming full time for the past 8 years. He made the move to Byron Center in 2013 to help expand the team in both size and level of success. 

Office hours: 2pm-330pm

Lauren Hoekstra

Assistant Coach


Lauren swam competitively for nine years & started coaching age group in 2005. She has been a USA and ASCA certified coach for seven years. This is her sixth season with Byron Center, after spending two years coaching with Cardinal Aquatics in Kentucky. 


Klare Northuis

Assistant Coach


Klare swam competitively for 14 years and has taught swimming lessons and coached age group prior to becoming a USA coach. This is her fifth season with Byron Center, after previously coaching for Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics and West Michigan Swimmers.