Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Sam 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. 


Ashtyn Grevenstuk Assistant Coach

Ashtyn swam competitivey for ten years at Byron Center and started coaching age group in 2014 prior to USA. She has also been a lifeguard at Byron Center and tought swim lessons. Now she is an assistant coach and swim lessons coordinator and has worked for Byron Center Aquatics for 8 years now. 

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