GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Football Club has hired Remco Bergsma and Brent Kowalski as assistant coaches for the 2018 National Premier Soccer League season. In addition, assistant coach Steve Herdsman will reprise his coaching role with GRFC.
Bergsma has been a member of the coaching staff at Midwest United FC since 2007, leading the U17 Boys to the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championship. He won four State Cups and four regional titles with the ’94 Boys along with one State Cup as an assistant coach with the GRASA U18 Boys.
In addition to his coaching success in club soccer, Bergsma was a member of the Forest Hills Central High School coaching staff, where he was a part of five MHSAA state championship teams. He also served as assistant coach of the PDL’s West Michigan Edge for two seasons. A native of Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, Bergsma played semi-professionally for AGOVV before moving to the United States.
Kowalski is reunited with head coach Lewis Robinson after serving as an assistant coach on Robinson’s staff with the GRFC Women’s Team during its inaugural 2017 United Women’s Soccer campaign. The Ladies in Blue finished with an 8-1-1 regular season record, winning the Midwest Conference title and the 2017 UWS National Championship.
A native of Grand Haven, Mich., Kowalski serves as head coach at Muskegon Community College, leading the Jayhawks to a 5-10 record in his first year at the helm. Kowalski also coaches with Lakeshore Premier SC and founded the Heart Soccer Academy in 2012.
Herdsman returns for his third season as an assistant coach, having joined the Boys in Blue’s coaching staff prior to their 2016 Great Lakes West Conference-winning season. He recently completed his second year as head coach at Cornerstone University, compiling an 8-25-3 record with the Golden Eagles.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Herdsman has coached with Midwest United FC since 2007, where he currently serves as Director of Sports Performance. Herdsman was awarded the 2017 Positive Coaching Alliance Caring Coach of the Year. He also served as head coach of the West Michigan Edge from 2007-08.
Colorado’s first choice (17th overall) in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft, Herdsman appeared in 51 regular season games in five seasons with the Rapids (2001-03) and the Columbus Crew (2004-05). The Kingston, Jamaica, native also appeared in five matches during the 2002 MLS Cup playoffs, helping Colorado reach the Western Conference Finals. Prior to starting his MLS career, Herdsman played professionally in Germany with Spandau BC before playing collegiate soccer at Cornerstone University, garnering WHAC Player of the Year honors in 2000.
GRFC returns to Houseman Field on Friday, May 4 as the Boys in Blue host Livonia City FC at 7:30 p.m. Additional home dates include May 19, May 27, June 3, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29 and July 7.