Staff

Men's Team

Lewis Robinson
Men's Head Coach

Lewis Robinson, who led the GRFC Women to a UWS title during their inaugural campaign this past summer, was named Men’s Head Coach for the 2018 season.  He has been successful at every level of soccer in West Michigan, coaching in the high school ranks at Grandville, and is currently the Women’s Head Coach at Aquinas College and Director of Coaching for Midwest United.

During his time coaching at the Youth level with Midwest United, he has won 9 State Cups, 3 Regional Championships, and 2 National Championships. He is also on staff with MSYSA Coaching Education, and is a part of the US Soccer Training Center Coaching Staff.  He holds a USSF “A” License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and English FA Level 1 License.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be given this opportunity to become GRFC Head Coach. What the club has accomplished in the past few years is truly impressive, and I will work as hard as I possibly can to continue to improve the program. I am looking forward to getting to work and putting together a team that will represent GRFC, and the City of Grand Rapids in the right way, and hopefully create many more fantastic memories for this great club!”

Steve Herdsman
Assistant Coach
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.

Remco Bergsma
Assistant Coach
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.

Brent Kowalski
Assistant Coach

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.

Chris Cousins
Director of International Player Recruitment
Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to GRFC, with his background in scouting. He has been scouting the world for the majority of U.S. College programs for the past 8 years, with many players going on to be stars in the NPSL and PDL. With many going onto the professional ranks around the USA and beyond.

Adding to his work with SRUSA, Chris has been a General Manager in the PDL, and has scouted for professional level organizations too.

Women's Team

James Gilpin
Women's Head Coach
Gilpin, 27, becomes the third head coach in GRFC Women’s Team history after spending the last three seasons as the goalkeeping coach for the men’s team. Under his tenure, the Boys in Blue recorded 13 competitive clean sheets, including both 2016 Midwest Region playoff matches.

“I would like to thank the hiring committee at Grand Rapids FC who have given me the opportunity to lead the women’s team for the upcoming UWS season” said Gilpin.  “I look forward to continuing where Coach Allen left off and speak on behalf of everyone associated with the team in wishing him and his family the very best. To be a part of the club since day one and having the opportunity to help grow the brand and the sport in the area gives me great motivation. I will give my all to building a team that the Grand Rapids FC faithful and West Michigan can be proud of.”

A native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, Gilpin has worked with Midwest United FC since 2011 and currently serves as Boys Coordinator and Goalkeeping Director. He is also an ODP Goalkeeper Coach and the founder of Complete Goalkeeping.

Prior to his coaching career, Gilpin played one season at Davenport University in 2009, posting a 7-7-0 record with a 1.75 goals against average, a 0.714 save percentage and two shutouts in 15 starts. Gilpin represented Scotland at the U16 level, and spent time in the Sunderland and Newcastle United academies before signing a professional contract with Scottish powerhouse Celtic.