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New ZAGS Head Coach:
Zeeland Recreation is excited to announce that we have hired Andrew (Drew) Scheerhorn as our new ZAGS head coach! Coach Scheerhorn will also be serving as the West Michigan Swimmers (WMS) head coach under the direction of the WMS parent board. We are excited to partner with WMS in having Coach Scheerhorn oversee youth competitive aquatics in Zeeland. Drew is a native of Holland, MI and swam for West Ottawa High School before attending Clemson University on a swimming scholarship. He has coaching experience as a head middle school swim coach, assistant high school swim coach, and an age group swim coach. Most recently, he has been employed in the financial services industry in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is looking forward to moving back to West Michigan and devoting his time and energy into coaching our athletes. Most importantly, the WMS board and I feel Drew’s personality will be a great fit for Zeeland and for building great relationships.
ZAGS Parent Meeting:
As noted in the Zeeland Recreation fall/winter brochure, we have a mandatory parent meeting for all ZAGS parents on Monday, November 21st at 6:30pm at Zeeland West High School in room B116 (3390 100th Ave, Zeeland). Please be sure this date/time is on your calendars.
ZAGS “Rookie Night”: As noted in the Zeeland Recreation fall/winter brochure, all student-athletes that are new to ZAGS and competitive swimming this year (no matter the age) must attend “Rookie Night” on Tuesday, November 22nd at 6:30pm in the Zeeland West Natatorium (3390 100th Ave, Zeeland). New swimmers will be evaluated by the coaching staff in order to place each student at the proper development level. Be sure to bring a suit, goggles and towel.
ZAGS Practice Start Date/Time:
As noted in the Zeeland Recreation fall/winter brochure, the first ZAGS practice of the season will be on Monday, November 28th from 5:45pm-7:45pm at the Zeeland West Natatorium (3390 100th Ave, Zeeland). Practice schedules for the entire season will be handed out at this practice and posted on our website as soon as it is finalized. We appreciate your patience with the practice schedule as Coach Scheerhorn was only recently hired and we have yet to finalize the practice schedules for all the practices he will be leading for both ZAGS and WMS.
ZAGS Parent Volunteers Needed:
We are looking for parents/guardians who may be interested in volunteering for some duties we need covered in preparation for managing ZAGS home events. If you are interested in helping Coach Scheerhorn out in these areas, contact me directly (contact info is below). We would greatly appreciate it!
Don’t forget that registration for ZAGS is open. Contact our Zeeland Recreation office to get registered, or you can register on our website (http://recreation.zps.org).
Group Practice Requirements
8 & under: 25 Freestyle/25 Backstroke without stopping
9-10 yr. olds: 50 Freestyle/50 Backstroke without stopping
11-14 yr. olds: 100 Freestyle/100 Backstroke without stopping