PAINESVILLE, Ohio—Lake Erie College Athletic Director Reid Guarnieri announced Tuesday (July 7) that Storm wrestling Head Coach Kevin Hoogenboom will take on the role of Coordinator of Development for Athletics.
Hoogenboom will continue to serve as the head coach of the wrestling team.
“Kevin Hoogenboom has shown a great deal of passion toward our ideals and exhibited a wonderful vision for the future of Lake Erie College and its programs,” said Guarnieri. “We look forward to him communicating that passion in order to strengthen relationships with our current sponsors, potential partners, and alumni. This is a critical time for Lake Erie Athletics to increase its base and support and we believe Kevin will be very successful in doing just that."
In his five years with the Storm, Hoogenboom has accomplished a lot on and off the mat. His teams have captured two straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships. Hoogenboom earned GLIAC and Regional Coach of the Year accolades in 2014 and 2015. Overall, the Storm has earned 14 appearances at the NCAA Division-II National Championships, where Zak Vargo and Matt Vandermeer earned runner-up honors.
Off the mat, Hoogenboom was instrumental in the gift the athletic department received from the Zappitelli family to create the Zappitelli Wrestling Complex. The Complex houses locker rooms, showers and a wrestling room for the wrestling team in addition to offices for wrestling, softball and men’s and women’s soccer.
“During the last several years, Storm Athletics has reached unprecedented heights on the playing field and in the classroom, all while developing a culture of family,” continued Guarnieri. “In order to sustain such success, and in keeping with the growth of the program, we have identified the need to enhance our fundraising efforts and develop even more connections with the Lake Erie College community.”
Over the past three years, the Storm has finished in the top 100 of the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup standings. The Director’s Cup ranks all 300 Division-II schools on their athletic accomplishments. This past year, the men’s lacrosse team became the first team since the Storm’s transition to Division-II in 2010 to be ranked first in the country. The Storm also boasted a school record 14 All-Americans for the 2014-2015 seasons, including the NCAA Division-II Indoor Triple Jump National Champion Joe Postwaite.
In addition to the Storm’s success on the field, over 140 student-athletes earned All-Conference academic honors in 2014-15. Members of the Storm also volunteered in the community, helping out with the Lake County Storm Youth Lacrosse Teams, participating in the Painesville City Schools Reading Program as well as volunteering at local food banks and the WDOK Rainbow Radiothon to benefit University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
In his new role, Hoogenboom will have responsibilities in several fundraising aspects of the athletic department. He will act as a conduit for the athletic department, its administrators, staff and coaches that engage in fundraising activities. He will also conduct and assist with major gift solicitations for the benefit of the athletic department and individual teams. Hoogenboom will also re-establish the Storm Booster Club and oversee all fundraising aspects of the annual Tibby Awards.
Over the last two fiscal years, Storm athletic programs have generated over half a million dollars through gate receipts, corporate sponsorships, major gifts, and other fundraising initiatives.
“We have been so grateful to the generous people who have impacted our program and hope that even more members of the community will want to partner with us in our family’s future accomplishments,” concluded Guarnieri.