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HOLLAND, Michigan, June 18. THE Holland High School Dutch picked one of its alumni to lead the boys' and girls' swim programs, as Sam Soukup was announced Tuesday as the new head coach.
Soukup, who graduated from Holland in 2008, replaces the legendary Don Kimble. Kimble was responsible for numerous state titles, and guided the girls to a national public high school record in the 200 medley relay in 2011. According to an article in the Holland Sentinel, Soukup was a part of the 2007 state championship team as a freestyler.
"It hasn't quite sunk in that I get this opportunity at my old stomping grounds," Soukup said. "I want to help create well-rounded people, and that is a tradition at Holland. They are really good kids. If I can build that teamwork and get that excitement level going again, those finer details of winning and swimming well will take care of themselves. It is exciting. The opportunity is something I want to grab a hold of. There has been a very successful and dominant program here for a while, and I want to keep that going."
The Holland girls team won the Division II state title last November for the third-straight year, but Soukup will have some work to do with the boys team. They finished 15th at the 2014 state meet, one year after hoisting the team championship trophy.
Soukup's recent high school coaching experience includes a stint in Texas at Cypress Lakes High School. He was a student-athlete at Grand Valley State University.