Holland tennis player Nic Kooyers elected to Valparaiso Athletics Hall of Fame

VALPARAISO – When Nic Kooyers decided to go to Valparaiso, the Holland High School tennis player knew he could make an impact at an NCAA Division I program.

That impact lasted longer than he expected. Kooyers was selected for the Valparasio Athletic Hall of Fame this year. He is only the second men’s tennis player in school history to earn the honor. Even more special was going in the Class of 2022 with his coach, James Daugherty.

“It is a recognition of the work I put into the game – I was not recruited by any other Division I programs and this is an indication that I not only belonged but that I thrived,” Kooyers said. “It means something for my teammates as well. While singles is often an individual sport, in the collegiate game, you improve through practicing, competing, and living with a small number of teammates. These were the people that made me better and they deserve to be recognized as well. I got recognition because I played 1st singles, but many of them were equally qualified and we together deserve any accolades.”