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GEORGE LOVICH STATE AWARD OF MERIT

TIM RITSEMA, CAA

Tim Ritsema, CAA (Jenison) holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Hope College in Physical Education and a Master’s Degree from Grand Valley State University in K-12 Educational Leadership. Tim began his career in education as an Elementary School Physical Education teacher for Grand Haven Schools in 1994 before
taking a similar position at Jenison High School from 1995-2004. During this time Tim also served as a Life
Skills Coach at Jenison High School from 2001-2004 and as the Jenison Middle School Athletic Director
from 2002-2004. In 2004, Tim was named Assistant Principal at Zeeland East High School and in 2008
he took over as Athletic Director. In 2018 Tim returned to Jenison when he accepted the Athletic Director Position at Jenison High School.

Tim has held numerous leadership positions for both the MIAAA and MHSAA. He has served as the MIAAA Region Four Representative and an MIAAA/NIAAA LTC Instructor in addition to serving the MHSAA as a Coaches Advancement Program (CAP) instructor. He has been a member of the MHSAA Site Selection
Committee and hosted the MHSAA Division Two State Track and Field Championship six times in addition to hosting a number of District and Regional events. He developed the Zeeland High School Athletic Hall of Fame and helped motivate the Zeeland East Student Section to a 2nd Place Finish in the MHSAA Battle of the Fans Competition. In 2015 he was named Regional Athletic Director of the Year for Region Four.

Thomas TenBrink, Superintendent of Jenison Public Schools, notes “Tim is a man of integrity. His word is his bond. When he says he is going to do something you can count on it getting done well. He is a passionate individual who cares deeply about high school athletics. He understands and values the importance that athletics brings to the development of student athletes. Tim is a terrific role model for our coaches, athletes, employees, and parents. He is student centered and places great value on building and maintaining positive, productive, and long lasting relationships with the student athletes, coaches, teachers, principals, and parents that he serves. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who does not respect him and genuinely like him as a person. It is evident that he loves his chosen profession and his work ethic is
superlative. He is willing to do whatever is asked of him and has proven to be a servant leader. Tim is a tremendous ambassador for Jenison Athletics as well as athletics across the state of Michigan.”

Tim has also supported high school athletics through his role as a coach. After starting as an Eighth Grade Basketball Coach in 1994 he served as the Girls Varsity Track and Field Coach at Jenison from 1996-2004 and the Girls Varsity Cross Country Coach from 1995- 2002. In 1996, Tim was named Regional Track Coach of the Year. In addition, he helped out on the Varsity Football staff as an assistant coach in 2006 and 2007. An avid runner, Tim has completed the Boston Marathon and has twice completed the Chicago Marathon. Tim has two children, Leah (24) and Ben (22).

PREVIOUS GEORGE LOVICH STATE AWARD OF MERIT RECIPIENTS

1988 Don Domke, Westland John Glenn
1989 James Czanko, East Kentwood
1990 Bernie Larson, CAA, B.C. Pennfield
1991 John Fundukian, CAA, Novi
1992 Chuck Jones, CAA, Royal Oak
1993 Joe Todey, Essexville Garber
1994 Dan Brouse, CAA, Monroe
1995 Georg e Lovich, Livonia
1996 Dan McShannock, CMAA, Midland Dow
1997 Jane Bennett, CMAA, Ann Arbor Huron
1998 Ralph Kenyon, CMAA, B.C. Harper Creek
1999 Tom Rashid, CAA, Detroit Catholic League
2000 Jack Johnson, Dearborn
2001 Dave Price, CMAA, Rockford
2002 Bill Mick, Midland
2003 Blake Hagman, CAA, Kalamazoo

2004 Chuck Nurek, CAA, Avondale
2005 Steve Marsh, CAA, Midland
2006 Jim Feldkamp, CAA, Troy
2007 Fred Smith, CMAA, Comstock
2008 Gary Hice, CAA, Petoskey
2009 Mike Garvey, CMAA, Delton Kellogg
2010 James Gilmore, Tecumseh
2011 Deb VanKuiken, CMAA, Holly
2012 Karen Leinaar, CAA, Bear Lake
2013 Jamie Gent, CMAA, Haslett
2014 Marc Hage, CMAA, Livonia Churchill
2015 John Thompson, CMAA, Brighton
2016 Carl Arkema, CAA Ravenna
2017 Michael Thayer, CMAA, Bay City Western
2018 Sal Malek, CAA, Academy of the Sacred Heart
2019 Jean LaClair, CMAA, Bronson

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