Head Coach – Ryan Schalk
Coach Schalk is starting his sixth season with the Jayhawks and his first as the Head Coach. He works primarily with the infielders and bunter/slappers while coordinating multiple fundraisers for the team. Ryan has worked with both boys and girls of all age groups as a basketball, baseball and softball coach. For the past four summers Ryan has organized and run the Lakeshore Summer Softball Camp at Muskegon Community College. He also previously organized a basketball camp at Oakridge High School. This past year, he became the Director of Fast Pitch Softball at Softball World in Muskegon. He started a fall fast pitch league for middle school and high school ages this past year and will be expanding on that this year including running an 18 and up fast pitch league. He is also an instructor for Michigan Blue Chip Softball Camps which is a camp business that runs college exposure camps throughout the state of Michigan.
Ryan graduated from Oakridge High School in 2005 where he played basketball and baseball for four years. His baseball career was highlighted by advancing to the State Semi-Finals in 2004. His Senior year he earned various honors including all conference, all district, and all area as an infielder. Ryan was nominated as the Male Athlete of the year for the Muskegon Sports Hall of Fame as well as Showcase Athlete of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year at Oakridge High School. He was also Academic All Conference in basketball and graduated 8th in his class.
Ryan attended Muskegon Community College where he received his Associates degree in Science and Arts in 2008. He currently attends Grand Valley State University where he is pursuing a degree in education.
Assistant Coach – Kelsey Bandstra
Coach Bandstra is starting her third season coaching with the Jayhawks after previously playing for two years for MCC. She was part of the 2010 National Championship Team, and in 2011 the team finished as Co-Conference Champions. Her responsibilities this year are working with pitchers and helping the team in any other way. She also is a pitching instructor at ProBall where she trains pitchers of all ages.
Kelsey graduated from Rogers High School in 2009 where she played softball and bowled for four years. Her Junior year her softball team finished Runners- Up in the State Tournament. She was named First Team All Conference for 3 years, and First Team All State her Junior and Senior year. Her bowling team made it to state all 4 years for team event and individuals. Every year her team finished in the top 8, and she individually finished in the top 10. After high school Kelsey played on a Big- League World Series Team in 2010. Her team went on to win the World Series beating the Philippines 14-4.
Kelsey is continuing her education at Davenport University where she is studying Sports Management.