Meet the Coach

Rick Rykse – Head Women’s Volleyball Coach

Rick Rykse – Head Women’s Volleyball Coach

My Background

  • Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • High School: Grand Rapids Christian High School

More About Me

  • Coaching at MCC:

    Rick Rykse begins his sixth season as the head coach at Muskegon Community College and seventh season overall as part of the Jayhawks Volleyball Program since first coming to MCC in 2010.

    In 2015 the Jayhawks qualified for the NJCAA National Championship for only the 2nd time in school history. In order to get there MCC had to battle back through the losers bracket of the Regional Tournament winning five consecutive matches in the double elimination format, culminating with two 5 set victories over St. Clair County Community College. Jane Kuipers was selected as MVP of the Regional tournament while Lindsey Jacobs and Marissa Hassevoort were both selected to the All-Tournament Team. Coach Rykse was also selected as Coach of the Year for District E. In winning the Regional, the Jayhawks were also crowned as MCCAA State Champions for the first time ever. The Jayhawks finished the season in 13th place in the nation.

    The 2015 season also saw many Jayhawks receiving awards both athletically and academically. Lindsey Jacobs and Rachel Brown were both selected as 1st Team All-Conference and All- Region while Marissa Hassevoort and Hannah Deblois were both selected 2nd Team-All Conference. Lindsey Jacobs was also selected as Freshman of the Year. Additionally Brooke Day, Veronica Booth, Hannah Deblois, Jenna Pesch, Lindsey Jacobs, Haley Koetje, and Jane Kuipers were all selected as Academic All-Conference. Jayhawk freshman Brooke Day and Sophomore Veronica Booth each received the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement.
    In 2014 the Jayhawks finished with a conference record of 12-2 which was good for 2nd place in the MCCAA West Division. Their overall record was 24-15 and concluded with a loss in the Regional Finals. The Jayhawks achieved a season high national ranking of 13 which makes five consecutive years of being ranked in the top 20.

    The 2013 season was one of the most successful in school history as the Jayhawks won the MCAA West Division Championship with a record of 13-1 while also finishing runner-up in the MCCAA State Tournament and Regional Tournament. Their 37-7 overall record kept the Jayhawks ranked in the top five in the nation for the majority of the season with a season high ranking of #3. In recognition of their success, Coach Rykse was selected as MCCAA West Coach of the Year.
    Over the past six seasons the Jayhawks have a home record of 37-5 and have had a total of thirteen players selected as first team All-Conference.

    Prior to coming to Muskegon Community College Rick was the Head Coach at Davenport University from 2006-2009 where he started the volleyball program in 2006. During his time at Davenport Rick had nine players receive all conference awards and in 2009 started a JV program.

    From 2001-2005, Rick was the head coach at Ravenna High School. During his time at Ravenna the Bulldogs captured four district titles, three regional titles, three Final 4 appearances, including two State runner-up finishes in Class C. Coach Rykse also received the award as Muskegon Chronicle All-Area Coach of the Year on two occasions. Over his four seasons at Ravenna Rick had eight players receive MHSAA All-State honors.

    Rick is the General Manager for Inside Out Volleyball in Muskegon, Michigan. He is also the club director of the Inside Out Juniors program and serves as the Master Coach overseeing the training of all of the club teams. Rick is also the Tour Director of the Midwest Professional Volleyball Association. The MPVA is a West Michigan-based beach volleyball tour that attracts pro and amateur players from throughout the Midwest.

    Rick has been married to Amy Rykse for the past 29 years and they have three boys; Adam, who begins his 1st season on the volleyball staff at Grand Valley State University after having assisted previously at Michigan State University and Valparaiso University, Zach, a recent graduate from Michigan State University and Alex who will be a Senior at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Their family resides in the Muskegon area.

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