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Team Staff

FRONT OFFICE STAFF

Martin Kroeze

President

HOUSTON DUTCH LIONS FC DEBUT: April 1st, 2013
HOMETOWN: Baarle-Nassau, The Netherlands
FAVORITE MOVIE: De Marathon
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Studio Sport
FAVORITE SONG: John Mayer – Free Falling
FAVORITE SOCCER MOMENT: Winning 2-0 and scoring the 2 goals for v.v. Sliederecht vs. FC Lisse in the Championship game which promoted them from the 2nd division to the 1st division.

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Robbert Kroeze

CFO/Vice President

HOUSTON DUTCH LIONS FC DEBUT: April 1st, 2013
HOMETOWN: Baarle-Nassau, The Netherlands
COLLEGE: Wilmington College (BA, Business Administration)
European University (MBA, Sports Management)
FAVORITE MOVIE: Four Brothers
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Entourage
FAVORITE SONG: Slightly Stoopid – Collie Man
FAVORITE SOCCER MOMENT: Scoring the winning goal of our local club team to become League champions, which promoted the team to a higher division.

Mr Kroeze can be reached at r.kroeze@hdlfc.com or 936-271-0726.

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Dennis Kroeze

CEO/Business Director

HOUSTON DUTCH LIONS FC DEBUT: April 1st, 2013
HOMETOWN: Baarle-Nassau, The Netherlands
COLLEGE: Tiffin University, Tiffin Ohio USA (Bachelor Degree)
European University, Barcelona Spain (Master Degree)
FAVORITE MOVIE: Gladiator
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Prison Break
FAVORITE SONG: Phil Collins – In the air (tonight)
FAVORITE SOCCER MOMENT: Scoring in the winning goal in the semi-finals for Tiffin University to go to finals of the GLIAC conference (NCAA). And yes, we won the finals!

Mr Kroeze can be reached at d.kroeze@hdlfc.com or 936-271-0726.

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Ahsaki LaFrance

Office Manager

HOUSTON DUTCH LIONS FC DEBUT: June 3, 2013
HOMETOWN:
 Besh-be-toh, Arizona, The Navajo Reservation
COLLEGE: Studied Physiology at the University of Arizona
BS Sports Management, Southern New Hampshire University
Currently obtaining MBA, International Finance, Southern New Hampshire University
FAVORITE MOVIE: Gifted Hands, Windtalkers
FAVORITE SONG: Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy
FAVORITE SOCCER MOMENT: I am new to soccer so my first moment when I watched the young Youth Academy players play during the camp. The look on their face is priceless; they are full of excitement and eager to learn soccer!

Mrs LaFrance can be reached at a.lafrance@hdlfc.com or 936-271-0726.

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Carlos Ortiz

Marketing Designer

HOUSTON DUTCH LIONS FC DEBUT: August 15th, 2015
HOMETOWN: Monterrey, Mexico
FAVORITE MOVIE: Kick boxer
FAVORITE TV SHOW: I do not watch TV
FAVORITE SONG: Sweet Child o Mine- Guns n Roses
FAVORITE SOCCER MOMENT: My favorite soccer moment was when I scored a great goal against my hometown team Rayados when playing for the Houston Dutch Lions FC Super-20 Team and then got called up to play for the PDL based on my performance.

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COACHING STAFF

Marco Pruis

Technical Director

HOMETOWN: Heerenveen, The Netherlands
COLLEGE: CIOS Heerenveen, Academy for Physical Education &
CALO Zwolle, Psychomotirical Therapie
LICENSE: UEFA B
FAVORITE MOVIE: Groundhog Day with Bill Murray
FAVORITE TV SHOW: 24, Family Guy & Breaking Bad
FAVORITE SONG: The National Anthem of Friesland
FAVORITE SOCCER MOMENT: Becoming South Central Champions in 2016 with the Dutch Lions FC NPSL squad is on top of my list, this because it was our inaugural season in the NPSL. The players were collectively a great group to work with and so incredible difficult to defeat, amazing summer.
2nd spot is reserved for the Championship with the Houston Dutch Lions FC U12’s in the EDDOA back in the spring of 2015, amazing group of boys and girl we had that season which resulted in a more than deserved Championship. Also great was winning the Texas Cup with our TPSL team in November 2013, we beat the Hurricanes after penalty kicks. Very proud moment and great for the club, the first piece of hardware for the Houston Dutch Lions FC!

Mr Pruis can be reached at m.pruis@hdlfc.com or 936-271-0726.

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Michiel van de Heijning

Youth Academy Manager

HOUSTON DUTCH LIONS FC DEBUT: April 30th, 2014
HOMETOWN: Baarle-Nassau, The Netherlands
COLLEGE: CIOS Goes/Breda Academy for physical education
LICENSE: UEFA C
FAVORITE MOVIE: Grown Ups
FAVORITE TV SHOW: How I Met Your Mother
FAVORITE SONG: Swedish House Mafia – Leave the World Behind
FAVORITE SOCCER MOMENT: Becoming champion with my local team Gloria-UC. I was top scorer with 24 goals and we were the first champions of the season in the whole of the Netherlands. My team promoted to a higher division and I wore the most beautiful number of my whole team: shirt number 10!

Mr van de Heijning can be reached at m.vandeheijning@hdlfc.com or 936-271-0726.

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Michiel Buursma

Youth Academy Coach

HOUSTON DUTCH LIONS FC DEBUT: May 15th, 2017
HOMETOWN: Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
COLLEGE: Sports, Health and Management at the Groningen Sports Academy (HIS)
LICENSE: UEFA B
FAVORITE MOVIE: Law Abiding Citizen
FAVORITE TV SHOW: The 100
FAVORITE SONG: Live – Run to the water
FAVORITE SOCCER MOMENT: I am thinking about different soccer moments, when I started as a coach in 2006 I enjoyed coaching the players at v.v. Beetgum (The Netherlands). When I started coaching at LAC Frisia 1883 U11-3 one year later we became champions with some realy good players. In 2008 I was coaching the U9, that team was incredible, all the players did develop really quick. I coached most of the guys for about 4/5 years (untill U13), some of that players are still playing on a professional level. I remember winning a tournement with LAC Frisia 1883 U13 in 2013, we did not just win the tournement, we also played awesome soccer. After that season I went to a professional soccer club: SC Cambuur, we played in different stadiums and countries, I will never forget playing in England several times with my U14/15 teams, it was a great experience. The last team I coached in The Netherlands was the U15-2 team of Blauw Wit ’34, awesome players who became better and better each week! Contribute in development is the most important thing for me as a coach, the last months in The Netherlands I spend time with some great players who did some private practice sessions with me, I really enjoyed those sessions!

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Yannick van der Putten

Youth Academy Coach

HOUSTON DUTCH LIONS FC DEBUT: September 5th, 2017
HOMETOWN: Lisse, The Netherlands
COLLEGE: Sports, Health and Management at CIOS Haarlem and Johan Cruyff Institute – Master in Coaching
LICENSE: UEFA B
FAVORITE MOVIE: Lord of the Rings – Two Towers
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Sons of Anarchy
FAVORITE SONG:  Prince – I wanna be your lover
FAVORITE SOCCER MOMENT: There are so many amazing moments, but if I have to pick one.. this will be it: Finishing the league with AFC U15 as number 9 being the only amateur club in a Division with all Professional Clubs such as Ajax, PSV & Feyenoord. We had a great team, great players and great staff. Best season of my life.

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