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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.

Bio and Contact Information

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.

Bio and Contact Information

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.

Bio and Contact Information

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.

Bio and Contact Information

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.

Carlos can be reached at c.ortiz@hdlfc.com or 941-773-7321.

Darien Doster

Front Office

HOUSTON DUTCH LIONS FC DEBUT: June 27th, 2016
HOMETOWN: Magnolia, Texas
COLLEGE: Associates of Science
FAVORITE MOVIE: A Walk To Remember
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones
FAVORITE SONG: Whatever it Takes, Imagine Dragons
FAVORITE SOCCER MOMENT: Favorite Soccer Moment: I have never really been around soccer until I started working for Houston Dutch Lions. Since then, my favorite moment is something that happens on a daily basis because getting to watch these kids grow and better themselves is absolutely heartwarming.

Darien can be reached at d.doster@hdlfc.com.

Pablo Covarrubias

Business Administrator

Start date: May 2018
Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite Movie: The Shawshank redemption
Favorite TV Show: Entourage
Favorite Song: Don’t look back in anger – Oasis
Favorite Soccer moment: Attending the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Pablo can be reached at p.covarrubias@hdlfc.com or 832-447-5635.

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.

Bio and Contact Information

Michiel van de Heijning

Manager of Coaching (Elite/Select/Recreational)

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 713-498-4407.

Yannick van der Putten

Youth Academy Coach and Coordinator Technical Soccer School

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.

Yannick can be reached at vanderputten@hdlfc.com or 713-231-6712.

Leroy Zuiddam

Manager of Coaching (Development)

HOUSTON DUTCH LIONS FC DEBUT: February 17th, 2018
HOMETOWN: Puttershoek, The Netherlands
COLLEGE: Sports, Health and Movement at CIOS Goes
LICENSE: UEFA B
FAVORITE MOVIE: A Walk To RememberLord of the Rings – The Return Of The King
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Game Of Thrones
FAVORITE SONG: Vitesse – Geel en Zwart
FAVORITE SOCCER MOMENT: I’ve got 2 moments.
Vitesse winning the cupfinal against AZ at the Kuip, unfortunately i wasn’t there to witness it, but the feeling was amazing when i saw those guys win the cup and win the first prize in our history.
And:
The moment i got accepted in the professional academy of Sparta Rotterdam as a coach of the U14, i’ve had many great moments during my time there and learned from the best coaches, thankful and grateful for my time there, it made me who i am as a coach!

Leroy can be reached at l.zuiddam@hdlfc.com or 346-280-5248.