In his first five years at Grace, head coach Michael Voss has clearly redefined Grace College women’s soccer. Since accepting the job in 2007, Voss has aggressively recruited women who not only compete at a high level on the field, but who also have a passion for bringing glory to God.
Voss's trademarked soccer style of "possession-attacking futbol" has resulted in two appearances in five years to the NCCAA National Championships in Kissimmee, Fla.
Voss already holds the top two single-season marks in Grace's program history, leading the Lady Lancers to a 14-6-3 record in 2009 and a 14-7-3 record in 2011. After the 2009 season, Voss was named the NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year.
In March 2012, Voss was named an assistant coach for the Women's National Team of Haiti. His three-year commitment includes identification, training and development of Haiti's Women's National Team, U-20, U-17 and U-14 WNT. Voss will continue in his role as Grace's full-time head coach in addition to assisting Haiti's WNT.
Voss's desire to disciple the women of Grace's soccer team is clearly seen in his organizing missions trips for the Lady Lancers. In the spring of 2012, Voss led his team to the Cayman Islands where they shared the Gospel through the sport of soccer. The women also got their first taste of international soccer competition when they tied the Cayman Islands U20 Women's National Team 2-2 during the trip.
Prior to coming to Grace, Voss and his family worked as missionaries to the southern jungle of Belize, Central America. While there, Voss taught discipleship and evangelism through soccer. He was also the head coach for the Toledo United Professional Futbol Club. The United competed in the BPFL, fighting for a CONCACAF Champions Cup bid.
From 2004-06 Voss was the head women's soccer coach and associate faculty at Mt. San Jacinto College. While there he posted a 21-13-6 record. In 2003-04 Voss also was the men's and women's assistant soccer coach at California State University at San Bernardino. The Coyotes men's team produced its first winning season since 1993, going 12-8-1, winning the CCAA's South Division title and advancing to the conference tournament semifinals. The women were almost as successful, posting an 11-8-2 record, qualifying for the NCAA West Regional for the first time in the 15-year history of the program
Voss also worked at the Calvary Chapel Christian Schools in Murrieta, Calif.; from 1996-2005 he was the athletic director, the director of soccer and the head girls' soccer coach. Voss started the soccer program there and compiled a record of 102-51-17.
He has been named Coach of the Year six times. The Christian League named him Coach of the Year in 2001-02 while the Big Sky League did the same in the 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2005-06 seasons. He also earned the honors in 2005 in the Foothill Conference.
Voss attended Santa Clara (Calif.) University from 1991-93 and was a member of the soccer team that finished 20-1-2 and was NCAA Division I National Finalist in 1991. He would complete his undergraduate work at Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) University in 1996 with a degree in religion and an emphasis in Biblical studies and Greek.
Voss is licensed with a USSF "C" and an NSCAA "Advanced National Diploma." He has earned the title "Certified Athletic Administrator" from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. He also serves as director of the intramural programs for the Grace College student body.
Michael and his wife Summer live in Winona Lake, Ind., with their three boys, Justus, Cole, Landan, and their daughter, Kaina.
Jon Hoover was promoted to the lead assistant of the women's soccer team in 2009. Hoover graduated from Grace in December 2001 with a degree in physical education and health.
He then went on to complete his masters degree in 2011 from Ball State University with a major in physical education and coaching. He is currently employed at Edgewood Middle School, where he teaches physical education and health.
As a student-athlete, Hoover was heavily involved in athletics at Grace. He played goalkeeper for the Lancers from 1997-2000, where he was a three-time captain, three-time All-Conference performer, and an NCCAA All-American. He also participated in track and field at Grace, where at one point he held records in the indoor 55m, high jump, outdoor 4x100 relay and javelin.
After graduating from Grace, Hoover joined the coaching staff on the men's soccer team. He would remain on staff with the men's team for five years before taking a coaching position at Lakeland Christian Academy. Hoover spend two years leading the junior varsity program before taking the varsity position in 2008.
Hoover has earned his National "C" license through the USSF. Jon and his wife, Emily, live with their son, Alex, in Winona Lake, Ind.
Aubrey Alcorn joins the Lady Lancers' coaching staff for her fourth season. She graduated from Grace College in 2008 after an outstanding playing career as a Lady Lancer.
Alcorn was a four-year player for the Lady Lancers' soccer team and brings a desire to see the women reach their potential both spiritually and athletically. During her career, she has helped lead the Lady Lancers to two appearances in the NCCAA National Championships, which had previously not been done in a decade.
She is married to Kyle Alcorn, who is an assistant coach on Grace's men's soccer team.
Amy Abbitt is entering her third year on the Lady Lancers' coaching staff. Abbitt graduated from Grace in 2010 and soon after joined the coaching staff as the recruiting coordinator.
Abbitt is a Warsaw, Ind., native and was a two-sport athlete for the Warsaw Tigers. In her four years she helped lead her team to back-to-back appearances in the semi-states for soccer and one trip to the state finals with the basketball team.
Abbitt’s four years as a Lady Lancer were spent as an anchor and leader in the midfield. Her statistics rank her among the top players in program history: eighth all-time in career goals scored (18), seventh in career assists (11) and eighth in career points (47). In her four years Abbitt was able to captain the team to noticeable improvement. During her senior year, Grace finished 9-0 in the nonconference play and 4-3-1 in conference. The team ended the regular season 13-3-1, the best in program history.
She then helped lead Grace to the NCCAA National Championships in Kissimmee, Fla. In the final game of her career, Abbitt played one of her best games as she scored two goals to bring the team back from a two-goal deficit and end the season with a 14-6-3 record.
“Amy’s passion to see this program at its pinnacle is pictured in her literally playing out of her Predators her senior season in the national tournament and demonstrated in her consistency in her staff position now. I am pleased that Bitty serves on staff,” said head coach Michael Voss.
Amy’s hard work and dedication to the team and program has not changed, the roles are now just different. Her belief in the team’s mission to serve Christ through the avenue of soccer is still as strong as she now builds in the lives of the younger women on the team and in the future Lady Lancers.
Amy currently lives in Winona Lake, Ind., and is a special education teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Warsaw.