posted April 22, 2013

Hope College Baseball Will Honor Long-time Assistant Coach

The service of long-time Hope College assistant baseball coach Ron Boeve will be recognized on Saturday, April 27 when the Flying Dutchmen host Alma for an MIAA doubleheader.

The Hope athletics department has declared it Ron Boeve Day in tribute for his service. This season, for the first time over a span of four decades, Boeve is not pitching the pre-game batting practive or coaching along the first base line at the stadium named in honor of him and his wife Sunny.

Saturday's recognition program will occur in between games of the doubleheader. The first game will begin at 1 p.m. Baseball alumni of the college have been invited to return for the event.

An All-MIAA catcher during his Hope undergraduate days, Boeve started as a volunteer assistant baseball coach in 1981 under now President James Bultman and has continued to serve under three coaches, including current head coach Stu Fritz.

"Ron Boeve defined the term loyal," said coach Fritz. "He has been a fantastic mentor for young men and for me personally. Ron and Sunny are like a second set of parents for me, my wife Carol and our son Tuck.

"He loves the game of baseball and more than that he loves the young men and the people at Hope. He won't be far away, we have the privilege of playing in Ron and Sunny Boeve stadium every home game. I can't say thank you enough for what the Boeves have meant to the Hope baseball family.

Boeve's standout Hope baseball career included being chosen by his teammates as Hope's most valuable player and selection to the All-MIAA team twice as a catcher. In 2007 he was presented the Alumni H-Club's "Hope for Humanity Award" in recognition of his service to others. Together the Boeves were presented the Hope College Meritorious Service Award in 1994.

Boeve graduated from Holland High in 1953. He was a long-time realtor in Holland  and his many community involvements included serving on the board of education of Holland Public Schools.

The Boeves have three children: Sue, a 1981 Hope graduate; Gretchen, a 1986 American University graduate; and Craig, a 1990 Hope graduate.