Jamie Hosford Football Center

Excellence has always been associated with Grand Valley’s athletic programs. Donor support has been a critical component in achieving Grand Valley’s margin of excellence in both academics and athletics. Our tradition of excellence depends on you.

Grand Valley has been at the top of Division II athletics for 17 straight years, winning the Learfield Director’s Cup for best athletic department more than all other NCAA Division II schools combined. This tradition of excellence is embodied in the football program which has appeared in six national title games and won four national championships in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006; giving Grand Valley the most successful football program in Division II history.

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Increasingly, excellence is fostered by the facilities available for training, coaching, and collaboration. Unfortunately, the current football center was built in 1979, with an addition added in 1997, and has not kept pace with our competitors.

This effects our football program in several ways:

  • Our current center no longer matches the level of excellence that our team needs. Top-notch recruits who have a choice of Division I or II often base their decision, in part, on the facilities which are a visible indicator of a quality program.

  • Better space means better strategy. Adequate space for watching film and collaborations with players and coaches is not available in the current center.

  • More space means enhancements across the board. By renovating space for athletic training and rehab, all student athletes will benefit.

The new Jamie Hosford Football Center will include a significant expansion and remodel of the two-story structure which will be completed in two parts. 

New features include:

  • Expanded locker room

  • All-team meeting area

  • Specific position meeting spaces

  • Athletic training and rehab room designed to ensure the health and safety of all student athletes

  • Staff planning/meeting room to provide resources for position coaches

Jamie Hosford ’77, grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was an all-star in sports starting at a young age. He went on to Grand Valley State University where he became the first athlete in Grand Valley history to receive 12 varsity letters and win All-American honors in two sports. He remains the most decorated athlete at Grand Valley, lettering in football, wrestling, golf, baseball, and track. While he proved to be a major success in sports, education was his passion. Jamie served for 25 years with Rockford Public Schools. In 2011, Jamie was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame, recognized for his accomplishments at Creston High School and Grand Valley State University.

Jamie’s sons, Dan and Tom, were Rockford football standouts and played for Grand Valley. Because of his love for athletics and education, a scholarship was created in Jamie’s honor to help student athletes from Rockford High School excel both on and off the field at Grand Valley. Jamie Hosford passed away on March 4, 2014 after a two-year battle with cancer. In recognition of Jamie’s contributions to Grand Valley and the community, the Football Center will be named in his honor.

Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs
Don Lubbers
Brian Kelly

Campaign Leadership Committee
Damon Arnold
Tom Beck
Keri Becker
Randy Damstra ’82
Jim Harkema
Dan Hosford ’02
Tom Hosford ’03, ’06
Chuck Martin
Matt Mitchell
Tim Selgo
Dick Williams ’79
Steve Workman

Campaign Committee
Jim Ayres ’79
Dan Bolhuis ’89, ’01
Josh Bourke '05
Dion Charity ’05, ’09
Jim Cox ’92
Robert Dean ’82
Jeff Dock ’06, ’11
Tim Duthler ’73
Mike Eichberger ’02, ’07
John Fitzgerald ’85
Ian Fonnesbeck ’00
Eric Fowler ’07
Todd Gesund ’92
Alex Gilde ’10
Bill Gilmour ’77
David Harris ’83, ’85
Curtis Holt ’85, ’88
De’Ondre Hogan ’15, ’18
Dave Hoogendoorn
Bradley Horling '15
Bill Hudson ’78
Bradley Iciek ’09
Steve Jazwiec ’77, ’86
Jeremy Koger ’00
Paul Leidig
Norm Leven
Christopher Lewis ’92
Ray Lovett
Bill Lucksted ’85
Bill McDonald ’78
Michael McFadden '06
Bob Mitchell ’07
James Mullendore
Noah Nagy '94
Steve Paine ’82
Heath Parling '14
Dave Radel ’02
Ben Rapin ’00
Michael Ratay ’15
Doug Reed ’78
Daniel Rikkers ’88
Kim Schmidt ’88, ’00
David Scott ’85
Kyle Short ’18
Blake Smolen ’11, ’16
Adam Sturdivant ’01
Todd Tracey ’91
Larry Treece
Alton Voss ’16
Bryan Wilson ’83
Justice Wright '16
Tom Yackish
Matt Yoches ’05, ’14

As of 11/12/18

Page last modified May 16, 2019