|Title:||Associate Head Coach|
|Previous College:||Master's, Grand Valley State University, 1999; Bachelor’s, Hope College, 1993; Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, Grand Valley State University, 1999;|
Lee Schopp, ‘93, became the first Associate Head Coach in Hope Men’s Soccer history beginning with the 2016 season. This appointment comes after serving successfully as an assistant coach the previous 22 seasons.
The Carmel, Indiana native had a decorated playing career at Hope, serving as the team’s goalkeeper from 1991-1993. Schopp became the first two-time NSCAA Division III All-American soccer player at Hope, garnering First-Team All-America honors during his senior season. Schopp still holds the school record for most shutout wins in a single season, posting 13 clean sheets in 1992.
Following graduation, Schopp began a teaching career for West Ottawa Public Schools. He began his career at Lakeshore Elementary, spending 12 years at the elementary level before moving on to Harbor Lights Middle School. Schopp has had numerous leadership positions throughout his teaching, and previously served as interim Assistant Principal at Harbor Lights. Currently, he teaches middle school English and Advanced English courses.
Schopp has been on the sidelines at Hope since the fall of 1994 in varying roles. Starting off primarily working with the goalkeepers, Schopp has helped produce a number of successful goalkeepers who have earned All-MIAA honors, MIAA MVP honors, All-Region honors, and NSCAA All-America honors. His influence with the goalkeepers expanded over time as he became the lead assistant coach, earning NSCAA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year, before being appointed as Associate Head Coach in 2016.
In addition to his work with the Hope Men’s Soccer Team, Schopp is well-known and respected in the soccer community. He is the director of the Hope Soccer Camp, a camp that brings in more than 1300 players each summer to Hope’s campus. He is also very involved with youth soccer clubs helping to shape club vision and tying local soccer clubs to the college game. Schopp also coordinates volunteer efforts for the men’s soccer team each fall.
Schopp, holder of a USSF “C” National Coaching License, and his wife, Bridget, live in Holland and are active in the Hope College and West Ottawa community. They have two sons: Brennar and Tanner.