David Hertel has been an assistant men's soccer coach since the 2015 season.
Hertel has an extensive playing background and success at high levels dating back to his days as a Holland Christian product. He was a three-year starter for Holland Christian, twice earning All-State honors. His senior year saw him lead as a captain, produce a school record 22 goals en route to a state championship, and earn the top player in Division 2.
Hertel parlayed his high school success into a great Division 1 player career. As a freshman, he played at the University of Kentucky, playing in 14 matches while starting 5. After the season, Hertel made the decision to transfer to Michigan State University. After sitting out 2005 with an ankle injury, he cemented his job as starting left back for the next three season. During his time, Michigan State soccer grew into a national power, and Hertel was honored with First-Team All-Big Ten honors and NSCAA Great Lakes All-Region honors his senior season. His success at Michigan State earned him an invite to the 2009 Adidas/MLS Combine in Florida.
From 2009-2011, Hertel spent time playing professional soccer. He finished 2009 playing with Real Maryland in USL Division II. After the season, he returned to Michigan and played for the Michigan Bucks, leading the team with eight goals and two assists while being named to the 2009 PDL All-League Team. The following two seasons, Hertel played for the Richmond Kickers of the USL. While there, he was named to the All-Conference Second Team and helped the Kickers beat two MLS teams in the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, advancing to the semi-finals. Hertel also spent time in the MLS Real Salt Lake training camp.
Following his playing career, Hertel springboarded into coaching with a desire to give back to youth players. He has coached at numerous camps, including Michigan State, Richmond, and currently instructs at the Hope Soccer Camp. He spent time as the assistant varsity coach at West Ottawa High School and was the head coach for U17 West Michigan Fire before joining the college ranks. In addition to his coaching responsibilities at Hope College, Hertel is the technical director of USA Soccer Club in Holland and coach of a U-14 boys team.
Hertel, holder of an NSCAA National Diploma, resides in Holland.