Although he was born and raised in the Dutch football frenzy, the sport failed to impress Ryan den Holtcher.
Instead, he was obsessed with American football because he watched his older brother play. When he was eleven years old, he played the game. He wanted a close relationship with the body of the game and the team.
“I loved it,” said Brigadier General Hölcher. “I realized that it doesn’t matter how big or strong you are. If you have the heart and the passion, you can play and win.
He grew up in De El Hajj in the Netherlands and said it was strange that some friends and relatives showed so little interest in football.
In the summer, 22-year-old Den Holcher left his homeland and enrolled at Cisco College in the slums of rural California. A month later, the new student began the September 3 season in football uniform. Writer vs. Diablo Valley.
it has an effect
Weighing in at six feet 245 pounds, Dean Holcher quickly impressed coaches and teammates with his size, sportsmanship and dedication to performing at a high level. As a roster, he became one of Eagle’s best defensive players and a valuable starter.
In just five games, he led the team averaging six tackles per game, including 26 singles teams and 30 teams overall. Ten holes with three bags, forced interception and burglary.
At home on October 2, COS 31-7 defeated West Hills Colinga for the first time. He played his best game of the season, with 12 singles records and one sack.
Nutson is excited to be a member of Den Hulsher Eagles.
“He’s a great player and he works hard,” he said.
Dean Holcher said he appreciates the strength and speed of his competitors because it motivates him to do more.
“You always have to keep your head up. They are faster than home. The players are tall and very good. You always have to be prepared.”
How did Dean Holcher get to COS? Well, there is a Dutch connection.
When Knutson was a defensive coordinator at West Hills Colinga, he trained a line operator named Dylan Booker from the Netherlands. Then he played at the University of North Dakota.
Packer wrote to Nutson in the spring that a player he knew from the Netherlands wanted the opportunity to play in the United States and that he would be a good candidate for the offer.
Excitedly, Knutson began calling Dean Holcher and giving him the chance to play with the Eagles.
According to Knutson, having players from different backgrounds and different life experiences is a “football team”.
It exposes them to other cultures and opens players’ eyes, hearts and minds to different lifestyles.
“They feel like when you get to the pool, you’re the only one,” Knutson said. “You all work together for a common goal. It begins to understand. It is one of the reasons why I love football.”
Knutson said Dean Holcher is a “sponge” ready for serious, honest work. He adapted quickly to American sports and hopes to join the NCAA Division I.
However, Division 1 schools aren’t usually called until a player’s sophomore year begins so they can make a decision at the end of the season, Knutson said. Will he stay with COS for another year and upgrade his inventory, or will he be promoted to NAIA or NCAA Division 2 or Division 3 if they bid at the end of this season? ?
Nutson said that while Den Hulsher has good natural skills and good height, his desire to learn and ride to improve himself is what makes him special.
“Ryan is very excited and wants to get better every day,” he said. “He’s taking advantage of the opportunity he gets.
Football in the Netherlands
Den Holcher played with the Hague Riders, who play in major competitions. However, this is an amateur soccer team made up of people of all ages, who mostly play for fun.
When Den Holcher loved playing at home, he said the level of competition was not as high as in the United States. He said he wanted the opportunity to learn what it takes to play at a higher level.
After high school, while playing football, he worked as a bar manager and office worker and is still fulfilling his dream of playing football in the United States. When Nutson called, he knew he had a chance.
He said he helped his family fully support him when he left home to pursue his dream.
He said: They are behind me one hundred percent. “They told me to do what I could. I didn’t mean to hit them.”
I feel at home
Early on, Nutson said Den Hulsher was a perfect fit for him. He said he has a good and loving personality. The coach said that everyone wanted to be near him.
This is not the first time that Den Holcher has taught in the United States.
At seventeen, he was a transfer student at Kentucky. This experience helped him fully prepare for his return to the United States. He said players and coaches were welcome to COS from the start.
He remembered the first day he came to Cisco County. A group of soldiers took him to Wal-Mart to decorate the bedrooms with pillows and sheets.
“They’re the best team,” said Dean Holcher. “They helped me, made sure I had everything. They made me feel really at home.
He hopes to transfer to a four-year school to study physical therapy.
Dean Holcher takes inspiration from his coaches and the precision he advises and coaches to improve his performance.
For now, he’s enjoying the season. At the end of the season, he will talk to his coaches about his future.
“Coming here is a big commitment,” said Dean Holcher. “It’s a lot of money, so I work hard every day to make sure I pay 100 percent. I’m pretty sure of that.”
Bill Choi covers sports and general news for the Cisco Daily News Network / Mount Shasta Herald / USA Today. Follow him on TwitterSDNBillChoy. Email billing process [email protected] Support the local press Register today.
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