I began my coaching career in 2001 with the Kalamazoo Dogs and have been coaching at Kalamazoo Central since 2015. I have been coaching women’s football since 2003 when I started with the Southwest Michigan Jaguars, then based in Otsego. In 2006, the team moved to Kalamazoo and became the West Michigan Mayhem where I continued to coach until 2016. I am excited to coach the new Grand Rapids Tidal Waves team and bring my knowledge to a new group of talented women.
This will be my 9th year coaching football and my second as a member of the Tidal Waves. I began coaching at Richmond High School in 2008 where I coached middle school, JV, and varsity football until 2014. I played semi-pro football from 2008-2009, and college club football in 2013 for Oakland University. I love coaching for this team because moving to Grand Rapids was one of the best decisions of my life, and I want to do my part giving back to the community. I also love being able to help provide folks an opportunity to be part of something greater than themselves, and to teach this game to those who may have been told they could not play as a kid.
Coach Beedle began her playing career with the West Michigan Mayhem women’s football team in 2005. She continued to play until 2012 when she made the transition to coaching.
STACEY DAVIS, MBA, CFE
Coach Davis has been playing and coaching various sports off and on since her high school and college athletic days. She was an All-State softball player in 1988 and won the Women's Softball Class B State Championship that same year as the winning pitcher. She played woman's semi-pro football for the Southwest Michigan Jaguars, West Michigan Mayhem and Fort Wayne Flash in both the NWFA and the WFA leagues for nearly 10 years and was All-American at the Defensive Tackle position in the WFA inaugural year. She also has recent referee experience as the head referee for the East Kentwood youth football league. Coach Davis is a property Catastrophe Adjuster for Farmers Insurance and has earned her MBA in Forensic Accounting from Davenport University. She is excited to share her information and experience with the Tidal Waves as Defensive Coordinator for their first season in Grand Rapids.
Mackenzie Phillips has a passion for football and has been playing since she was 9 years old. Mackenzie has been honored to support several young female athletes in their pursuit at football. In 2017 Mackenzie earned a National and World Powerlifting Record and is the only girl from the United States in her division at the World level. She credits her strength and discipline to her years of dance at The Patti Herm School of Dance in Otsego, Michigan. "We're pioneers who have the ability to make a difference and be positive role models." She is grateful to be a part of the Tidal Wave staff and is looking forward to an amazing season.
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