GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — At his introduction ceremony, Calvin University’s new head football coach said he was excited to start building the team from the ground up.

An introduction ceremony for Trent Figg was held Wednesday afternoon at Van Noord Arena in Calvin’s fieldhouse complex on campus. Figg was named at the beginning of the month as Calvin’s pick for head football coach. The football team is set to begin competing in the fall of 2024.

On Wednesday, Figg said he was excited to be there.

“This is a such a special time and such a special place here at Calvin,” said Figg.

He thanked God, the leadership at Calvin and his family, especially his wife and three sons who moved to Grand Rapids from Oregon for the job.

“This is home for us. Grand Rapids, Calvin University, this is home for us,” he said.

Figg said he looks forward to bringing football to the already-successful athletic department at Calvin.

“Calvin football is going to fit right into the excellence that’s already been established here. Through the university, through the coaching staff, through the athletic department,” Figg said, pointing out the over ten banners hanging in the fieldhouse, showcasing Calvin’s national championship wins over the years.

Calvin Provost Noah Toly, head football coach Trent Figg and President Wiebe Boer. (Jan. 18, 2023)

 Since he is building the team from the ground up, one of his goals is to fill the roster with the right players.

“We want to identify the right recruits to come into this program: Kids that fit Calvin, kids that are tough, kids that are competitive because that’s exactly how we’re going to be on the field,” said Figg. “It’s so important … we get great people that all have the exact same vision”

The team is set to compete in Fall of 2024.

“We’re going to be quick, but we’re not going to be in a hurry. We want to do things the right way,” said Figg.

Figg comes from the University of Oregon, where he was the football program’s senior offensive analyst. He has also coached and helped lead teams at his alma mater, William Jewell College, Southern Arkansas University, Missouri State and the University of Hawaii.

Figg has said his football coaching philosophy includes recruiting players who want to grow as Christians, love football and want to be great servant-leaders who will give back to society. He said he is looking for young men who will be dynamic playmakers.