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Persistence pays off for 2010 RC grad
Voogd earns football scholarship despite year off
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Tyler Voogd, who is a 2010 graduate of Ripon Christian High, signed a letter of intent Friday to play football this fall at Kentucky Christian University. He shared the special moment with his parents, Kathy and Tim Voogd, during the signing that took place at RC. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
RIPON – Tyler Voogd never gave up on his dream.

The 2010 graduate of Ripon Christian High took a year off from football but continued his training while improving his game.

His hard work paid off Friday, as Voogd officially signed a letter of intent to play at Kentucky Christian University in the fall. He initially hoped to play at Liberty College in West Virginia right out of high school, but those plans fell through.

“Tyler never gave up,” said RC athletic director Joe Darretta. “Most people in his shoes would have quit. But not Tyler; he just worked harder.”

Voogd shared this special moment with his parents, Tim and Kathy Voogd, at his alma mater. They were thrilled to see their son’s dream finally realized.

The Kentucky Christian Knights – the school is located in the small town of Grayson, Ky. – are a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I program under first-year coach Mike Furrey, who is a former National Football League wide receiver most notably with the Washington Redskins.

Voogd is planning to major in Business with an emphasis in Sports Management. He’s also looking forward to playing under Furrey’s offensive scheme.

“It’s a ‘veer’ but out of the shotgun (formation),” said Voogd, who prides himself as a pocket passing quarterback.

Voogd, who lives in Lathrop – the family relocated there from Chowchilla, with Tyler first enrolling at RC as a sixth-grader – devoted countless hours working out with strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Byrd of the Ripon Athletic Club during his hiatus.

Byrd was head coach at RC when Voogd was a freshman. He also played NAIA football for Evangel University, with hopes of trying to make it as a wide receiver in the pros.

Byrd, in turn, transformed Voogd’s 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame.

“I still weigh the same (as high school) but now it’s more muscle,” he said.

Voogd is still the deep-ball passing threat from his playing days at RC under coach John Vander Schaaf.

His re-shaped physical size coupled with the big throwing arm was enough to impress the Kentucky Christian coaching staff.

Voogd indicated that the competition for quarterback at Kentucky Christian promises to be wide open under Furrey.

After a year away from the game, he’s more than looking forward to the new challenge ahead.