Spencer Hoyt
Spencer Hoyt

The Grace University Athletic Department Announces October’s Spotlight Student-Athlete: Spencer Hoyt!

The Grace University Athletic Department is proud to announce October’s spotlight student-athlete– Spencer Hoyt, a senior soccer player from Norwalk, Iowa, who serves as part of the Student Body Association at Grace. 

Hoyt has been playing soccer since he was seven years old and plays keeper for the men’s soccer team at Grace, saying that he loves getting to deny people the satisfaction of scoring.  His favorite sports memory at Grace is going on road trips with his team.  When asked why he chose Grace University, Hoyt said, “I wanted to be able to play soccer with a team of guys who were good Christian guys.”  He appreciates getting a Christ-centered education while playing the sport he loves.

Hoyt serves as the Global Outreach Coordinator for the Student Body Association.  After graduating at the end of this year, Hoyt plans on getting his Master’s degree in counseling so he can with a non-profit organization overseas; he gained his desire to be on the mission field largely thanks to his youth pastor, who took Hoyt on his first mission trip to Mexico.  Hoyt met his wife, Cassidy, while at Grace together; they married this past summer.    

When asked how he manages to juggle sports, academics, leadership, and being married, Hoyt said, “At times it can be really busy and difficult... Despite my commitment to playing soccer and being on SBA, I am a student, and before that I am a husband. It is a huge balancing act finding time to spend with my wife and time [to participate in] all the other activities.”

"Spencer's value to the team goes well beyond his skill as a player,” says Brian Locke, the head coach of men’s soccer.  “He leads the team day in and day out with his positive attitude and focus to improve.  He takes personal interest in each player to see them succeed and grow as an athlete, academically and in their spiritual life and walk with Christ.  It has truly been an honor to know Spencer, be able to coach him, and witness his growth through the ups and downs of the past year."