Dordt College News

Van Den Bosch To Leave Bench At Season's End

September 23, 2010

(Thursday, September 23; Sioux Center, Iowa) Tom Van Den Bosch, Dordt College head volleyball coach, has announced he will step down from the coaching position at the conclusion of the 2010 season to concentrate on his duties as Associate Director of Admissions.

Van Den Bosch has served as volleyball coach at Dordt College since 1997 and entered the 2010 season with a career college coaching mark of 432-104. He coached the Defenders to nine conference titles in the South Dakota Iowa Conference and the Great Plains Athletic Conference.  The 2010 team is currently 16-3 and ranked #21 in the country.

“The timing feels right,” said Van Den Bosch. “My duties as Associate Director of Admissions have continually expanded. It is time for me to step away from coaching and concentrate on those responsibilities. I’d like to thank the Dordt College administration for allowing me to continue my work in admissions. It has been a blessing to be part of such a fine competitive volleyball program. I know the college is committed to finding an excellent coach to keep the tradition alive.”

Six of Van Den Bosch’s teams qualified for the NAIA National Tournament including four trips to the NAIA National Quarterfinals and one trip to the NAIA National Semifinals. He was named the NAIA National Coach of the Year in 2003. He coached the Defenders to three straight unbeaten conference seasons in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

"Tom Van Den Bosch's contribution to quality of education and athletics at Dordt College can hardly be overstated. His mentorship of the participants in our volleyball program has nurtured a generation of Christian women serving their communities, churches, and families literally across the continent and around the world. We are delighted that he now will be able to concentrate his energies on his responsibilities as Associate Director of Admissions -- but will miss him deeply in our athletic program,” said Dordt College President, Dr. Carl Zylstra."

Prior to coaching at Dordt College, Van Den Bosch coached 16 seasons at Western Christian High School where he compiled a 709-71 record. Van Den Bosch’s career coaching mark is currently 1155-177.

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