Dordt College News

Lindbergh and Katje embrace leadership roles

June 23, 2014

There weren't many seniors on this year’s basketball team, but they had a big impact. Both of the two seniors concluded their careers with more than 1,000-points scored: Austin Katje broke the team record for three-pointers, and Kyle Lindbergh posted the second-most rebounds in Dordt basketball history.

erhaps their most important accomplishment in 2013-14, however, was galvanizing a team of a majority of freshmen and turning it into a national contender.

Head Coach Ross Douma was repeatedly impressed by the seniors’ leadership.

“There’s no question that these guys are natural leaders,” said Douma. “Kyle is a very relational person. Austin is a more fiery, vocal leader who is a gritty, follow-me-type competitor. I think they complement each other very well in their leadership styles and abilities.”

Katje played for Unity Christian High School in Orange City, Iowa; Lindbergh came from Margate, Florida. The two met the first day of their freshman year and developed a partnership that grew.

Both played a significant number of varsity minutes as freshmen, a season Katje believes was vital for his development as a player.

“That experience of playing heavy minutes and knowing what to expect and knowing how your body’s going to feel throughout a long season is really big,” said Katje, who was often leaned on for his outside shooting. He shot 45 percent from beyond the arc.

“Austin has been a perimeter threat since day one, and that’s still his biggest asset,” said Douma.

Lindbergh excelled in a variety of roles.

“Kyle’s biggest asset is that he is an extremely versatile player who takes on many different hats throughout a game,” said Douma.

Lindbergh averaged a double-double, accumulating a double digit total in two categories, throughout most of his senior season. He led the GPAC in rebounding.

Both seniors watched and learned from talented players ahead of them. Now Katje and Lindbergh are passing that torch to the likes of freshman Alex Terpstra.

“Everyone was focusing on what Dordt basketball lost instead of what Dordt basketball still had,” said Terpstra. “Austin and Kyle used that to drive the team and to help us get better each day in practice.”

Sam Ekstrom (’14)

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