Ross Douma

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Athletic Director




Douma has diverse and varied educational leadership experience and has been the athletic director at Dordt since 2017.

Douma’s time at Dordt has been highlighted by the implementation of the Defender Way—uniting  the Dordt athletic department’s goals; fundraising efforts allowing the Defender Gold Club to grow to  over 500 members and creating an Athletics Advisory Board along with a local Defender Gold Club board to enhance younger alumni involvement. Before 2017 Douma served as the associate athletic director at Dordt from 2013-17.  

Douma also was Dordt’s head men’s basketball coach from 2009-2018 and guided the Defenders to a 180-94 record and had three teams qualify for the NAIA National Championship field.  The 2012 and 2013 teams advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 32-team field.  He coached six players to All-American status. He was the GPAC Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2014; was a Don Meyer NAIA National Coach of the Year finalist in 2014. 

Prior to his time at Dordt Douma was head boys basketball coach at Waukee High School (Iowa) from 2006-2009; Chicago Christian High School (Illinois) from 2003-2006 and Hartley Melvin Sanborn (Iowa) from 1998-2001.  At each of those spots the teams had unprecedented success with a state tournament berth at Waukee, back to back 20- win seasons at Chicago Christian and a district title at Hartley Melvin Sanborn.


B. A. Northwestern College (Iowa) 1995

M. A. Governors State University (Illinois) 2006

Athletic Leadership Philosophy

We have an opportunity to move the Dordt athletic program forward in a distinctly Christian manner. It is important our student-athletes be part of an athletic program that enhances their spiritual walk, partners with professors to ensure academic development while playing for teams that compete to their potential. Done well, athletics supports and enhances the purpose of Dordt University. I count it a privilege to use our influence in athletics to further God’s kingdom.