Ross Douma

Head Coach

Coaching Background

Ross Douma was named head coach of the men’s basketball program in March 2009. Prior to arriving at Dordt, Douma coached high school basketball for 10 years at Waukee, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, and Chicago Christian. He compiled a record of 142-103 over those 10 years.

Coaching Philosophy

Our men's basketball program is not established solely to win games, but rather to see young men mature and grow during their time at Dordt College. Basketball is merely a means to that end. While aiming to live and play to high standards, our goal is to make the four-year experience for our players one that is life-changing while focusing on each player’s spiritual, academic, social, and athletic development. Coaching at Dordt College is extremely rewarding as the opportunity is present to have a profound influence on the lives of our players beyond the court.

At Dordt

During his time on the bench for the Defenders, Douma has a record of 172-86. Under his guidance, the program earned three consecutive berths to the NAIA National tournament (2012-14), including two elite eight appearances, and has won two conference championships. In 2012 and 2014 Douma was named GPAC Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Don Meyer NAIA Coach of the Year in 2014. Under the leadership of Douma, five men’s basketball players have earned NAIA All-American Honors.

Athletic Background

Coach Douma was an all-state basketball player at Western Christian in Hull, Iowa, and was a member of three national tournament qualifying teams at Northwestern College.

Academic Background:

B.A. Northwestern College, Orange City, IA (1995)

M.A. Governors State University, University Park, IL (2006)


Wife: Shawn

Children: Dustin, Erika, Caleb