Nate van Niejenhuis

Head Coach

Coaching Experience

Nate van Niejenhuis was announced as head coach for the Dordt Blades on April 24, 2017 marking the start of van Niejenhuis’s second stint as coach of the program. 

Van Niejenhuis was head coach from 2005-09 and posted a 65-43 record behind the bench. He was named the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division III Pacific Region Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season. Two of his teams earned berths at the ACHA Division III National Hockey Tournament and the 2009 team finished fifth in the tournament.

Dordt University Blades Head Coach and General Manager; 2005-09

Dordt University Blades Assistant Coach; 2003-05

USA Hockey Coaching Clinic Instructor; 2006-2009

Head and Assistant to various youth teams in the SCHA from 2003-present

SCHA Coaching Director; 2003-2009, 2015-2017

Academic Background

B.A. Dordt University (formerly known as Dordt College), 2002

Coaching Philosophy

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  Prov. 27:17

Hockey is a small piece of life, but has the opportunity to teach lessons and create character that will directly impact who my players are, and who they become away from the rink.  Being a man is tough, but being a Christian man is tougher. In my program, I challenge young men physically to be the best they are able, working through adversity and welcoming a challenge.  Accountabilty is significant, and the expectations for academic excellence, community service, and faith development are equal to the expectations placed on them at the rink and in the weight room.  We work hard and we have fun.  We challenge each other, we correct each other and we build eachother.  As iron sharpens iron…..