Bill Harmsen began to guide the Dordt Defender women’s program starting in 2018-19 after serving several years at Western Christian High School (Iowa).
His 2018-19 Dordt team proved to be record-breaking and historic as it posted a 20-12 season record with a 13-9 mark in the Great Plains Athletic Conference which was good for fourth place. The team earned an at-large berth to the NAIA Division II Natioanal Basketball Championship where its season ended in the first round of the 32 -team field. The bid was the first ever for the Defenders and capped a season where they spent most of the year in the top-20 of the rankings and started the year with a 15-4 record.
Harmsen coached the team to a program best 80.3 points per game and topped the nation in defensive rebounds (31.96) and was 9th in scoring average.
Harmsen has coached one first-team all-GPAC performer, one second-team NAIA All-American, one CoSIDA Academic All-American selection and five NAIA- Scholar Athletes.
While at Western Christian Coach Harmsen guided both the girls and boys basketball teams to state titles. Harmsen was the girls coach from 2012-16 and the boys head coach for two seasons from 2016-18. His 2012, 2013 and 2014 girls teams won state titles and the boys team he guided in 2017 won a state title.
In his time at Western Harmsen also taught Bible classes and served as an assistant boys basketball coach, Assistant to the Principal and Activities Director. He served at Western from 2001-2018.
Harmsen also taught, coached and was athletic director at Dakota Christian High School and served as an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Sioux Falls and was the head girls basketball coach at Sioux Falls Christian.
I feel coaching athletes is a way to get to know individuals on a personal level. To see student athletes at their highest of highs and lowest of lows. This is where spiritual and emotional mentoring can take place. It is my goal every woman that is a part of the Dordt college women’s program will be equipped with the spiritual, social and emotional skills to prosper in the workplace as well as establish homes built on Jesus Christ.
B. A. in Health, Physical Education
M. A. in Educational Leadership
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