Craig Stiemsma

Associate Head Coach

Coaching Background

Craig Stiemsma was named the men’s soccer coach in November of 2014 and associate head coach with the Dordt women's program in 2018. Steimsma is in his second stint as head coach with the men after spending the previous eight season with the Dordt women’s basketball program. He stands second in career wins with the women’s basketball program. Prior to his time at Dordt, Stiemsma taught and coached at Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa.


  • The Defender Way: All out, all the time, playing a game we love, with guys we love, for a God we love.
  • Motto: Have a great attitude, be a great teammate, be competitive, persevere.
  • Core verse: “Jesus grew in wisdom, and stature and in favor with God and in favor with men.” Luke 2:52

We will seek academic growth, physical development, spiritual growth, and social growth. Our outcome is that players will graduate as mature servant-leaders.

At Dordt

While Coaching the Defender men’s soccer program from 2003-2006, Stiemsma complied a 38-36-1 record. Under his leadership, Dordt qualified for two GPAC post-season tournament semi-final rounds as well as earning a pair of berths to the NAIA regional tournament. Coached the Defender women's basketball program from 2007 to 2015.


B.A. Dordt College

M.A. University of South Dakota

Educational Doctorate–University of South Dakota


Wife: Kristi

Children: Josie, Sydney, Trey