Craig Heynen

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Coach Craig HeynenHead Coach

Coaching Background

Craig Heynen took the head coaching duties of the Dordt University track and field program in 2008 after serving as a professor in the physical education department at the University of South Dakota. Prior to his work at the University of South Dakota Heynen held various basketball and track and field coaching responsibilities at Mount Vernon Christian School (Washington) and San Jose Christian (California).

Coaching Philosophy

Through athletics we have the opportunity to please God by using the gifts he has given us. I believe that God has given us a wide variety of abilities and talents, and by developing them for his service, we honor him. Being involved in a sport provides student-athletes with many opportunities for growth. The challenges of training, competing, and performing test an individual's character, and under the right circumstances can teach many valuable lessons. A team that exhibits unity, supports and challenges one another, and is focused on serving God can be a great example of how to live as a Christian community. Dordt University track and field strives to incorporate these principles as we work together to serve God through this sport.

At Dordt

Heynen was named the GPAC Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2012.

He's coached 27 relay teams to NAIA All-American status and 44 individuals have claimed All-American honors with Heyen as coach. Has had four individual NAIA National Champions at Dordt and one relay team that earned a national title.   He also has had 48 athletes named NAIA Scholar-Athletes during his time at Dordt and he is a professor in the Health and Human Performance department at Dordt.

Athletic Background

While an athlete at Dordt Heynen was a four-year member of the track and field team. He earned most valuable athlete honors at Dordt in 1988 and 1990.

Academic Background

Ed. D. University of South Dakota
M.S. Emporia State University
B. A. Dordt University (formerly known as Dordt College)


Wife - Karen
Children - Joshua, Joel, Anna