(Friday, June 16; Sioux Center, Iowa) Glenn Bouma, Dordt College’s athletic director since 2009, will transition to the associate athletic director’s position for the 2017-18 school year as he prepares for anticipated retirement in May 2018. Ross Douma, the associate athletic director since 2013 and current men’s basketball coach, has been named athletic director effective July 1, 2017.
Bouma has served at Dordt College since the 1997-98 school year as athletic director, head women’s basketball coach and Dordt Rec Center director.
“Glenn has provided exemplary service during his 20 years. I want to thank Glenn for the positive way he has facilitated this transition planning,” said Dordt College Provost Eric Forseth. “Specifically, after he shared his intent to retire spring of 2018, he recognized the onboarding necessary to help Ross this next year. His willingness to be a team player is evident in that he graciously agreed to serve as associate athletic director to help the transition go smoothly.”
Douma, the incoming athletic director, has been at Dordt College since 2009-10 and has served as the head men’s basketball coach, a faculty member in the Health and Human Performance department and associate athletic director. Douma has coached the men’s basketball team to NAIA National Championship Tournament berths in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Douma will continue to serve as head men’s basketball coach.
“We are fortunate to have someone of Ross’s caliber to fill the athletic director role. He is a tremendous mission fit who has extraordinary constituent relationships. He prioritizes the importance of student-athlete. He is gifted with interpersonal and fundraising skills. Ross will capably serve in this capacity because he has a depth of experience as associate athletic director. I’m confident he will lead others with the same admirable passion as he has demonstrated in the coaching profession,” said Forseth.
Douma will lead a department that includes 18 varsity teams and two club programs.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead our athletic department going forward and build on past successes Glenn Bouma has fostered,” said Douma. “A special thanks to President Hoekstra and Dr. Forseth for entrusting me with the opportunity to serve Dordt College in this capacity. Dordt College is a special place and athletics plays a key role in bringing forth young people for kingdom service. This is an exciting time for Defender athletics, as we possess untapped potential in several key areas. I am very thankful to be able to serve as athletic director at Dordt College and am excited to build on existing relationships while taking on new ventures that will enable our athletic teams to reach new heights.”