Mike Byker, Sports Information Director
SIOUX CENTER – Dordt University has announced baseball coach Jeff Schouten has resigned his position as coach and professor to pursue other interests effective for the 2019-20 school year.
“Jeff has been a leader as a professor in the Health and Human Development department and as the longest tenured baseball coach in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. We wish him nothing but the best in his future pursuits,” said Dordt University Athletic Director Ross Douma.
Schouten has been the Defenders’ baseball coach since 2003-04 and has guided the Defenders through 14 seasons, taking a leave of absence during the 2008 season to complete his doctorate from Florida State University. During his time at Dordt 67 Defenders earned post-season honors from the Great Plains Athletic Conference. He coached 35 players who were named Daktronics-Scholar Athletes by the NAIA; two that earned First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American honors and eight teams since 2008 that were accorded NAIA Scholar-Team honors (3.0 cumulative GPA or better).
“Jeff has been a solid, steady coach for the Defender baseball program,” Douma said. “His impact on the program and the school went far beyond a win-loss record. I have nothing but the utmost respect for how he ran the program and treated his players.”
A search for Dordt’s next baseball coach will begin immediately.