Dan Vander Kooi

Dan Vander Kooi, right, has stepped down as Lynden Christian’s baseball coach. (Photo courtesy Becky Van Hofwegen)

LYNDEN – Dan Vander Kooi has stepped down as Lynden Christian’s baseball coach, athletic director Brenda Terpstra announced Monday in a press release.

Vander Kooi has been at the program’s helm since 2015 when he took over for former head coach Desi Luna. 

In 2017, Vander Kooi helped bring the Lyncs their first winning season since 2003 – a feat they have since completed two more times during his tenure.

“LCHS is grateful to Coach Vander Kooi for the time, service, and commitment he made to the Lyncs Baseball players and program,” Terpstra said in the release. “Lynden Christian prays that Coach Vander Kooi and his family will be blessed in this latest chapter of their lives, and confident they will stay connected to activities in some capacity.”

Perhaps Vanderkooi’s largest impact on the program was spearheading the school’s new fieldhouse project. He, alongside the Lynden Christian administration, worked to build the 90x55-foot building that included three 70-foot hitting cages and much more.

In his letter of resignation, Vander Kooi said the main reason for his resignation was to preserve time with his family. He proceeded that he felt at peace with the decision, despite it being a “dream come true” to have been able to coach at his alma mater.

“As my own kids get older, it is hard to be in multiple places at once,” Vanderkooi stated. “I don’t want to look back 10 years from now and realize I missed out on my own kids’ games and events.” 

Vanderkooi gave thanks to Terpstra and former Lynden Christian athletic director Curt DeHaan for their roles during his time with the program. Additionally, he thanked the Lyncs’ Nathan Bosman for leading the school’s junior varsity team.

“It has been a blessing to be able to develop this program together,” he said. “It has been the time of my life and I will miss it, but I’m excited to be at my own kids’ events moving forward.Thank you again to all that have supported myself and Lyncs baseball. God bless.”

Vanderkooi and the Lyncs had their 2020 season cancelled due to COVID-19, but most recently finished 9-2 in their abbreviated 2021 campaign.