Northwest University’s men’s basketball coach John Van Dyke recently announced his resignation after 18 seasons with the Eagles. Courtesy of Northwest University

Northwest University’s men’s basketball coach John Van Dyke recently announced his resignation after 18 seasons with the Eagles. Courtesy of Northwest University

Van Dyke steps down as Eagle coach

Van Dyke coached the Northwest University men’s basketball team for 18 years.

  • Thursday, January 4, 2018 10:23am
  • Sports

Northwest University’s men’s basketball coach, John Van Dyke announced his resignation after 18 seasons with the Eagles.

“We wish to thank coach Van Dyke for his service and many years at Northwest University,” said NU president, Dr. Joseph Castleberry. “John built a program with many successes, but most importantly, a program respected for its character. He is known for his values and his teams have always represented the university in an outstanding manner.”

John Van Dyke. Courtesy of Northwest University

John Van Dyke. Courtesy of Northwest University

Van Dyke leaves behind a program, which during his tenure made four trips to the NAIA Division II National Championships in 2007 and from 2011-13, including a semifinal finish in 2007. His 2011-12 team won a Cascade Collegiate Conference co-championship, finishing with a 29-5 record. Van Dyke was named CCC coach of the year for the 2011-12 season and ranks 18th on the list of all-time winningest active coaches in the NAIA with 292 career wins.

“John has established a quality of play and success for the men’s basketball program and we appreciate the many years of his dedicated coaching here at Northwest University,” said NU athletic director Gary McIntosh.

The university will begin a search for Van Dyke’s replacement. Jeff Drinkwine, men’s assistant coach for the past three seasons, has been appointed the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

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