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Rolf van de Kerkhof
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Fonty's Hogeschool (The Netherlands)
Graduating Year: 1996
Experience: 5 Years
Phone: 302-831-6721

Rolf van de Kerkhof continues to lead the University of Delaware field hockey program to national prominence on the field and in the classroom as he is in his seventh season as the team's head coach during the 2017-18 academic slate.

Hired in December 2010, Van de Kerkhof (pronounced ‘van—duh—kirk—off') is just the sixth head coach in the history of Delaware field hockey and holds an all-time record of 101-50 (.669) on the turf with the Blue Hens.

During his tenure, the Hens have garnered one National Championship (2016), five straight Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Championships and three CAA regular season titles while appearing in the CAA Tournament and reaching NFHCA National Academic Team status in each of his seven seasons. Delaware has also featured four All-Americans, nine All-Region honorees, one CWSA Honda Sport Award selection, one CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, two CAA Players of the Year, two CAA Rookies of the Year, 16 All-CAA performers, 11 CAA All-Rookie Team picks and 39 NFHCA National Academic Squad members.

Additionally, Van de Kerkhof and his staff have also garnered three CAA Coach of the Year, two NFHCA Regional Coach of the Year and one NFHCA Division I Coach of the Year awards.

In 2017, the Blue Hens collected their fifth straight CAA Tournament crown while finishing the year with a 15-5 overall record and going undefeated (5-0) for the second straight season. Delaware ranked in the Top 10 of nine NCAA statistical categories (scoring average, goals per game, goals against average, scoring margin, winning percentage, assists per game, points per game, save percentage, defensive saves) and 15 CAA categories while setting the school-record with 13 defensive saves.

UD also had two student-athletes earn All-American (Greta Nauck, Taylor Lister) and four All-Region (Lisa Giezeman, Greta Nauck, Taylor Lister, Lotte de Koning) status while senior goalie Emmeline Oltmans was tabbed the program's first-ever CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Van de Kerkhof guided the Hens to new heights during the 2016 campaign as Delaware captured the program's first-ever NCAA Division I Championship title, which was also the first for a University of Delaware women's athletics team since the women's lacrosse squad picked up the NCAA title in 1983. The Hens defeated No. 9 Louisville, No. 1 Duke, No. 14 Princeton and No. 4 North Carolina by a total of four goals, including one overtime win, en route to the championship banner.
Additionally, the Blue Hens posted a team-record and nation-best 23 victories and 90.2 winning percentage en route to their fourth straight CAA crown. UD logged an outstanding scoring margin of 100-39 and was ranked in the Top 10 of seven total NCAA statistical categories (winning percentage, scoring average, goals per game, points per game, scoring margin, assists per game, defensive saves).
Delaware featured two All-Americans and four All-Region honorees, including the school's second-ever CWSA Honda Sport Award winner in Greta NauckThe sophomore midfielder led the nation and set new school single-season records in points per game (3.04) and goals per game (1.32) while setting other program records in game-winning goals (10), shots (148) and shots on goal (98).
Fellow All-American Esmée Peet was recognized both for her play on the field and her work in the classroom as the program's third CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year while junior forward Taylor Lister was named to the U.S. Field Hockey Developmental Squad during the summer of 2017. 
The team was celebrated as the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association Team of the Year while also receiving NFHCA National Academic Team honors after notching a remarkable 3.43 team GPA during the championship run.
Van de Kerkhof and his coaching staff, which consisted of Missy Arenz, Jordan McKee and Jacki Coveleski, brought home all of the 2016 coaching honors as the Blue Hens earned NFHCA Division I Coach of the Year, CAA Coach of the Year, ECAC Eastern Coach of the Year and NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year accolades.
The Blue Hens picked up their third straight CAA title in 2015 after defeating No. 16 and top-seeded James Madison, 2-1, in overtime in Harrisonburg, Va.  In the team's seventh overall trip to NCAA postseason action, Delaware's season ended in a heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss at No. 4 Virginia, the team's second overtime game against the Cavs in less than a month.
During the 2014 season, Van de Kerkhof and his Hens captured their second consecutive CAA title en route to the sixth NCAA Tournament berth in school history.
Despite losing five talented seniors from the previous year's NCAA team, the 2014 squad finished the year with a mark of 13-9 while going 4-2 in league action.  The No. 2 seed in the CAA Tournament, Delaware prevailed for the program's fourth CAA Championship. 
Van de Kerkhof, a native of The Netherlands, led Delaware to an outstanding campaign in 2013.  The team posted a program record of 17-5 while claiming the CAA regular season and tournament titles on the way to the program's fifth NCAA Tournament berth.  Additionally, the Hens earned a Top 20 ranking in the NFHCA Coaches Poll.
For their efforts, Van de Kerkhof, alongside assistants Lynn Farquar, Kim Kinsella and Missy Woodie, earned recognition as the NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year and CAA Co-Coach of the Year.
Van de Kerkhof came to Newark, Del. following a 12-year stint as an assistant and head coach at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. He became the Spartans assistant in 1999 before being named the head coach in 2006.  Van de Kerkhof holds a career record of 160-79 over 11 seasons at Delaware and Michigan State.
In total, Van de Kerkhof brings more than 25 years of playing and coaching experience to the Blue Hens. In addition to his time at Michigan State, he spent 16 years playing field hockey, obtaining experience as a goalkeeper, defender and midfielder. In August of 1999, he gave up his playing career to become a full-time coach at the intercollegiate level.
Prior to being named the Michigan State head coach in February 2006, he spent seven seasons as the team's top assistant coach. During his time at MSU, he helped the Spartans put together the most successful era of the program's history and compiled an overall record of 180-80 as both an assistant and head coach.  His five-year record as head coach at Michigan State stood at 74-34, including an impressive 33-10 mark over the final two seasons.
The Spartans made eight trips (four as a head coach) to the NCAA Tournament.  Just before joining the Hens, Van de Kerkhof guided the 2010 Michigan State program to a 15-6 overall record and NCAA Championship first round appearance.
After leading the Spartans to both the Big Ten regular season and the Big Ten Tournament titles in 2009, Van de Kerkhof was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. The team finished the season with a record of 18-4 and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, where, after defeating Delaware, it fell to Virginia, 3-2. Following the 2009 season, Van de Kerkhof was also named the NFHCA West Regional Coach of the Year.
As a Spartan assistant, Van de Kerkhof helped guide the team to two trips to the Final Four and another two into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. MSU's finest season came in 2002, with an overall record of 23-3 and a trip to the Final Four for the first time in program history.
Prior to coaching and living in Lansing, Mich., Van de Kerkhof coached the under-12, under-14, under-16 and under-18 boys and girls teams at various clubs while living in The Netherlands.
He earned a degree in sports, economics and communication at the Fonty's Hogeschool in Tilburg, The Netherlands, in 1996 and also graduated with two official coaching degrees offered by the Royal Netherlands National Field Hockey Association in 1997 and 1998. During the 1998 Field Hockey World Cup in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Van de Kerkhof was in charge of World Cup projects for Whise International Coaching Experts and Brabo International Hockey Equipment.
Since 2000, Van de Kerkhof has been involved in the Youth Olympic Development and Youth Elite Coaching programs, sponsored by the United States Field Hockey Association. In 2007, he served as the head coach of the US under-16 national team, which finished first in the runners-up pool in the HOD tournament in the Netherlands.
In 2001, he served as an assistant coach with the under-16 U.S. National Team, coaching the squad to a bronze medal in the same tournament. In addition, Van de Kerkhof has been coordinating the under-19 U.S. Futures Elite Hockey Tours to The Netherlands and served as head coach of the squads in the spring of 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. He also assists in developmental programs for coaches across the nation and enjoys volunteering for charity organizations, including the Greg Gephart Fund in Houston, Texas and the Worthington Weed Whackers Program in Columbus, Ohio.
He and his wife, Mary, have four children, Sebastiaan, Mark, Lieve and Anneke.

   Van de Kerkhof's Career Year-by-Year Head Coaching Record

Year School Record Conf. Record (Finish) Highlights
  2006  Michigan State  8-12  1-5 (7th)  Big Ten Semifinals
 NFHCA National Academic Team / Top 5 Performer
  2007  Michigan State  16-6  5-1 (2nd)  Big Ten Semifinals
 NCAA Tournament
 NFHCA National Academic Team
  2008  Michigan State  17-6  4-2 (3rd)  Big Ten Semifinals 
 NCAA Quarterfinals
 NFHCA National Academic Team
  2009  Michigan State  18-4  6-0 (1st)  Big Ten Champions 
 NCAA Quarterfinals 
 Big Ten Coach of the Year 
 NFHCA West Regional Coach of the Year
 NFHCA National Academic Team
  2010  Michigan State  15-6  3-3 (4th)  Big Ten Semifinals
 NCAA Tournament
 NFHCA National Academic Team
  2011  Delaware  9-11
 4-4 (4th)  CAA Quarterfinals
 NFHCA National Academic Team
  2012  Delaware  8-12
 3-4 (5th)
 CAA Semifinals
 NFHCA National Academic Team
  2013  Delaware  17-5
 6-0 (1st)
 CAA Regular Season Champions
 CAA Tournament Champions
 NCAA Tournament 
 CAA Co-Coach of the Year 
 NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
 NFHCA National Academic Team
 2014  Delaware  13-9  4-2 (2nd)  CAA Tournament Champions
 NCAA Tournament
 NFHCA National Academic Team
 2015  Delaware  16-6  4-2 (2nd)  CAA Tournament Champions
 NCAA Tournament
 NFHCA National Academic Team
 2016  Delaware  23-2  6-0 (1st)

 NCAA Champions
 CAA Regular Season Champions
 CAA Tournament Champions
 NFHCA Division I Coach of the Year
 NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
 CAA Coach of the Year
 ECAC Eastern Coach of the Year
 NFHCA National Academic Team

2017 Delaware 15-5 5-0 (1st)

 CAA Regular Season Champions
 CAA Tournament Champions
 NCAA Tournament
 CAA Coach of the Year
 NFHCA National Academic Team

 Delaware  Sevens Seasons  101-50 (.669)  32-12 (.727) 1 NCAA Championship
3 CAA Regular Season Titles
5 CAA Tournament Titles
5 NCAA Tournament Appearances
 7 CAA Tournament Appearances

 MSU  Five Seasons  74-34 (.685)  19-11 (.633)

4 NCAA Tournament Appearances

 Career  12 Seasons  175-84 (.676)  51-23 (.689)  4x Conference Coach of the Year
 3x NFHCA Regional Coach of the Year
 1x NFHCA Division I Coach of the Year

Delaware Blue Hens