It Makes A Difference

A little over three years ago things changed for Jacob Lewis. They changed quickly and they changed dramatically. An athletic big man on the basketball court—his future appeared to be one of a four-year contributor to the Defender program. And then he was in a car accident on March 24, 2016 on Highway 75 near... Continue Reading →

Run With It

Spring Break is past.  The end of the semester isn’t that far away.  There’s a lot of work yet to do, but, plans for the summer and beyond are taking shape. Plans that probably seemed concrete in September have now morphed into something different for many on a college campus.  One of the many lessons... Continue Reading →


The intent of Behind the Shield has been to tell stories.  To give you a view you wouldn’t otherwise see.  This one is about a young man who is the final of three siblings to attend Dordt.  Doesn’t seem that long ago that Josh Van Kempen showed up on campus and played football and ran... Continue Reading →

A Plan

“How do you do it all,” I asked as he sat across the desk from me. I’m not sure Caleb Herman gave me an answer that day last week.  After getting the opportunity to read his blog entry all I can say is this: If something is important to you, you will find the time... Continue Reading →


We talk about leaving things better than when we got there.   Well, it gets tougher to leave something better than when you got there if it’s already in a pretty good state, but, I believe, the graduating women’s volleyball players did just that.  Here’s my lasting memory from this group.  It’s not a victory—there were... Continue Reading →

Worth The Journey

“What can we do that is different?” That’s a thought that rattles around in my head as I travel to and from work.  That’s a thought that consumes my thoughts on the stretch of Interstate 29 from Missouri Valley to Sioux City that I feel I could drive in my sleep. “What can we do... Continue Reading →

In The Shadows

The fall season has come to a close on the Dordt campus.  Cross Country had its national meet a few weeks ago and the volleyball team's trip to Sioux City came to an end in the quarterfinal round.   Football season wrapped up in mid-November and the team has gone into a bit of hibernation. As... Continue Reading →

The Pursuit

It’s an exciting time of the year.  The women’s and men’s cross country teams earned GPAC titles a week and half a go.  The volleyball team went 16-0 in the league and won the post-season tournament and the football team had its best ever season with a 7-3 record. I’ve grown to love the sport... Continue Reading →

12 Hours

The calendar flipped last week. The end of a football season is looming.  We celebrated Senior Day a little over a week ago and I had the privilege of watching seniors and their families walk across the field and were acknowledged by those in attendance. Do you ever stop and think about what those individuals... Continue Reading →

I Love This Team

Honestly, I don’t know where some of these entries will lead when I pose the question to the subject, “Are you interested in writing an entry for Behind the Shield?  I have this idea…” Most times our student-athletes are willing and trusting enough to let me help share their story. Josiah Kotte arrived on campus... Continue Reading →

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