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 →

Going Home

Earlier this semester, September 7 and 8, the volleyball team took a trip across Iowa to play a pair of matches. One match was played against Grand View, a team Dordt has played a home-home series with the past several season, the other, a few miles down I-80, was against St. Ambrose in Davenport. Davenport? ... Continue Reading →


How did you spend your summer? It’s a common question on campus when people see each other for the first time in a while. For the men’s basketball team it was the continuation of a transition set in motion last January and still continues now that school has begun. The transition included a rare trip... Continue Reading →


Off to Nationals. The Dordt track and field team sent its representatives to the NAIA National Track and Field Championships earlier this week. Through the course of the year its easy to get focused in solely on the numbers.  What was the time run? Was it a PR (personal record)? What did they clear?  What... Continue Reading →


“I’m not really sure we knew you would be an all-conference player,” I said. “I’m not sure I knew I was either,” he said. .169 That was the batting average Colton Van Otterloo had as a college freshman for the Defender baseball team. Now, Colton’s not the first person to struggle when they hit the... Continue Reading →

Don’t Take It For Granted

Through the course of this last year I’ve given student-athletes assignments to reflect on specific times in their careers.  I’ve asked them to take a look back to determine how they’ve arrived at this point in their career.  Many times certain lines in the essays resonate with me.   Josh Van Eps took the challenge of... Continue Reading →

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