resigns effective end of academic year
5-4-05 Men's BasketballNampa - Mike Terpstra, men's basketball coach at Northwest Nazarene University, announced his resignation today effective July 31, 2005.Coach Terpstra will continue to work with the program until the end of this academic year.Coach Terpstra will return to California where his family has resided for the past two years.
"Working at NNU
has been a wonderful opportunity the last two years.Having the privilege of coaching at my alma mater has been very exciting and a challenging experience," said Terpstra
."I thoroughly enjoyed my team this year and I am extremely proud of their accomplishments on and off the floor.I am going miss my team and my colleagues at NNU
offered me a fair contract, but with my oldest daughter Andrea starting high school and my youngest daughter Michelle starting middle school at Ripon Christian, we feel it is important to remain in California at this time," added Terpstra
.Dr. Richard Hagood, president of the university, commented, "I will always be grateful to Mike Terpstra for returning to his alma mater to help move our men's basketball program to a competitive Division II level."
"Now, we wish Mike
family the best as he
returns to California and spends the kind of quality time with his
family that both they and he
team this year really came on strong towards the end of the season.Mike helped the team adapt to some tough circumstances too, because of last year's departure of Ed Weidenbach," said Vice- President Dr. Eric Forseth.
On our campus, Mike
did a good job with such initiatives as the faculty honorary coach program.Mike
brought NNU's basketball program to a new competitive level."
did a great job in some very difficult circumstances.
team was arguably the hottest team in the West during the last month of the season with victories over the regions best teams.His
team was edged out of the regional tournament by the smallest of margins."Coach Terpstra will continue with the program through the end of July working on recruiting, fundraising and summer camps.