Mike Terpstra joins Brooks on Thunder coaching staff
Mike Terpstra joins Brooks on Thunder coaching staff
General Manager Sam Presti announced Wednesday that former Ripon Christian basketball coach Mike Terpstra and Robert Pack have been added to the list of assistant coaches for the team.
Terpstra has spent time working at the college, junior college and high school levels, as well as the NBA Development League and the CBA.
He played professionally in Turkey, England and Australia.
Terpstra won two state championships at Ripon Christian and was an assistant at the University of the Pacific.He also helped turn around programs at Modesto Junior College, Cal State Stanislaus and Northwest Nazarene.
In recent years, he's served as a professional scout for both NBA and European pro teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets.Terpstra is also the founder and CEO of the University Recruiting Group, a service comprised of former athletes and coaches that helps athletes through the collegiate recruiting process.
Mike Terpstra 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 tremendously.""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 and his family the best as he returns to California and spends the kind of quality time with his family that both they and he deserve.""Mike's 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.""Mike did a great job in some very difficult circumstances.
Mike's 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.
Mike Terpstra, who is white, argued that the university let his contract expire after the 2002-03 season because it wanted to replace him with a black coach.
Jurors deliberated for two and a half hours before arriving at a 10-2 decision in Terpstra's favor.Because it was a civil trial, a unanimous jury verdict was not required.The jury awarded Terpstra $40,000 for past economic loss, $300,000 for future economic loss and $200,000 for pain and suffering.Terpstra, who led the team to its best season in a decade before being let go, said he felt vindicated by the jury's award.
Terpstra coached at Ripon Christian High School and Modesto Junior College before taking the coaching position at CSU Stanislaus.He is now is the head basketball coach at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.
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Mike Terpstra brings over 20 years of experience to the Thunder after working in various capacities at the college, junior college and high school levels, with additional experience in the NBA Development League and the CBA.
The following season, Terpstra worked on a part-time basis with the coaching staff of the Colorado 14ers who would go on to win the Western Division championship before falling to the Dakota Wizards in the D-League championship.
Prior to his time with the Stampede and 14ers, Terpstra served as head coach at his alma mater, Northwest Nazarene University, in Nampa, Idaho during the 2004-05 season.
While there, Terpstra accumulated a 17-10 record, which was the best record in school history at the Division II level.
Terpstra also served as the head coach of California State Stanislaus from 2000-03, where he led the Warriors to a 41-39 record over his three year stint in Turlock.
During a three-year stint as the head coach of Modesto Junior College from 1997-00, Terpstra compiled a 60-36 record, including a school record 27 wins during the 1999-00 season.
Before earning his Masters Degree in Sports Science from the University of Pacific in May 1996, Terpstra was responsible for the development of the team's big men as an assistant coach for the Tigers men's basketball program form 1994-95.Terpstra started his coaching career with Ripon Christian High School, where he won three California state championships, two has a head coach (1992, 1994) and one as an assistant (1988).
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