16 Iowa Conference championships
Craig Douma is looking to build on Central College's men's basketball championship tradition as he enters his second year as its head coach.
After piloting high school teams to eight conference titles in 12 years, Douma led the Dutch to their eighth-straight season of double-digit wins.
Douma, a two-time NAIA all-America honoree at Northwestern College, was the coach at Carroll High School the past six years after spending the previous nine seasons at South O’Brien High School in Paullina. He compiled a lofty 268-78 (.774) record over 15 seasons, including a 123-22 (.848) mark at Carroll, where he piloted state tournament squads in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and reached the substate round five times in six seasons. His teams claimed conference titles in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. At South O’Brien, Douma’s squads were league champs in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. He was the Class 2A Northwest District coach of the year in 2000-01 and took Class 3A Southwest District honors in 2006-07. Before becoming a high school coach, Douma spent the 1996-97 season as assistant coach at Northwestern.
“One of the things that excites us about Craig is that he has a track record of being extremely successful everywhere he’s been, both as an athlete and as a coach,” said athletics director Eric Van Kley. “His work ethic as a player was legendary, and if you talk to coaches who have followed his coaching career, they’ll tell you that hasn’t changed. He’s an intense competitor who knows how to win, and how to do it with integrity."
Douma is also known for working with thousands of young players through the B.E.S.T. Shooting School. He’s helped lead the program each summer since 1998.
As a player, Douma is the third-leading scorer in Northwestern history with 2,276 points and is a member of the Red Raider Hall of Fame. He played in three NAIA Division II national tournaments, helping the Red Raiders finish second in 1992 and reach the final eight in 1994. The Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference player of the year in 1994, Douma was a second-team all-America pick in 1993 before earning first-team recognition in 1994, when he also served as Northwestern’s team captain. A Maurice-Orange City High School graduate, Douma was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association players' hall of fame in 2009.
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