11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
Eric Van Kley
Eric Van Kley is in his first year as Central College's athletics director and his sixth year as head wrestling coach. He served as interim athletics director for eight months before being officially named to the position in April, 2013.
Van Kley held a similar role at the University of Great Falls (Mont.), when he was named athletics director in 2006-07 while also serving as the school's wrestling coach. A Rock Valley, Iowa native, Van Kley started the Great Falls wrestling program in 2004 and turned it into an NAIA title contender, compiling a 28-13 dual meet record over three seasons, with three national top-10 team finishes.
Inheriting a Central squad that had as many as five open weights in 2007-08, Van Kley has built a squad of 40 wrestlers and the Dutch have made a steady ascent in his five seasons. His teams have posted three straight 10-win seasons, including a 13-11 mark in 2011-12, the program's most wins since 1993-94. He was named co-winner of the Iowa Conference coach of the year award in 2009-10.
Van Kley is an honors graduate of Minnesota State-Mankato and a three-time letterwinner for the NCAA Division II program. He served as captain for the 2000 team and was a two-time Scholastic All-America honoree. Van Kley earned a master's degree from Duquesne University (Pa.).
Van Kley served three seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at the Dalles High School in Oregon before he spent a year as assistant coach for Division I Millersville University (Pa.) while also serving as Leadership Program Coordinator for the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Van Kley is also heavily involved in the U.S. Cadet & Junior National Greco-Roman tournament. He's coached in the tourney for seven years, serving as head coach of the Iowa team in 2010-11 and serving as a team director in Montana.
Associate athletics director
Senior woman administrator
Alicia O'Brien is in her seventh year on the Central staff, serving as the athletics department's associate athletics director and senior woman administrator. O'Brien is also an associate head softball coach.
O'Brien was the associate athletics director and senior woman administrator at Western Connecticut State University, where she was the head softball coach for 17 highly successful seasons. For the past six years she's been Central's associate head coach and her teams at the two schools have made a combined 12 NCAA Division III tournament appearances, with a 615-283-3 record.
A Western Connecticut State University graduate, O'Brien also earned a master's degree there in counseling. She served on the school's Hall of Fame Committee and was a member of its Wellness Initiative. She served a five-year term as a Title IX consultant with the Danbury, Conn. school system. The long-time director of the Western Connecticut Softball Camp, O'Brien was also an NFCA Division III Regional All-America Committee member.
In 2008, O'Brien was inducted into the Danbury (Conn.) High School Hall of Fame. She was a standout performer in basketball and softball at the school.
Phone: (641) 628-5434
Associate athletics director for operations
John Edwards is in his 40th year on the Central staff and serves as the associate athletics director for operations.
A native of San Jose , Calif., Edwards is a 1972 graduate of Central where he earned eight varsity letters in football and baseball. He was selected three consecutive years to the NAIA district 15-all area team and to the NAIA all-America baseball team in 1970. Edwards also served as an assistant football coach for the Dutch for 24 seasons and was the head baseball coach for 25 years (1978-2002).
Edwards was the college's interim athletics director for the 1996-97 academic year and took on additional interim duties for 2005-06.
Phone: (641) 628-5348
Associate athletics director for business affairs
Mona Roozeboom is in her 28th year on the Central staff and her second as associate athletics director for business affairs.
A 1975 Central graduate, Roozeboom began her Central career as an assistant equipment room manager. She served 13 years and was also a part-time athletics secretary for seven years. Roozeboom transferred to the business office in 1997 and served 11 years as an administrative assistant before being named the human resource director in 2009.
Roozeboom, a Morrison, Ill. native, works with the athletics budgets and summer camps.
Phone: (641) 628-5429