11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
Eric Van Kley
Eric Van Kley joined the Central College staff as head wrestling coach in 2007 and became the school's athletics director in 2012.
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.
In 2015, Van Kley was named president-elect of the National Wrestling Coaches Association. He's spending the 2015-16 academic year as vice president before beginning a two-year term as president.
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 eighth 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
Assistant athletics director for event management
Tim Wilkinson joined the Central staff as women’s golf coach in 2010 and added duties as assistant athletics director for event management in June.
Wilkinson, the 2014 Iowa Conference’s women’s golf coach of the year, served as an admission office from 2010-15. He now coordinates event management for all home athletics events and manages facility scheduling for the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex.
Wilkinson earned a bachelor’s degree at California State-Stanislaus. He taught and served as assistant girls’ and boys’ golf coach at Central High School in Fresno, Calif. Earlier he launched the men’s and women’s golf programs at the University of Great Falls (Mont.), where he served with Van Kley. He was also the school’s assistant men’s basketball coach and sports information director.
As women’s golf coach, Wilkinson has piloted the Dutch to four second-place league finishes. His Central golfers have received all-conference honors 10 times, with one league MVP award.
Phone: (641) 628-5439
Associate athletics director for business affairs
Mona Roozeboom is in her 29th 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
Grace Luder returned to Central in 2015 as equipment manager, following her mentor, longtime associate athletics director John Edwards, for whom she worked at Central before graduating in 2005.
She received a master’s degree in education and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from Southern Illinois University. Luder is also pursuing a doctoral degree in educational administration and higher education that she anticipates receiving this fall.
A certified member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association, Luder served as coordinator of equipment and facilities at Southern Illinois for six years. Prior to that she was an assistant equipment manager and graduate assistant at The Citadel (S.C.). She spent the 2013-14 academic year as residence life coordinator at Iowa Western Community College.
While at Central, Luder was the student manager for the football, men’s basketball and baseball squads.
Phone: (641) 628-5348