2016 NCAA Div. III tournament qualifier
2014 Iowa Conference Coach of the Year
Craig Douma was named the Central head men's basketball coach in 2012.
He's already piloted the Dutch to two NCAA Division III tournament appearances. His 2015-16 squad became the first in Iowa Conference history to win three straight road games in taking the league tournament championship with a No. 5 seed. It's a conference record 11th NCAA tourney appearance overall.
Douma's Dutch were picked for last place in the league for the 2013-14 campaign, but he piloted the squad to a surprising championship, the program's 17th. Central also captured the league tournament title. Douma was tabbed as the league's coach of the year.
After inheriting a team that posted a 10-14 mark in his first season, Douma led Central to a 21-8 mark in 2013-14 and followed it up with another winning season (15-11) in 2014-15, giving him a 46-33 career collegiate mark.
Previously Douma piloted high school teams to eight conference titles in 12 years. Douma, a two-time NAIA all-America honoree at Northwestern College, was the coach at Carroll High School for 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.
Douma is also known for working with thousands of young players through the Central Shooting Academy. 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 also received the Red Raider Coach of the Year Award following Central's 2013-14 championship season. Douma 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.
Joe Steinkamp returned to the Dutch coaching staff as the top varsity assistant in 2013-14 after spending seven seasons as an assistant from 2005-2012.
A 2003 Central graduate, Steinkamp previously spent seven years as an assistant for the Dutch, but left following the 2011-12 campaign and spent one year in private business in Sioux Falls, S.D.
He's helped lead the Dutch to two Iowa Conference championships and a pair of NCAA Division III tournament berths. Central has compiled a 116-68 mark during Steinkamp's seven years as the top assistant.
Steinkamp was a two-time letterwinner and the Central team co-captain in 2002-03. He spent the 2003-04 year as a graduate assistant women's basketball coach at Loras College while pursing a master's degree. He was Central's men's junior varsity coach in 2004-05 and a volunteer assistant at Lewis University (Ill.) in 2005-06 before returning to Central as JV coach for 2006-07. He became the top varsity assistant the following year.
Christian Murphy joined the Central men's basketball coaching staff in 2016
A 2016 graduate of Butler University, Murphy served as a student manager for the men's basketball from 2012-2016. The Bulldogs particiapted in the NCAA Division I Tournament three times during his tenure with the program.
Additionally, he spent time in the summer of 2013 coaching at Wesleyan University (Ct.) basketball camps and as a manager for the University of Hartford (Ct.) workouts in the summer of 2012 and 2013.