2011-12 Season - Jon Miedema
Jon Miedema was named the head coach for men’s and women’s tennis at Augustana in June of 2011. He replaced Adam Strand, who resigned in May to become the head coach in both sports at Luther, his alma mater. Miedema will be the 13th coach in Viking history for the women and the 20th on the men’s side of the ledger.
“I am excited to be the next head tennis coach at Augustana,” said Miedema. “I look forward to building on the great tradition of tennis in both the men’s and women’s programs.”
Miedema comes to the Vikings after spending one season (2010-11) as the head men’s tennis coach at Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. However, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the game. He served as the assistant coach for the women’s team at Calvin College, his alma mater, during the spring of 2011. He helped lead the Knights to a 19-4 overall record and a second round advancement in the NCAA Division III Championships.
Miedema served as a tennis instructor for three years at the Michigan Athletic Club, noted as one of the top clubs in the Midwest. He also worked as an instructor at the Centennial Country Club in Grand Rapids from 2004 through 2006.
A 2005 graduate of Calvin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and communications, Miedema worked as a health insurance agent for Kessler and Associates from 2007 until he took the Augustana position. He was also a loan officer for Brickwood Mortgage from 2005 through 2007.
As a player at Calvin he served as team captain during his senior season of 2005. He was a first team all-conference selection in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
“Jon’s strong tennis background, thorough understanding of NCAA Division III, previous collegiate coaching experience and outstanding communication and people skills were evident throughout the interview process,” said Mike Zapolski, Director of Athletics at Augustana.