July 1, 2011
2011-12 Season - Miedema hired to be new tennis coach
|Jon Miedema has been named as the new head men's and women's tennis coach at Augustana. He replaces Adam Strand, who resigned in May.|
Jon Miedema has been selected to be the next head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Augustana, it was announced today. Miedema, who will start immediately, replaces Adam Strand who resigned his position at the end of May to take a similar post at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Miedema was the head men’s tennis coach at Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, Michigan during the 2010-11 season. He also served as the assistant women’s coach at Calvin College, his alma mater, during the past school year. He helped the Knights compile a dual match record of 19-4 and advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
“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. Obviously, Adam Strand left a very strong foundation and I am anxious to get started and continue the fine work he started.”
Strand was the head men’s coach for six seasons and he led the Vikings to a 107-66 overall record. He coached the women for five seasons and was 71-58 during that time frame. Last year both the men’s and women’s teams finished second in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.
“This will be an exciting challenge but the overall tennis program is in such good shape right now that it makes moving into this position fairly easy,” said Miedema.
Mike Zapolski, director of athletics at Augustana, liked the fact that Miedema had the total package when it came to tennis.
“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 Zapolski. “Adam Strand did a terrific job with both our men’s and women’s tennis programs and I believe that Jon is the right person to further build on a strong foundation of recent success.”
Miedema graduated from Calvin in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and communications. He served as team captain for the men’s team as a senior and led the Knights to a 16-3 overall record and earned all-conference honors.
He has a significant tennis teaching background, serving as an instructor for three summers at the Centennial Country Club from 2005-06 and an additional two and a half years at the Michigan Athletic Club.