Also named the Big Ten Coach of the Year, van de Kerkhof led the Spartans to an 18-4 record in 2009 as Michigan State won the Big Ten Championship and the Big Ten Tournament en route to a quarterfinals appearance in the NCAA Championship. van de Kerkhof coached two student-athletes, Jeamie Deacon and Floor Rijpma, to All-America honors while Rijpma was also named West Region Player of the Year. Five Spartans, Deacon, Rijpma, Jantine Steinmetz, Elissa Unger and Manouk Vernij were named All-West Region performers by the NFHCA.
FH: Rolf van de Kerkhof Named West Region Coach of the Year
Michigan State head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof was selected as the 2009 Dita/NFHCA West Region Coach of the Year, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
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