Meet Jerry Bergsma
Jerry Bergsma recently completed his 10th year as head coach of the women’s tennis team. A 1990 graduate of Calvin, Bergsma is 131-76 overall in dual match competition including 58-25 against MIAA foes as Calvin women's tennis coach. In 2008 and 2009, he led Calvin to a second place MIAA finish and then led Calvin to the MIAA regular season and conference tournament titles in 2010. The MIAA crowns in 2010 were Calvin's first since 1982 and allowed the Knights to advance to the NCAA III Tournament for the first time in school history where the Knights picked up a first round win over Baldwin-Wallace College. The Knights finished the 2010 season with an overall record of 19-4 with Calvin setting a school record for victories in a season. The Knights were also regionally-ranked throughout the 2010 season.He also coached Melissa Oosterhouse who advanced to the NCAA III Singles Tournament in both 2010 and 2011. Oosterhouse was the recipient of the NCAA's Elite 88 Award in 2010. Bergsma's women's tennis program has also received the MIAA's Team GPA Award six times in the last seven years for posting a team GPA of 3.30 or above.
Bergsma also doubles as the head coach of the women's golf team. Bergsma was a member of the Calvin men’s volleyball club team as a student where he earned All-Midwest Volleyball Association accolades. After graduating from Calvin, he coached one year of junior varsity volleyball at Grandville Christian High School. Bergsma then taught two years at Timothy Christian High School in Barrie, Ontario, before returning to Grand Rapids to work on his graduate education.
A native of Brampton, Ontario and a graduate of Toronto District Christian High School, Bergsma received his master’s degree in physical education from Western Michigan University in 1996 and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan in 2011. He has served as an faculty member in the Calvin Kinesiology Department over the last several years and is now a full professor in the department.
Bergsma has also served as the interim head coach of the Calvin women’s volleyball team, leading the Knights to an MIAA Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA III Tournament.