Don De Waard ’82 on the sidelines of a Central Dutch football game

The Mayor and the Coach

A love of football and Pella helped Don De Waard ’82 tackle challenges and build a winning playbook for Central.

Apr 13, 2022

Gagliardi Trophy-winning Central quarterback Blaine Hawkins ’21 shares some final words with the AFCA Division III Coach of the Year Jeff McMartin ’90 before taking the field for Central’s NCAA Division III football playoff game with Wheaton College (Ill.) Nov. 27.

Athletics Updates – Spring 2022

Read the Spring 2022 wrap-up for Dutch athletics.

Apr 13, 2022

The 10th NCAA Division III Championship trophy won by a Central women’s team was hoisted in 2003 by softball captains Libby Hysell Carlton ’03, Mary Vande Hoef ’03, Kris Hughes Gardner ’03 and April Miller Hicks ’03 in Salem, Virigina.

An Era of Opportunities

Central College is recognized as a leader in women’s athletics.

Jan 13, 2022 | 1 Comment

Jim Fuller, associate head men’s and women’s track coach (right), Kurtis Brondyke ’11 (center) and Will Daniels ’19 enjoyed the thrill of hearing the words “Central College” announced at events more than once during Olympic Trials this summer.

Hurdling Olympic Dreams

Central grads Will Daniels ’19 and Kurtis Brondyke ’11 compete in decathlon trials.

Oct 15, 2021

Exterior of P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium

Making an Impression

New facilities showcase the best of what Central athletics have to offer.

Jul 15, 2021

Former Central presidents David Roe (left) and President Emeritus Ken Weller (center) join current President Mark Putnam at the 2013 NCAA Division III softball championships in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Weller’s Wisdom

President Emeritus Ken Weller accomplished much in his time at Central. Of those accomplishments, Weller authored the Division III Philosophy, which transformed Division III athletics into what they are today.

Jul 15, 2021 | 1 Comment

Austin O'Brien ’14was the Iowa Conference men’s cross country MVP in 2013, placing 11th at the NCAA Division III Championships. He then won an indoor track and field national title in the distance medley relay.

“Unrealistic” Dreams Lead O’Brien to Olympic Trials

The Olympic dreams of Austin O’Brien ’14 are as improbable as where they were spawned — on a couch in front of a television.

Jul 15, 2021

A drone shot of A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex showcases many of Central College's updated exterior athletics facilities. Photo by: Andrew Gorman '19

Athletics Updates – Summer 2021

Read the Summer 2021 wrap-up for Dutch athletics.

Jul 15, 2021

Yana Rouse ’21 became Central’s first female minority student senate president in Fall 2020.

Multi-Talented Leader

Central College student body president and track thrower Yana Rouse ’21 balances athletics, academics and campus life.

Apr 7, 2021

In the first phase of the $18 million Forever Dutch® initiative in 2017, P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium was expanded and received an exterior facelift.

Athletics Updates – Spring 2021

Read the Spring 2021 wrap-up for Dutch athletics.

Apr 7, 2021

In the first phase of the $18 million Forever Dutch® initiative in 2017, P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium was expanded and received an exterior facelift.

Victory! Central Completes Fundraising for Forever Dutch® Initiative

In it’s most ambitious athletics capital initiative in its 167-year history, Central College has completed fundraising for the $18 million Forever Dutch® initiative.

Jan 15, 2021

Football practice at Central in a pandemic meant face masks and small-group workouts, like Assistant Coach Austin Mercer put his cornerbacks through.

Pandemic Athletics: Central Navigates a New Way To Play

Central athletics has been a mixture of triumphs and setbacks during a global pandemic. Yet, coaches and athletes continue to find the silver lining.

Jan 15, 2021

Thom Summitt ’74 jokes with former Central volleyball player Erin Dilger ’20 prior to a Dutch men’s basketball game. Summitt, a longtime favorite of Central student-athletes, retired as the men’s and women’s basketball announcer in February after 30 years. He previously announced at home volleyball and softball contests as well.

Summitt Has Dutch P.A. Career Mic Drop

After 30 years, the well-known voice of Central College athletics is turning off the mic.

Nov 13, 2020

Three National Standouts Join Central Athletics Hall of Honor

Three former student-athletes who reached the national championship stage will be the newest members of the Hall of Honor.

Nov 13, 2020

Garrett Saunders ’19 signs a young fan's ball.

Central’s Saunders Gets Minor League Shot

For Garrett Saunders ’19, the real world beckoned. Then he got the call.

May 20, 2020

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