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Defender Discussions

Defender Discussions

By Dordt University Athletics
Conversations with the people who make Dordt Athletics successful both on and off the field.
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Men's Volleyball Season Preview
Dordt Men's Volleyball Head Coach Chad Hanson joins Defender Discussions to talk about the upcoming season. The Defenders begin their season this weekend with contests against Clarke and Viterbo on Friday and Saturday. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
31:34
January 21, 2022
Greg Van Dyke & Nate Wolf - Dordt Cross Country Coaches
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications Matt Bos is joined by Greg Van Dyke and Nate Wolf in this week's episode of Defender Discussions. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
40:10
January 14, 2022
Nathan Kabongo & Levi Jungling - Dordt Football Assistant Coaches
This week's episode of Defender Discussions features an interview with Dordt Football Graduate Assistants Nathan Kabongo and Levi Jungling. Kabongo and Jungling completed five-year careers with the Defenders in 2021. Jungling finished as the program's all-time leader in receiving yards, catches, and touchdowns, and Kabongo in interceptions. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
42:43
January 07, 2022
Athletic Communications - December 23, 2021
Join us for our final episode of 2021 as the Athletic Communications team discusses the week in review and behind-the-scenes of Defender Athletics. Have a Merry Christmas and we will talk to you again in January! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
16:39
December 23, 2021
Volleyball Season in Review
Director of Athletic Communications Mike Byker has a conversation with Men's Volleyball Head Coach Chad Hanson to reflect on the women's volleyball season and his transition out of women's volleyball coaching. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University.
44:25
December 17, 2021
December 9, 2021 - Athletic Communications
This week's episode features a discussion from the Athletic Communications staff about the news and results around Defender Athletics. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
25:36
December 09, 2021
December 2, 2021 - Athletic Communications
The Dordt Athletic Communications office reviews the week of men's & women's basketball along with the NAIA Volleyball Championships. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
18:55
December 02, 2021
Joel Penner - Football Head Coach
Dordt Football Head Coach Joel Penner joins Mike Byker on this week's episode of Defender Discussions to debrief the season and talk about the positive direction that the program is headed toward. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
36:27
November 24, 2021
Athletic Communications Discussion - November 18
Athletic Communications staff Mike Byker and Bradley Laackmann discuss the week that was and the upcoming Defender schedules. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
21:40
November 19, 2021
SPECIAL EDITION - NAIA XC Championships Preview
Matt Bos is joined by Cross Country Head Coach Nate Wolf ahead of the NAIA Championships in Vancouver, Washington.
13:04
November 19, 2021
Cross Country Seniors - NAIA Championships
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications, Matt Bos, talks with the seniors from the Dordt Cross Country team ahead of their trip to the NAIA Championships. Eden Winslow, Brenna Tolkamp, Eric Steiger, Jacob Vander Plaats, Nic Veldhorst, and Davis Tebben join Defender Discussions in this week's episode. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
01:06:06
November 12, 2021
GPAC Cross Country Preview
Today's episode of Defender Discussions features a conversation with Cross Country coach Nate Wolf, who is previewing this weekend's GPAC Championships. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
29:35
November 05, 2021
Athletic Communications Roundtable - October 29, 2021
This week's episode features a discussion by the Athletic Communications office on the events and schedules of the week. Follow the Defenders on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
17:43
October 29, 2021
Nolan Regan - Men's Soccer Senior
Nolan Regan sits down with Matt Bos for this week's episode of Defender Discussions. Regan, a senior from Chino, California, will be graduating with a Business Admin: Marketing & Finance degree from Dordt following his senior year. He plays defense for Dordt and earned an All-GPAC Honorable Mention selection in 2020. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
28:51
October 22, 2021
2021-22 Basketball Season Preview
On this week's episode, Coaches Brian Van Haaften and Bill Harmsen sit down to preview the upcoming men's and women's basketball seasons. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
27:58
October 15, 2021
October 8, 2021 - Athletic Communications
Hear from the Dordt Athletic Communications office about stats, scores, and more on this week's edition of Defender Discussions. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
17:08
October 08, 2021
Jesse Veenstra - Cross Country Volunteer Assistant & Former Golf Student-Athlete
Jesse Veenstra joins Defender Discussions for this week's episode on his time as a Dordt student-athlete and work as a volunteer assistant with the Dordt cross country teams. Veenstra currently serves as a business professor on campus and trains as a triathlete in his free time. Thanks for listening and supporting Dordt Athletics! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
32:10
September 30, 2021
Athletic Communications Roundtable Discussion
Hear from Athletic Communications staff Mike Byker, Matt Bos, and Bradley Laackmann, who will be discussing the past week in Defender Athletics. Follow the Defenders on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
23:44
September 24, 2021
Chad Hanson - Volleyball Head Coach
This week's episode of Defender Discussions features Chad Hanson, Head Coach of Dordt Volleyball. A member of the staff since 2011, Coach Hanson has built a successful program with five NAIA National Tournament appearances, including an appearance in the 2020 national semifinal. The Athletic Communications office also debuts a new intro to discuss recent events in Defender Athletics. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
55:05
September 17, 2021
Mel Knobloch - Cheer & Dance Head Coach
Mel Knobloch, coach of Dordt Cheer & Dance, joins Defender Discussions for this week's episode! Knobloch was hired in 2015 to lead the Dordt Dance Team in its inception as a club sport. Now a varsity sport, Dordt dance has been competing at the state, conference, and national levels. In addition to the dance team, Dordt has added cheer to the list of varsity sports offered this year, a sport that Mel is also leading. Mel graduated from Dordt University (formerly Dordt College) in 2009 with a degree in physical education and recreation. Follow Dordt University Athletics on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
17:38
September 03, 2021
Ryan Gresse - Men's Soccer Coach
Dordt men's soccer Head Coach Ryan Gresse joins Defender Discussions for this week's preview of the 2021 season. Gresse, who is in his third season as the coach of the Defenders, talks about the roster, preparations, and the vision of the program. Follow Dordt University Athletics on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
17:38
August 20, 2021
Logan Cline & Gyeongju Kim - Dordt Baseball Athletes
Logan Cline (SS; Cheyenne, WY) and Gyeongju Kim (SP; Seoul, South Korea) join Defender Discussions for this week's conversation about their summer baseball experiences in the Sunflower and MINK Leagues. The two All-GPAC performers earned All-Star appearances in their respective leagues. Cline played with the Joplin Outlaws in Missouri and Kim pitched with the Great Bend Bat Cats out of Kansas. Follow Dordt University Athletics on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
13:43
August 06, 2021
Ross Douma - Director of Athletics
Ross Douma, Director of Athletics, joins Defender Discussions for this week's conversation about the 20-21 athletic year and reflections on leadership in Christian athletics. He became the athletic director in 2017 after previously serving as Head Coach of the men's basketball program. During his time as Athletic Director, Douma has implemented the Defender Way of integrating faith and athletics, created an Athletics Advisory Board, and has helped grow the Defender Gold Club. Before Dordt, he was head boys' basketball coach at Waukee High School, Chicago Christian High School, and Hartley Melvin Sanborn High School. Follow Dordt University Athletics on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
28:44
May 14, 2021
Alex Durbin - Women's Soccer Head Coach
Alex Durbin, Women's Soccer Head Coach, joins Defender Discussions for this week's conversation about his first season as Head Coach of the Defenders and about the importance of team culture. Coach Durbin is a Dordt graduate, former Defender student-athlete, and coached the women's soccer team to the GPAC Quarterfinals, having five All-GPAC selections. Follow Dordt University Athletics on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
22:07
April 23, 2021
Klay Byker - Graduate Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Klay Byker, Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, joins Defender Discussions for this week's conversation. Our interview highlights the Graduate Assistant program at Dordt University and the experiences Byker has had during his time at Dordt. Klay is a 2019 graduate of Dordt University and will begin teaching at a local high school following his responsibility as a Graduate Assistant. Follow Dordt University Athletics on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
12:11
April 02, 2021
Dr. Craig Stiemsma
Dr. Craig Stiemsma, Professor of Health and Human Performance at Dordt, joins Defender Discussions for this week's conversation about the Game Changer Christian Sports Summit. Game Changer is "a Christian sports summit to equip and inspire current and future athletic directors, coaches, and teachers in faith leadership," and it will be held on June 4, 2021 at Dordt University. For more information and to sign up for the event, go to dordt.edu/game-changer. Follow Dordt University Athletics on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
13:56
March 19, 2021
Matthew Van Eps - Track & Field Student-Athlete
Matthew Van Eps joins us for this week's episode of Defender Discussions. Van Eps, a senior from Prinsburg, Minnesota, is a three-time NAIA National Champion in track and field. He currently holds a top 10 spot in the Dordt record books in the 400 M, 600 M, 800 M, 4x400, 4x800, and the Distance Medley. Matthew will be running in three events at this weekend's NAIA Indoor Championships in Yankton, South Dakota. Follow Dordt University Athletics on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
12:17
March 05, 2021
Aaron Mingo - Football Offensive Coordinator
Aaron Mingo, Offensive Coordinator for the Dordt football team, joins Defender Discussions for this week's conversation about the success of the 2020 season, the recruiting process, and why the Dordt football program is unique. Mingo has been Dordt's Offensive Coordinator since 2016, in which he has coached two NAIA First Team All-Americans and one Second Team All-American. The Dordt offense was #1 in the NAIA in scoring offense last season, and was #2 in total offense per game, and #3 in rushing offense per game. Follow Dordt University Athletics on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
27:14
February 19, 2021
Nate Wolf - Cross Country Head Coach
Nate Wolf, Head Coach of the Dordt men's and women's cross country teams, joins Defender Discussions for this week's conversation. Wolf has coached seven GPAC Championship teams, two NAIA All-Americans, and three GPAC individual champions. Coach Wolf is also an assistant in the Dordt Track & Field program, where he assists in the development of distance and middle-distance runners, high jumpers, and hurdles. Follow Dordt University Athletics on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
36:26
February 05, 2021
Kyle Lindbergh - Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Kyle Lindbergh, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, joins Defender Discussions for the first episode of our new podcast. Lindbergh is a former Dordt student-athlete and is the officer of the Defender Gold Club in addition to his coaching role. Lindbergh was an NAIA First-Team All-American and GPAC Player of the Year in 2014, and played professionally for the Stirling Senators of Australia's State Basketball League. Follow Dordt University Athletics on Twitter and Instagram @dordtdefenders and like us on Facebook at Dordt University Athletics.
30:04
January 29, 2021