After piloting high school teams to eight conference titles in the past 12 years, Craig Douma is looking to build on the Central College men’s basketball championship tradition as its new head coach.
Douma, a two-time NAIA all-America honoree at Northwestern College, was the coach at Carroll High School the past six years after spending the previous nine seasons at South O’Brien High School in Paullina. He compiled a lofty 268-78 (.774) record over 15 seasons, including a 123-32 (.793) mark at Carroll, where he piloted state tournament squads in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and reached the substate round five times in six seasons. Before becoming a high school coach, Douma spent the 1996-97 season as assistant coach at Northwestern.
He replaces Mike Boschee, who resigned in July after nine seasons to become the head coach at Division II Bemidji State University in Minnesota. Douma inherits a healthy program. The Dutch captured the 2010 Iowa Conference title and earned an NCAA Division III tournament berth. Central’s nine NCAA appearances are the most of any league school and the Dutch have 16 conference titles. Central returns 11 letterwinners from last year’s 18-8 squad.