Jerry Bergsma heads into his ninth year as head coach of the
women's golf team. Bergsma's women's golf teams have received the
MIAA's Team GPA Award four times in the last six years for
maintaining a cumulative team grade point average of 3.30 or above.
He has led Calvin to three consecutive top four finishes in the
MIAA including a third place finish in the fall of 2013 that landed
the Knights a spot in the MIAA Spring Tournament for the third
consecutive year. The MIAA Spring Tournament determines the
league's automatic qualifier to the NCAA III Tournament each
A 1990 graduate of Calvin, 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. In 2011, he completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Western Michigan University. He has served as an faculty member in the Calvin Kinesiology Department over the last 10 years and was recently promoted to the rank of 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. Bergsma also doubles as the women's tennis coach at Calvin – a position he has held the last 11 years.