VanDerAa was the head wrestling coach at Winamac High School for 20 years and finished with a record of 404-96. He won 14 conference titles, a regional title and nine sectional titles. He also had numerous state qualifiers and placers. VanDerAa proudly coached a two-time state champion who went on to wrestle for Purdue.
He also coached Team Indiana in the National Tournament and coached a National Champion and a National Runner-Up. One of the athletes he coached would then go on to later become an NCAA Champion as well.
Along with his team accolades, VanDerAa was the recipient of coach of the year for the conference 14 times and was inducted into the Indiana Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009.
“What a tremendous opportunity it is to have someone of Steve’s experience and expertise recruiting and managing our new wrestling program,” said Ancilla Athletic Director Gene Reese.
“I am excited about the chance to help these athletes compete at the next level,” remarked VanDerAa. “As I begin recruiting, I am searching for wrestlers that have a passion for and a strong desire to continue in this great sport.”
VanDerAa, who is also an Instructor of Criminal Justice at the college, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bob Jones University and his Master of Arts from Grace College.
By Kaylee M. King