Central Wisconsin Christian High School in Waupun on Thursday announced via press release the hiring of Mark Vander Werff as the next head coach for the school’s girls basketball program.
It marks a return to this position for Vander Werff, who served as the head coach of the Crusaders from 2000-2012. He replaces Charlie Mulder, who stepped down in March after seven years at the helm for CWC. Mulder was an assistant under Vander Werff prior to taking the head coaching position in the 2012-13 season.
“Mark Vander Werff possesses great qualities that fit the heart of what Crusader Athletics is all about,” Director of Athletics Gregg Zonnefeld stated in the press release. “He is a proven and successful coach who not only has expertise in the Xs and Os of the game but lives out the big picture of using athletics as a tool to form champions With Christ. His leadership has been and will continue to be integral to our mission.”
Under his leadership, the Crusaders won a pair of regional championships and fell just short of a state tournament berth in 2010. Vander Werff compiled a 141-130 (.520) mark in those 12 seasons, including some years in the Wisconsin Flyway Conference. After joining the Trailways Conference, the Crusaders finished in the top three of the league in six of his final eight seasons.
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The Crusaders were 84-36 (.700) in Vander Werff’s final five seasons.
“I’m excited to get back into coaching high school basketball I look forward to helping these girls reach their full potential both on and off the court and helping them become the young women the God has created them to be,” Vander Werff said.
Vander Werff will continue in his roles at Central Wisconsin Christian as grades K-12 physical education teacher and the grades 6-12 athletic director.
Central Wisconsin Christian is a pre K-12 school of nearly 350 students serving families from 48 churches and 14 denominations within a 30-mile radius of the CWC campus in Waupun.