Former Northwestern College women’s basketball coach Earl Woudstra is one of 18 individuals who will be inducted into the NAIA Hall-of-Fame Tuesday night in Sioux City. The honor is the highest honor bestowed by the NAIA. Individuals inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame must be persons of outstanding quality, high moral character, fine leadership and must be held in high esteem by colleagues, coaches and athletes. The Hall-of-Fame ceremony is part of the Banquet of Champions and coincides with the 2012 NAIA Division II Womens Basketball National Championships. The ceremony will take place at the Sioux City Convention Center.
Woudstra led the Red Raiders to a 403-139 record during his 17 years as head coach, the all-time winningest coach in the program’s history (.744). Northwestern won four national championships under his direction, including back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. He also guided the Raiders to titles in 2001 and 2008, winning national coach of the year honors each of those years, as well as being named the WBCA coach of the year in 2011. Woudstra stepped down from his coaching duties last March, one week after winning his fourth championship.
Northwestern qualified for 10 national tournaments during Woudstra’s tenure and holds the record for the most wins at the national tournament. In addition to the national championships, the Raiders were runners-up in 2000 and advanced to the Final Four in 2006 and 2009. Under his direction, Northwestern won over 30 games five seasons and massed 20 or more wins 11 times.
Woudstra had a 152-40 record in the very competitive Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and guided the Raiders to four GPAC regular-season championships and three postseason conference championships. In addition, Woudstra coached 25 NAIA All-Americans, three national players of the year and 30 Scholar-Athletes.
Woudstra will be inducted at the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa on March 6, 2012. He becomes the fourth Northwestern player and/or coach to be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame, joining Larry Korver (1989), Lee McKinstrey (1993) and Paul Bartlett (2008).