Jerry Bergsma


  • EdD Western Michigan University, 2011 - Educational Leadership
  • MA Western Michigan University, 1996 - Pedagogy
  • BA Calvin College, 1990 - Physical Education



Jerry Bergsma heads into his eighth 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. A 1990 graduate of Calvin, Bergsma was a member of the Calvin men’s volleyball club team as a student w
here 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 and coached the women’s tennis team at Calvin for 11 years.

Quick Facts

  • 15 years of coaching at Calvin
  • Calvin College (BA) and Western Michigan University (MA & Ph.D) graduate

Academic interests

  • Teacher Education

Teams Coached

  • Women's Golf
  • Women's Tennis

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