MILWAUKEE - Brad Vanden Boogaard has been named Alverno College's Director of Athletics and Head Golf Coach, Vice President for Student Affairs Wendy Powers, Ph.D., announced Tuesday. In these roles, he will lead the athletics department's recruitment and retention efforts, oversee operations and strategic growth, supervise all athletics personnel, and head the golf program. His appointment begins June 1.
Vanden Boogaard comes to Alverno from Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas, where he served in a dual role as director of athletics for five teams and vice president of student affairs, an area encompassing enrollment, admissions, financial aid, advising, housing and activities.
"We are delighted that Brad is joining the Alverno Inferno family as our next athletic director and head golf coach," said Powers, noting that the national search attracted highly qualified candidates. "Brad brings a wealth of experience as a coach and administrator and is committed to Division III athletics, bringing a true passion for ensuring that the student-athlete experience is educational and rewarding. I'm confident that, with Brad's leadership, the Alverno Inferno Athletics program will grow and flourish."
"I am truly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead Alverno College Athletics," said Vanden Boogaard, a native of Kimberly, Wis. "I'm excited to focus full time on athletics because that is my true passion and am looking forward to working with the coaches, administration and student-athletes to build on the past and raise the level of success moving forward."
At Clarendon, in addition to his duties as athletic director, Vanden Boogaard served as the head women's and head men's basketball coach. He developed student-athletes who moved on to play at the Division I, II, III and NAIA levels, as well developed several all-conference and all-academic team members. Vanden Boogaard has a commitment to recruiting student-athletes of character. From 2015-18, Clarendon's athletic teams improved their overall GPA by almost three points.
Vanden Boogaard earned a Master of Arts in Physical Education and Athletic Administration from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He and his wife, Julee, along with their son, are looking forward to moving back to Wisconsin.