Lancaster Bible College Women’s Basketball Head Coach Katelyn Vanderhoff has announced that she is stepping down from her post effective immediately, ending a five-year stint at the helm of the Chargers.
Vanderhoff coached 135 games over her five years with Lancaster Bible, finishing with an 82-53 (.607) overall record, and a 68-20 (.773) mark in North Eastern Athletic Conference play. Vanderhoff’s teams qualified for the NEAC Playoffs in four of five seasons, and the Chargers won the NEAC South Division in each of those four seasons as well.
The Chargers appeared in the NEAC Semifinals in three of the four years the team qualified for the playoffs, and played in the NEAC Final in Vanderhoff’s first season, the 2015-16 year. Despite falling in the NEAC Final to SUNY Poly that season, the Chargers did win the school’s first-ever NCCAA Division I postseason contest that season, defeating Ohio Christian, 84-77.
“I am so thankful for Katelyn’s efforts to try and build the women’s basketball program,” Lancaster Bible Director of Athletics Pete Beers said. “There are many things to be proud of and for over Katelyn’s five seasons, and we are grateful to her. We wish her only the best as she moves onto the next chapter in her life. May God bless her and I pray that Katelyn follows His call in her life.”
Vanderhoff was also named NEAC Coach of the Year during the 2015-16 season, and coached her first of two NEAC Player of the Year winners that season, as Aubrey Folger took home the award. Caitlin Hickey was also named NEAC Player of the Year during Vanderhoff’s tenure, winning the award this past season. In addition to the NEAC Player of the Year selections, Vanderhoff also coached 14 NEAC All-Conference selections, and three D3hoops.com East Region selections.
“Five years ago, Lancaster Bible gave me the life-changing opportunity to be the Head Women’s Basketball Coach, and it has been an amazing experience that I have had the privilege to be surrounded by wonderful players, parents, and staff on and off the court,” Vanderhoff said. “I hope I have had a positive effect on, and in their lives, on and off the court as they have had on mine. After much consideration I have decided to take some time and pursue other goals in my life, one being to live and enjoy life in Colorado. I want to thank Pete Beers, along with the Lancaster Bible administration, for giving me this wonderful opportunity. The love for the game will always be in my blood, and I will continue to look for an opportunity to be involved in the game I love so much.”
A national search for Vanderhoff’s replacement will begin immediately.D3 Lancaster Bible NEAC