Head Assistant Coach
Jared Kirkeby has been hired to take on the pitching duties at Northwestern as a full time assistant coach. Kirkeby, a 2012 graduate of Northwestern, returns to his Alma mater after teaching/coaching in the Cherokee Community School District. Kirkeby will join assistant coaches Dave Noteboom, Matt Van Schepen, Jake Koerselman, and head coach Brian Wede on the baseball staff.
Kirkeby enjoyed a stellar career as a left handed pitcher at Northwestern winning 18 games (ninth best in school history) and throwing 182 innings (18th most all time). Kirkeby made 28 starts and 26 relief appearances in his career throwing eight complete games and two shutouts. His sophomore campaign saw him go 7-4 in 65 innings. His best ERA campaign came as a senior when he posted a 2.79 ERA in 51.2 innings, going 4-3. For his career Kirkeby walked 63 batters in 183 innings.
Kirkeby saved his best performances during his career for the GPAC Tournament. In three career GPAC Tournament starts Kirkeby threw 24 innings, and allowed five runs on 23 hits in two postseason victories. In the final game of his career, the 2012 GPAC championship game, Kirkeby threw nine innings and allowed one ninth inning run on eight hits. The Red Raiders lost 1-0.
"My family and I are extremely excited about the opportunity to come back to Northwestern" said Kirkeby. "Northwestern is a place where I feel I can continue to grow spiritually and professionally. To be able to give back as a coach to the program I played at is something that I am very grateful for."
Northwestern went 112-85 during Kirkeby's four seasons including a GPAC Tournament championship in 2010 and a GPAC regular season championship in 2011.
"I am really excited to have Jared back on campus," said head coach Brian Wede. "Jared was the type of player that had an infectious personality who got the most of out of his ability. He was very mentally strong and willing to be used in whatever role was best for the team. Ever since he left the program I have been thinking of ways to get him back on campus because I think he can be a very good asset for our program moving forward."
"Adding Jared to the staff also allows me to work with our position players/hitters on a more regular basis, something I am very excited for," said Wede. "In the ten years I've been a head coach we carry a 0.309 team batting average and have averaged 6.19 runs per game in 500+ games, I have no doubt we will continue that offensive production."
Matt Van Schepen
Matt Van Schepen ('08) will be in his third season coaching the Red Raider JV squad during the 2015-16 season. Van Schepen was a member of the varsity baseball team at Northwestern from 2005-07. Northwestern improved each of Van Schepen's three seasons from 13-33 in 2005 to 19-21 in 2006 then to 37-18 in 2007. The Red Raiders won the NAIA Region III Championship in 2007.
Van Schepen is currently a middle school teacher at Orange City Christian School. Prior to employment at OCCS, Van Schepen was a teacher and JV baseball coach at Timothy Christian High School in Chicago, Illinois.
Van Schepen says, "I am honored to be a part of a program that develops quality young men on and off the field. I am looking forward to both learning from the other coaches in the program as well as have the opportunity to help my players develop their God-given gifts and talents through the game of baseball. I want my players to understand the difference between success and winning. Take pride in doing the little things right, make up for bad plays, and don’t make excuses. Take care of the little things and winning will take care of itself."
"Matt Van Schepen is a winner," said head coach Brian Wede. "Matt was a very important part of helping us turn our program around between 2005 and 2007. He was a very unselfish player that had a very high passion for the game and his teammates. Guys like Matt are always involved with winning programs because of what they bring to the game and I couldn't be more thankful he has decided to coach with us."
Van Schepen and his wife Lindsey have one daughter (Lilia) and one son (Caden) and reside in Orange City.
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