UND Staff

Rodney Zuyderwyk

Assistant Coach -- Hurdles, Vertical Jumps, Multi-Events


phone 631-1694
Email rzuyderw@nd.edu
Bio

A native of Australia, Zuyderwyk previously served as Associate Head Coach at New Mexico where he supervised the vertical jumps, combined events and javelin. In nine years with the team, he coached 19 individuals to Mountain-West Conference titles, six outright conference team titles, 30 NCAA Championship appearances, three All-American honors, one Mountain-West Athlete of the Year and 10 All-Conference honors. Two Mountain-West records and 11 school records broken by student-athletes he coached.

Prior to his time in New Mexico, he spent eight years as the Assistant Coach at Purdue University where he was named Regional Assistant Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA in 2008 and 2009. While in West Lafayette, he coached two NCAA National Champions, seven NCAA Regional Champions, 19 Big Ten title winners and saw 17 school records shattered. Two student-athletes won three USA Championship titles under his tutelage during this time. He coached two student-athletes to Collegiate Records, one of whom also broke the American Record. Zuyderwyk also coached Purdue’s first female Olympian and World Championship qualifier, Kara Patterson (javelin), during her career with the Boilermakers.

Before embarking on his coaching career, Zuyderwyk competed in the hurdles and combined events for Washington State University where he helped his team win a PAC-12 Championship. In international competition, he finished sixth in the 110 meter hurdles at the Athletics World Cup and placed sixth in the decathlon at the World Student Games for the Netherlands. He also represented Australia at the 1998 Commonwealth Games where he competed in the 110 meter hurdles and 4×100 meter relay.