High School Football

Lynden Christian hires familiar faces as new football coach, AD

Lynden Christian defensive coach Dan Kaemingk, center, watches the Lyncs run a drill during practice on in 2013. Kaemingk will return as the head coach of the Lyncs after leading the program for 21 years from 1990 to 2010.
Lynden Christian defensive coach Dan Kaemingk, center, watches the Lyncs run a drill during practice on in 2013. Kaemingk will return as the head coach of the Lyncs after leading the program for 21 years from 1990 to 2010. drasbach@bhamherald.com

Lynden Christian announced a pair of new hires on Thursday, April 14, in an email from outgoing athletic director Curt DeHaan, and both should be familiar with their surroundings.

Dan Kaemingk will return as the Lyncs’ football coach, while former Mount Baker athletic director Brenda Terpstra will fill that role at LC beginning this summer. Both Kaemingk and Terpstra are graduates of the school.

Kaemingk graduated from LC in 1985 and went on to play football at Northwestern College, before returning to coach the Lyncs in 1990. He led the Lyncs for 21 seasons, guiding them to a 150-79 record, before stepping down following the 2010 season.

Kaemingk takes over for his cousin, Galen Kaemingk, who succeeded him in 2011 and led the Lyncs to a 23-29 record the past five seasons and into the district playoffs three times. LC went 5-5 and advanced to the Class 1A Northwest District Playoffs before losing to King’s last fall.

After taking two years off, Dan Kaemingk returned as the team’s defensive coordinator the past three seasons.

While he was head coach, Dan Kaemingk’s teams made the state playoffs 13 times and advanced to the state semifinals in 1991, ’93, ’97, ’98, 2001 and ’02 and won a state title in 1997.

“Coach Kaemingk has been an outstanding mentor and has enriched the lives of our student-athletes,” DeHaan wrote in the release. “Coach Kaemingk brings great leadership, inspiration and spiritual encouragement to Lynden Christian both on and off the field.”

After graduating from Lynden Christian, Terpstra attended Seattle Pacific University, where she received a degree in Physical Education and her teaching credentials. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Educational Technology, before earning her Education Administration certification through Western Washington University.

Terpstra taught and coached at Centralia for eight years, before returning to Whatcom County and spending the past 20 years at Mount Baker, where she’s taught Physical Education, coached and served as the school’s athletic directer for 10 years from 2001 to 2011.

At Lynden Christian, she’ll take the reigns from DeHaan, who’s led the Lyncs’ athletic department since 2007.

“She is excited and looking forward to returning to and being a part of the LC community,” Lynden Christian superintendent Paul Bootsma said of Terpstra in the release.

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