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J.W. VanDenBorn
Director of Golf/Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Director of Golf/Head Coach
Hometown: Henryetta, Okla.
Alma Mater: UMKC
Graduating Year: 2002
Experience: 9 Years
Phone: 816-235-5989
Email: vandenbornj@umkc.edu
Former UMKC men's golf student-athlete J.W. VanDenBorn was named the director of golf and head coach at his alma mater in June 2007. 

Overall, VanDenBorn has been the head coach for the men's program for the past 12 seasons.  In six of the past eight seasons (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015), VanDenBorn guided the 'Roos to at least a second place showing at conferece championship with his 2011 squad winning the first tournament title in school history and the 2013 squad winning the second.  He has led the 'Roos to top-four finishes in the league championship tournament nine times.

Last season, VanDenBorn led the 'Roos to a runner-up finish at the WAC Championhsip with Antoine Rozner garnering WAC Player of the Year and First Team All-WAC honors with Mitch Tucker joining him on the First Team.  During the year, Rozner and Tucker notched the first and second lowest averages in UMKC history, placing them first and third on the career list.  As a team, the 'Roos carded four of the eight lowestrounds in school history and three of the eight lowest tournament scores in school history, including the lowest in both.

In 2014, he guided the 'Roos to a fourth place finish in their first ever appearance in the WAC Championship, while helping Nathan Hughes and Rozner to Second Team All-WAC Recognition, with Hughes capturing the individual title at the Desert Shootout to highlight the season.  Academically, Hughes, Cole Chelle and Jack Fiscus were each honored as Academic All-WAC selctions, as well as GCAA All-American Scholars.

During the 2012-13 season, VanDenBorn was named Summit League Coach fo the Year after guiding the 'Roos to their second trip to the NCAA Tournament in school history.  Under his guidance, Korbin Kuehn, Hughes and  Rozner were named to the First Team All-Summit League and Chelle and Fiscus were named to the Second Team All-Summit League, while Kuehn was named Summit League Golfer of the Year and Golfer of the Tournament after claiming his second individual Summit League title and Antoine Rozner was named Newcomer fo the Championship.

Academically, Hughes was named to the Summit League Academic All-League Team, while six individuals were named to the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence and seven were named to the 2012-13 Summit League Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll, including three as Distinguished Scholars.

In the 2010-11 season, he led UMKC to its first ever NCAA Regional team appearance, and earned Summit League Coach of the Year honors after leading the 'Roos to the Summit League title. He coached two second-team All-Summit League picks in Korbin Kuehn and Viktor Mikaelsson as well. The 'Roos won two tournaments during the season, and placed third or better in seven tournaments.

During the 2009-10 season, VanDenBorn coached three student-athletes to individual tournament titles, which were the most individual victories since the 2000-01 season.  Senior Brett Iliff won the ReBath Snowman Getaway for his first career victory, Alex Hogben was crowned champion at the Hawkeye-TaylorMade/adidas Invitational in April, where he fired a final round 64, which tied the school record, and Korbin Kuehn claimed the medalist honor at the 2010 Summit League Men's Golf Championship on the first hole of a sudden victory playoff.

Following the win, Kuehn was named The Summit League Championship MVP and Co-Newcomer of the Championship, as well as being named to the all-Tournament team.  Kuehn also advanced to participate in the NCAA Regional Championship in Atlanta, becoming just the second 'Roo golfer to compete in the NCAA Championship.

Kuehn was the second UMKC student-athlete to win the individual league tournament title under VanDenBorn's tutelage.  Stephen Clark was the first student-athlete to win the Mid-Con Championship in 2006, as he earned medalist honors with a two-under par 214. Subsequently, Clark also was the first UMKC men's golfer to earn Mid-Con Player of the Year honor.

During his tenure in Kansas City, VanDenBorn has coached a student-athlete to first team all-league honors in each of his seven seasons at the helm of the program. In five of his seven seasons, he had multiple student-athletes recognized, which included two first team and one second team honoree in 2010.  During the 2005 campaign, VanDenBorn guided Brian Donnelly to Mid-Con Tri-Newcomer of the Year honors.

VanDenBorn has also coached the team to the top single round performances in school history. His squad posted single round records of 280 in a pair of rounds as the 2004 SEMO/Harris Invitational, where they finished with a 54-hole tournament record of 848. During that same event, he led Alan Johnson to a school record 54-hole total of 203 and the top single round performance (64) in school history.

Off the course and on the recruiting trail, VanDenBorn has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success as well. Two of his recruiting classes were ranked among the top-25 in the country according to GolfStat.  VanDenBorn's recruiting efforts have produced some of the top players in UMKC men's golf history, as Alex Hogben, Stephen Clark, Michael Schnegelberger and Brett Iliff all closed out their careers among the top-six in career scoring averages.

In the classroom, VanDenBorn has had 26 players named to the Academic all-League team and 18 to the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence.  He also coached Michael Schnegelberger to Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honors in both 2008 and 2009.

Prior to becoming the head coach, VanDenBorn spent two seasons as a player and another campaign as an assistant coach for the Kangaroos under former coach Bill Ross. He was officially introduced as the head coach for the program on July 1, 2003.

As a student-athlete, VanDenBorn was a two-year letterwinner for the Kangaroos. As a senior co-captain in 2001-02, VanDenBorn recorded a 75.4 stroke average in 25.5 rounds and was twice named Mid-Continent Conference Golfer of the Week. He captured individual medalist honors by winning the Southeast Missouri State Invitational, where he matched the then school record with a five-under par 66 in the opening round of the event.

As a junior in 2000-01, VanDenBorn quickly established himself as one of UMKC's top players. He led the Kangaroos in four tournaments and was named Mid-Con Golfer of the Week (11-1-01) after finishing sixth with a two-over par score of 218 at the SMS Pepsi Challenge.

Before transferring to UMKC, VanDenBorn was the NJCAA Region III champion in 2000, while playing for Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC). He captured the Jayhawk Conference individual championship and was an all-conference pick in 2000, which led to him being named the KCKCC Male Athlete of the Year.

Academically, VanDenBorn earned Verizon Academic All-District honors and Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar accolades. He also was the recipient of UMKC's Stan Durwood Award, which is given annually to the UMKC student-athlete with the highest grade point average with a minimum of 100 hours passed.

As a prep, VanDenBorn was a four-year football, golf and basketball letterwinner at Henryetta (Okla.) High School.

VanDenBorn earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from UMKC in 2002.   He then received his master's degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and management from UMKC in May 2009.

He and his wife, Stephanie, were married in June 2008, and they reside in Lee's Summit, Mo.