|Title:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
Longtime college basketball coach Ed Douma embarks on his fourth
season as a volunteer assistant coach at Ferris State University in
He's no stranger to current FSU head coach Bill Sall, serving as his collegiate coach at Calvin College. Sall also worked as an assistant under Douma at both Calvin and Hillsdale prior to taking over the Bulldog program.
Douma previously spent 32 seasons as a head coach at several schools, posting a career record of 550-302 overall. He most recently spent 11 years leading Hillsdale College and coached 13 seasons before that at his alma mater, Calvin College, where he was a four-year starter. Two of his Hillsdale teams reached the NCAA Division II Tournament.
He has also coached at Alma College (NCAA-III), fellow GLIAC member Lake Superior State University (NAIA), Kent State University (NCAA-I), and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (NCAA-III).
Winning has been a way of life in Douma-led basketball programs with his greatest success
occurring in 1991-92 when he led the Calvin College Knights to the NCAA Division III National Championship, sporting a 31-1 record along the way. The 31 wins set Calvin College and Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) records for victories in a season. Douma was honored by the National Association of Basketball coaches as their NCAA III Coach of the Year. During his tenure at Calvin from 1984-1996, he posted 254 wins with 72 losses for a scorching .793 winning percentage. Douma’s teams won six MIAA titles and earned nine NCAA post-season berths. Besides the national title, his squads gained entry to the quarterfinals twice and the semifinals once.
Douma began his coaching career at the high school level in Shelby, Michigan where he
won two Class C state championships. He moved on to the college level at Alma College and
led the Scots to a 13-8 mark during the 1973-74 season. Lake Superior State University was
Douma’s next destination where he headed up the Laker program from 1974-78, posting four
straight winning seasons. The Lakers won two NAIA District 23 titles and qualified for the
NAIA National Tournament. The 1975-76 squad won 26 games and advanced to the NAIA
quarterfinals. His career mark at LSSU was 81 wins and 25 losses.
Douma next coached at NCAA Division I Kent State University, where he coached from
1978-82. In 1982, he moved on to UNC-Greensboro, an NCAA Division III team at that time.
Before returning to Calvin College in 1984, he averaged 14 wins over two seasons at UNC Greensboro before coaching an Athletes in Action team that toured South America.
Douma is a native of Grand Rapids and Muskegon who earned his bachelor’s degree at Calvin College, majoring in English. He also was a four-year varsity standout on the Knight basketball team.
Douma was inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame
in October 1995, the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame in June 1998 and the Lake Superior
State College Hall of Fame in October 1998.
Before all of that, Douma was a key player on Western Michigan Christian's 1962 Class C state championship team.