Kinesiology faculty

Earl Woudstra, Ph.D.

Professor of Kinesiology

Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.A., University of Iowa
B.A., Northwestern College (Iowa)



Dr. Woudstra teaches courses in sports management, physical education pedagogy, and coaching and serves as the program coordinator of the physical education and sport management majors. He has a doctorate in kinesiology and a master’s degree in recreation education. Before joining Northwestern’s faculty, he was an award-winning parks and recreation department director and coached a variety of sports. The head coach of Northwestern’s women’s basketball team from 1994 to 2011, he was named NAIA Div. II Coach of the Year four times and inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame after leading the Raiders to the national championship in 2001, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Northwestern's athletic director, Woudstra leads regular sessions for area coaching clinics and does external consulting for parks and recreation departments.


  • Introduction to Kinesiology

    Introduction to Kinesiology

    (3 credits) Introduction to the field of kinesiology including aims, objectives, history, philosophy, programs, principles, basic concepts of organization and administration, professional organizations, and the relationship of Christian commitment to the field.
  • Coaching Endorsement

    Coaching Endorsement

    (4 credits) This course meets the Iowa Department of Education requirements for three of the four coaching authorization areas: Child Development (15 instructional hours), Anatomy and Physiology for Coaches (15 instructional hours) and the Care and Prevention of Injuries (30 instructional hours). Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of educationally sound strategies for caring for the needs of youth involved in sport. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.
  • Coaching Topics

    Coaching Topics

    (2 credits) This course examines the fundamental techniques and strategies in coaching specific sports. The sport to be studied will vary each semester. Practice and contest skills and strategies for coaching will be emphasized for the appropriate sport. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing.
  • Methods of Elementary Physical Education and Health

    Methods of Elementary Physical Education and Health

    (3 credits; alternate years, consult department) The methods of teaching elementary physical education and health including: program planning and implementation, emphasizing effective instructional procedures through the use of educational movement, fundamental and specialized motor skills. Prerequisite: junior class standing.
  • Seminar in Sport Management

    Seminar in Sport Management

    (2 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course is intended as a capstone integrative experience for the sport management majors and minor students. Topics discussed will provide a comprehensive analysis of the sport management field.
  • Leadership in Sport Management

    Leadership in Sport Management

    (3 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course introduces students to the management and leadership opportunities and skills required in the sport and fitness industry. The applied skills of organizational planning, human resource management, problem solving, communication and motivation in a sport leadership context are the primary focus in this course.
  • Outdoor Recreation

    Outdoor Recreation

    (2 credits; non-yearly, consult department) Knowledge and skill in outdoor recreation activities including backpacking, camping, climbing, hiking and orienteering. Safety rules, survival and compass/ map reading are emphasized. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing.

Professional experience

  • Park and Recreation Director City of Orange City 1979-1989
  • Professor of Kinesiology Northwestern College 1989-Present
  • Head Women's Basketball Coach Northwestern College 1994-2011


  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • Women’s Basketball Coaches Association