Ancilla Announces New Wrestling Program and VanDerAa is Named Head Coach

DONALDSON, IN – Ancilla College is proud to announce that they will be adding wrestling to the 2016-17 school year sports lineup and have appointed Steve VanDerAa as head coach.

VanDerAa was the head wrestling coach at Winamac High School for 20 years and finished with a record of 404-96. He won 14 conference titles, a regional title and nine sectional titles. He also had numerous state qualifiers and placers. VanDerAa proudly coached a two-time state champion who went on to wrestle for Purdue.

He also coached Team Indiana in the National Tournament and coached a National Champion and a National Runner-Up. One of the athletes he coached would then go on to later become an NCAA Champion as well.

Along with his team accolades, VanDerAa was the recipient of coach of the year for the conference 14 times and was inducted into the Indiana Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009.

“What a tremendous opportunity it is to have someone of Steve’s experience and expertise recruiting and managing our new wrestling program,” said Ancilla Athletic Director Gene Reese.

“I am exciteDSC_0118d about the chance to help these athletes compete at the next level,” remarked VanDerAa. “As I begin recruiting, I am searching for wrestlers that have a passion for and a strong desire to continue in this great sport.”

VanDerAa, who is also an Instructor of Criminal Justice at the college, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bob Jones University and his Master of Arts from Grace College.

Ancilla College (, part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 12 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.