Brent Douma will be making the transition from boys basketball to girls basketball.
Creston activities director Jeff Bevins announced over the weekend that Douma has been selected to be the next head girls basketball coach of the Creston Panthers, replacing Larry McNutt, who is taking over the head boys position at BCLUW.
“It’s really exciting and to do it in a place like Creston is really exciting for me,” Douma said about making his return to a head coaching position. “Just really looking forward to getting to work with the girls.”
Douma has spent the past seven years as the assistant boys basketball coach at Glenwood. Prior to that, Douma was the head coach for Clarinda.
In Clarinda, Douma won a Hawkeye 10 Conference championship and took the Cardinals to the state tournament.
“At Clarinda, we won the Hawkeye 10 one year while I was there and we did go to state while I was there, so we had some nice teams there,” he said. “It was fun to coach there. The last several years, I’ve been the assistant with the boys program at Glenwood. But this is fun to be able to get back to this.”
Douma, who will also work in the Creston School District as a 7th-grade math teacher, made the trip to Creston on Sunday for summer league games to have an opportunity to meet the girls he will be coaching next year.
“I’ve met a few of the parents,” Douma said. “I know coach McNutt had nothing but great things to say about everybody.”
Creston offered some familiarity for Douma, which was part of the reason why the coaching vacancy appealed to him.
“I know some of the administration here and they’re good guys,” he said. “I’ve actually worked with Bill Messerole previously, and I actually know coach McNutt from several years ago, too. I just have always thought highly of Creston.”
Douma hopes to bring an exciting brand of basketball to Creston.
“I like to get up and down as much as possible, if the personnel is there,” he said. “I like to shoot a lot of threes. Just being aggressive and playing together, working together on both the offensive and the defensive end of the floor. Just try to play an exciting brand of basketball that hopefully everybody enjoys.”
The Douma name may sound familiar to fans of Creston basketball.
His younger brother, Craig, is the head men’s basketball coach at Central College, where he coached former Panther players Spencer Bakerink and Colby Taylor.
Basketball coaching runs in the Douma family.
“When I played in college a long time ago, I played for my father,” Douma said. “Basketball is kind of in our genes. Those were good times playing for dad.”
Douma played guard for Northwestern College in Orange City.
He’s excited to get to work with the Creston team.
“I think there’s a lot of potential here,” he said. “I know there’s fantastic girls to work with and I think it’s really something we can keep building on and become one of the powers in the Hawkeye 10. You don’t know how much I’m looking forward to this.”