VAN ZEE LEAVES EARLHAM
October 7, 2013Earlham College Broadcast Sports
RICHMOND, Ind. — Earlham College tennis coach Adam Van Zee has accepted a position
at his alma mater, Wabash College.
In his fifth year at Earlham, Van Zee officially leaves today to become the
Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Wabash.
"I am excited for Adam and this new career path," said Earlham Director of Athletics
Mike Bergum. "His responsibilities include visiting with current alumni and
discussing their annual giving. He will also be in charge of three reunion classes
and the events that correspond with them."
"Adam's success within his tennis program will transfer into a successful career at
Wabash and beyond," Bergum added. "I am excited for him as he begins a new stage of
Van Zee led the Earlham men's team to three consecutive Heartland Collegiate
Athletic Conference regular season titles, tournament championships and NCAA
appearances from 2011-13.
"Leaving Earlham is bittersweet," the 2007 Wabash graduate said. "While I am
extremely excited for my new opportunity at my alma mater, Earlham holds a special
place in my heart."
"They took a chance on a 24-year old kid five and a half years ago," Van Zee added.
"Not many places would have given me a chance. This is all I have ever known and I
hope that the tennis program can stay at the level that it has been over the last
couple of years. The position at Wabash is one that I feel is necessary for me to
take in pursuit of my own career goals beyond the next five years."
A three-time HCAC Coach of the Year for the men, Van Zee led Earlham to a 55-8
record overall with a 26-1 regular season record in the HCAC. The Quakers also won
31 straight matches against conference opponents, which includes tourney contests.
On the women's side in 2010, Earlham had a one member on the All-HCAC First Team and
another on the honorable mention list. In 2011, the Quakers were able to repeat that
performance. Earlham a pair of All-HCAC First Team performers in 2012.
A timetable for a permanent replacement for Van Zee has not been established.