Women's basketball

Chris Yaw Head Coach

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Chris Yaw

Head Coach

Kristen Lee

Assistant Coach

Gary Richardson

Assistant Coach

Mallory Groskreutz

Assistant Coach
Junior Varsity

Named head coach in the spring of 2011, Chris Yaw is in his sixth season as the head of the Northwestern College women's basketball program. Yaw owns an impressive 115-46 record over his past four seasons at NWC, good for a 71% winning percentage. 

Family: wife-Donette; children-Rylee, Mitchell and Claire.

Alma Mater: Northwestern College (1992)

Coaching Experience

2011-present-Head Coach at Northwestern College

2004-11-Assistant Coach at Northwestern College

2001-04-Head Coach at MOC-Floyd Valley High School

2000-Assistant Coach at Wayne State College

Team Accomplishments Under Yaw

3 trips to the NAIA Division II National Championship (2012-14)

3 trips to the NAIA Division II Quarterfinals (2012-14)

2 trips to the NAIA Division II Semifinals (2012-13)

1 NAIA Division II National Championship (2012)

1 GPAC Regular Season Championship (2014)

1 GPAC Postseason Championship (2014)

3 times finished ranked in the NAIA Division II Coaches' Top 5 (2012-14)

1 time finished as the NAIA's top-ranked team (2012)

4 times finished in the top five in the GPAC regular season (2012-15)

5 times in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll (2012-16)

Other Coaching Accomplishments:

Named the NAIA Phyllis Holmes Coach of the Year (2012)

10 players have earned All-American honors, including Kendra De Jong, the 2013 NAIA player of the year.

1 NAIA Player of the Year (2013)

2 GPAC Player of the Year (2012, 2013)

1 GPAC Freshman of the Year (2016)

ranks second in program history with 115 career wins

ranks second in program history with 71% win percentage

21 players named NAIA Scholar-Athlete

5 teams named NAIA Scholar Team (2012-16)

6 trips to the NAIA Division II National Tournament as top assistant

5 appearances in the NAIA Division II National Semifinals as top assistant

3 NAIA Division II National Championships as top assistant

named 2010 Red Raider Club Co-Coach of the Year

“My greatest goal for the program is that it continues to model and uphold the mission of Northwestern, creating women of great character who would be courageous and intentional about being women of faith,” said Yaw. “Another goal is for all of us to continue to pursue excellence in academics and in our relationships with each other. Finally, we seek for the basketball program to continue to compete at a high level—specifically, to compete well in the GPAC. Competing well in our conference is going to allow us to also compete well nationally.”

Yaw at Northwestern

Year GPAC Overall  
2015-16 10-12 15-14 T7th in GPAC
2014-15 11-9 17-12  
2013-14 16-4 29-5 NAIA Quarterfinals
2012-13 15-5 26-8 NAIA Semifinals
2011-12 16 - 4 28 - 7 NAIA National Champions
Total:  68-34 115-46