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Northwestern AD Barry Brandt Steps Down

Barry Brandt is retiring after 14 years as Northwestern's Athletic Director. Barry Brandt is retiring after 14 years as Northwestern's Athletic Director.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - He calls it a dream job. But after 14 years, Barry Brandt is stepping down as the athletic director at Northwestern College.  Taking over the role is NAIA Hall-of-Famer Dr. Earl Woudstra.

Brandt had a simple message during the announcement on Tuesday.

"It's the people that make your experience at college" Barry Brandt said.  "That has truly been the case for me."

And, for many others.

"I think perhaps no greater legacy any leader leaves is the people they hire and leave behind," Northwestern College President Greg Christy said.  "I could not be more pleased with the group of coaches we have assembled, to lead our programs here at Northwestern College. Barry has hired every one of our head coaches."

"Barry has the gift of encouragement," Dr. Earl Woudstra added.  "He has encouraged me in the work that I've done, as a coach and in the role that we've shared."

"He's always a joyful person going up and down the halls," Volleyball Head Coach Kyle Van Den Bosch said.  "He always had a smile on his face."

"He was a man of integrity," Football Head Coach Kyle Achterhoff continued.  "You can believe what you hear from him."

Now, Brandt is looking forward to his next journey with his wife, Laura.

"For 47 years now you're life has been primarily been centered around my schedule. That's commitment.  I'm really excited about what God's got in store for Laura and I, in the time coming ahead."

Brandt will continue to work in the athletic department to help with the transition period.  Dr. Woudstra will take over on June 1 of this year.  Brandt will serve in an associate role until retiring in May of 2015.

Dr. Woudstra has served as an assistant athletic director since 2004.

Brandt was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference A-D of the Year back in 2007.

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