College - Northwest Nazarene
Mike Terpstra brings over 20 years of experience to the Thunder after working in various capacities at the college, junior college and high school levels, with additional experience in the NBA Development League and the CBA.
Terpstraís experience in the CBA came as an assistant coach/director of player development under former NBA veteran Joe Wolf with the Idaho Stampede during the 2005-06 season. The following season, Terpstra worked on a part-time basis with the coaching staff of the Colorado 14ers who would go on to win the Western Division championship before falling to the Dakota Wizards in the D-League championship.
Prior to his time with the Stampede and 14ers, Terpstra served as head coach at his alma mater, Northwest Nazarene University, in Nampa, Idaho during the 2004-05 season. While there, Terpstra accumulated a 17-10 record, which was the best record in school history at the Division II level. Terpstra also served as the head coach of California State Stanislaus from 2000-03, where he led the Warriors to a 41-39 record over his three year stint in Turlock. During a three-year stint as the head coach of Modesto Junior College from 1997-00, Terpstra compiled a 60-36 record, including a school record 27 wins during the 1999-00 season.
Before earning his Masters Degree in Sports Science from the University of Pacific in May 1996, Terpstra was responsible for the development of the teamís big men as an assistant coach for the Tigers menís basketball program form 1994-95. Terpstra started his coaching career with Ripon Christian High School, where he won three California state championships, two has a head coach (1992, 1994) and one as an assistant (1988).
Following his college playing career at Northwest Nazarene where he was team MVP in his junior and senior seasons, Terpstra played professionally in Turkey, England and Australia.