Sydney Van Der Merwe was announced as MSU's next assistant field hockey coach on July 16, 2013.
A native of South Africa, Van Der Merwe comes to Missouri State after spending four years coaching field hockey at the high school level. He headed up the Hathaway Brown School Blazers program in Shaker Heights, Ohio from 2008-2012 and compiled a stellar 61-11-4 record during that time.
The Blazers earned four final four appearances, a state runner-up placement and a state title in his four seasons, and Van Der Merwe picked up Coach of the Year honors after leading his squad to a 16-2-1 season in 2010.
Prior to taking the head coach position at Hathaway Brown, Van Der Merwe compiled a wealth of athletic coaching and administrative experience. He was assistant field hockey coach from 2007-2008 at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.
From 2004-2007, Van Der Merwe served as high performance director and assistant athletics director at Krugersdrop High School in his native South Africa. Prior to that, he was a hockey coach with Hockey Wales, the governing body of the sport in Cardiff, United Kingdom.
Van Der Merwe started his coaching career from 2000-2002 as field hockey and cricket coach at St. Leonard's School in Brighton, Australia. In 2004, he graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University in Cardiff, Wales with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in sport and physical education.