July 19 - Scott Van Dusseldorp has been hired as the new head coach at John Champe, the school announced via its athletic department Twitter handle this morning.
Previously an assistant for nine seasons at Heritage and Woodgrove, Van Dusseldorp inherits a Knights program that went 9-13 in former coach Michael Prince’s second season this spring. Prince did not have his contract renewed by the school’s athletics director, Joe Breinig, in an outster that has since escalated to a legal matter.
“I’m excited to get things underway,” Van Dusseldorp said when reached earlier today. “I think Champe is a good spot for me, I live here in the community and look forward to getting everyone to buy in and get the program moving forward.”
In Van Dusseldorp, the Knights are getting a veteran in Loudoun County baseball circles. The 31-year-old graduated from Heritage in 2006 before moving on to play at Shenandoah University. He returned to coach as an assistant with the Pride from 2011-14, then again in 2018-19 after spending three seasons as an assistant at Woodgrove. He has also coached on the travel circuit with the Diamond Elite program.
Van Dusseldorp, who is a physical education teacher at Heritage, received his master’s degree in coaching from West Virginia University. He resides in Aldie not far from the school.
“I’m looking forward to building on the previous year’s progress,” the coach said. “Hopefully we can hit the ground running.”
The hiring leaves current area vacancies at Herndon, Riverbend, Stone Bridge and West Potomac. Herndon has made a hire pending approval from Fairfax County Public Schools, with an official announcement expected next week.
Photo of Scott Van Dusseldorp by Michael Ferrara