Coach VanMoerkerke (pronounced Vanmorekirk) started his coaching career as a high school coach in 1992. He would add university coaching experience to his resume in the fall of 1999 when he assisted coaching the linebackers and running the defensive scout team.
In 2000, he became the linebacker coach, then the defensive play caller in 2003 and finally the defensive coordinator in 2004. When Ron was promoted to the coordinator’s role he stopped coaching high school football. Coach VanMoerkerke will now be entering his 17th year as a defensive coordinator and he is now the longest serving defensive coordinator in USports.
During this time he has coached defensive backs, linebackers and defensive line and he is one of the few defensive coordinators in the OUA to coach a positon group (the defensive line). After the 2010 season Ron added the role of Associate Head Coach. During his time as the defensive coordinator Laurier football has built a reputation of being an excellent defensive football team. Numerous times during the past 15 years Laurier defensive teams have been first or near the top in OUA and in U Sports defensive categories.
For example, in 2016 the Laurier defense lead the nation in sacks, turnovers and defensive touchdowns. Coach VanMoerkerke has helped to develop four OUA defensive MVPs and one Outstanding Lineman award for one of his defensive lineman. In addition, Coach VanMoerkerke has coached 40 first team defensive OUA all stars and 33 second team all stars, 23 All Canadians and 4 first round draft picks in the CFL.
Coach VanMoerkerke has loved his time at Laurier because it has allowed him to teach and coach the great game of football. Ron was born and raised in Tillsonburg, Ontario and attended Wilfrid Laurier University from 1986 to 1990. Ron was a part of the Yates Cup championship team of 1987, the recipient of Luke Fusco Athletic and Academic achievement award in 1988, and a first team OUA linebacker in 1989 and he was selected the team MVP in 1989.
Currently, Ron resides in West Montrose, Ontario with his wife Karen and their two children, Grace and Austin