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Dutch Academies Technical Coordinator
As a player, Nijhoff played 9 years in the Dutch major League. After getting his degree in Physical Education, he got heavily involved with coaching at various levels in various capacities. From softball to baseball, in schools, camps, clinics, Nijhoff has gathered a lot of experience in his career. He became a pitching instructor at Unicorns baseball academy in Rotterdam in 2005 and was a co-founder of the Bixie Baseball Academy in 2006.
He took the Head Coach job at PSV Eindhoven in the Overgangsklasse from 2008 to 2010 before becoming the technical coordinator for all Dutch academies. Since 2010, he started to work in adding a stri,ng to his bow, with some classes in motor learning and performance. A field in which he worked with Frans Bosch, in order revamp the training methods in the Netherlands.
It certainly paid off as the forward-thinking Dutchman has seen 8 players signed to pro contracts and 14 more who went out to play college ball in the US since taking over at the helm of the academy development system. Nijhoff is also the coordinator of all Dutch youth national teams and the pitching coach of the AAA team.