David Vandercook

David Vandercook

Vandercook is a versatile contributor on Columbia baseball, helping lead them to two Ivy League championships and being selected as All-Ivy First Team each of his three seasons as part of Light Blue.

He also boasts an extensive background in choral writing, having published over 120 works. These have been performed and toured around the globe and earned him considerable respect among choral conductors and educators.

Early Life and Education

David is an impressive graduate of Westmont College who has led an exciting and varied career teaching music at high schools, middle schools and even elementary levels.

As well as his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Hoffer is also an active participant in the local education community. He has served in multiple roles such as President and Chief Negotiator for Haslett Union; Secretary and Chairperson of Ingham Clinton Education Association as well as several other organizations.

He is an accomplished author with several books to his credit. Additionally, he has published scientific and technical papers ranging from music to architecture, technology and religion; his most recent book “The Big Picture” focused on how people interact with their environment.

Professional Career

David Vandercook attended Columbia University where he excelled as a three-year starter at third base. During this period he helped lead Columbia to three consecutive Ivy League championships (2013-15) while being recognized on its All-Ivy First Team every season.

At present, he serves as an assistant coach with Manhattan baseball, helping develop both hitters and infielders. For the past four years he has led their offense and been integral in building their record each time around.

David is a legal representative for both public and private companies, having successfully resolved many legal disputes in both state and federal courts. Additionally, he often serves as arbitrator or mediator in cases involving construction disputes, insurance coverage issues or personal injury claims.

Achievement and Honors

Vandercook earned All-Ivy League third baseman honors at Columbia University during three consecutive Ivy League championships and an NCAA Tournament bid, graduating 2015 with a degree in history and earning All-Ivy first team status his senior season.

Vandercook also made his mark as part of Mike Leonard’s coaching staff at Middlebury College for two seasons where his Panthers achieved second most wins ever and placed second overall in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

Vandercook also serves as pastor at Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church in Maumelle, Arkansas where his wife and four children attend services each Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. His responsibilities include leading services, overseeing youth ministries and worship services coordination while acting as liaison between various churches and agencies within Maumelle community.

Personal Life

Vandercook earned All-Ivy League first team honors during each of his last two seasons as third baseman with Columbia, winning conference championships on three separate occasions during that time.

Vandercook serves on Dartmouth baseball coaching staff and oversees infielders and assists hitters. He joined Dartmouth following two seasons at Middlebury College under Mike Leonard as an assistant coach.

He served as head coach of the Scorpions South high school travel team based out of Palm Beach, Florida and also holds membership in both Georgia Music Educators Association and American String Teachers Association. A native of Del Ray Beach Florida himself, he attended West Boca High School.

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