Born in 1956, Bert
Goedkoop was appointed as head coach of the
Dutch national team in 2001. His lineup then
went on to advance to the World League finals in
the Polish city of Katowice the same year,
finishing a creditable seventh.
In the 2002 edition of the World League Goedkoop,
working with some young additions to his side,
the Dutch position and again finished seventh.
Later in the year, Goedkoop's colorful Orange
Brigade went on to place ninth at the World
Championship in Argentina.
Despite the disappointment of not playing in the
2003 World Cup and 2004 World League, Goedkoop
was at his astute best leading his charges to
qualify for the Olympics at the qualification
tournament in Madrid in May.
Goedkoop began his coaching career at club level
in 1988, taking over the Martinus club. A
Belgium club Maaseik followed in 1990. In 1993,
he was named as head coach of the Dutch national
women's team and led the squad to victory at the
1995 European Championship. They also finished
in fifth place at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.