VanderLaan is in his first season on the SVSU coaching staff under former Newark bench boss Chris Ebright, who guided the Pilots to the inaugural PGCBL title in the summer of 2011. Previous to Saginaw Valley State University VanderLaan served for three years as pitching coach for St. Thomas High School in Houston, TX. During his time leading the St. Thomas arms, the staff accumulated an overall three season E.R.A. of 2.85, record of 80-21 (65-4 during the last two seasons), sent 11 pitchers on to pitch collegiately, and won a Texas state championship in 2017.
Additionally, after finishing baseball VanderLaan played two seasons of college football at Graceland University (NAIA) in Lamoni, IA under Coach Jeff Douglas.
He is from Houston, TX and is the only child of Ron and Giulia VanderLaan. His father Ron VanderLaan is from Coopersville, MI and attended Ferris State University.