Title IX at 50: Women’s Soccer Coach Leigh Sears

Editor’s Note: On June 23, 1972, a federal civil rights law was passed that prohibited sex-based discrimination in any educational institution that receives federal funding. Title IX also gave girls and women the equal opportunity to compete in sports across the country. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX’s passing next summer, Hope College […]

Title IX at 50: Hope Volleyball Coach Becky Schmidt ’99

Editor’s Note: On June 23, 1972, a federal civil rights law was passed that prohibited sex-based discrimination in any educational institution that receives federal funding. Title IX also gave girls and women the equal opportunity to compete in sports across the country. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX’s passing next summer, Hope College […]

Spring Student-Athletes Discuss Gratitude and Leadership, Part 2

Six Hope College student-athletes share what they have been focusing on during a spring season changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. They talk about how they have tried to display leadership and show gratitude during trying times. In Part 1, they answered the following question regarding leadership: “How have you helped lead your team this school […]

Spring Student-Athletes Discuss Gratitude and Leadership, Part 1

Six Hope College student-athletes share what they have been focusing on during a spring season changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. They talk about how they have tried to display leadership and show gratitude during trying times. In Part 1, they answered the following question regarding leadership: “How have you helped lead your team this school […]

Baseball Coach Stu Fritz: Hope Athletics Podcast

Baseball has been a central part of Stu Fritz’s life as long as he can remember. From family vacations to St. Louis Cardinals games growing up in Iowa to 28 seasons as Hope College’s baseball coach, he has loved the game. Prior to last weekend’s season-opening doubleheader, Fritz joined the Orange and Blue Podcast to […]

Softball Coach Mary VandeHoef: Hope Athletics Podcast

Head coach Mary VandeHoef is eager to lead her Hope College softball team on the field again. After 364 days since their last games, she is poised to get the chance to compete with the Flying Dutch this weekend. Hope opens the 2021 season with a non-league doubleheader at Hanover College (Indiana) on Saturday, March […]

Men’s Lacrosse Coach Michael Schanhals: Hope Athletics Podcast

All these years later, Michael Schanhals ’91, Hope College’s men’s lacrosse coach, still shakes his head about how his coaching career began. He recalls visiting a friend in his old dorm room at Hope College when a call for him there. He answered the phone — which hung on a wall, not in his hand. […]

Women’s Lacrosse Coach Keagan Pontious: Hope Athletics Podcast

For years, Keagan Pontious picked up a lacrosse stick and instinctively knew exactly what to do — at an elite level, too. Now, as coach of the Hope College women’s lacrosse team, the former NCAA Division II All-American is embracing the new challenge of sharing her wisdom with her student-athletes. “That’s been the hardest part […]

Tennis Coach Bob Cawood: Hope Athletics Podcast

Bob Cawood ’13 relishes the repetitive sound of a tennis ball being launched into play and then returned. He’s missing hearing it in a competitive setting at Hope College. Cawood is optimistic that will change this weekend when his Hope College men’s and women’s tennis teams are scheduled to begin the 2021 season with a […]

Winter Student-Athletes Discuss Leadership and Gratitude, Part 2

Six Hope College winter student-athletes shared their insights into a school year and a season impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They talked about how they have tried to display leadership and show gratitude during trying times. In Part 1, the team captains answered the following question regarding leadership: “How have you helped lead your team this […]