From the Athletic Director

Dear Friends and Family of Hope College Athletics, At our opening athletics coach/staff meeting this fall, new President Matthew A. Scogin ’02 spoke these words from Isaiah over our entire department:  “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:19 Those words, and President Scogin’s subsequent […]

Water for Learning and Life

In 2018, Hope student-athletes Megan Bigelow and Joey Dawson were demonstrating to communities in Ghana how a simple filter could turn filthy mop water into crystal-clear, drinkable water. One year later, they were assembling the filters themselves — just a small part of their internships at Sawyer Products, a company that makes water filtration systems […]

Full-Time, Year-Round, Hyphened-Identity Balancing Acts

Student-athletes Mitchel Achien’g (pronounced Me-Shell Aah-Ching) and Mason Opple embarked on much different paths to Hope College four years ago, but they’ve shared a lot in common since they arrived.  Both are great students, award-winning athletes, and even better people who have excelled on multiple teams over multiple seasons during their Hope careers. They perform […]

It’s Cool to be a Nurse, Bro!

A profound brotherhood has formed amongst five senior men graduating from the Hope nursing program this May. Not only have they supported each other in mastering the balance of being student-athletes on five different athletic teams, they’ve also embraced a future in a female-dominated field. Nick Bazany, Austin Kane, Blair McCormick, Trace Slancik and Logan […]

New-ish Coaches on the Block, Part 1

Part One One is well into his collegiate coaching career, the other is just starting out, but both have recently entered the Hope College head coaching ranks. No matter their age difference, head women’s lacrosse coach Keagan Pontious and head swimming and diving coach Jake Taber ’04 have a passion for leading and mentoring student-athletes […]

Playing Catch Up: Duy Dang ’91

Earning even one berth on Hope’s all-time single-season football leaderboards isn’t easy, much less three spots, but Duy Dang ’91 did it, and he’s the only one who crawled through barbed wire in a jailbreak to get there. (And that isn’t the half of it.) Back in 1987, Dang was a five-foot-eight, 130-pound freshman who […]

Finishing Lines: To Lesotho with Love

Before I begin, I have something to disclose right at the start of this “Finishing Lines” essay: I didn’t touch a basketball for all of summer 2019. Yes, basketball has been a huge part of my life since before I can even remember. I don’t think I’ve ever gone more than a few consecutive days […]

Athletes’ Journal: Mitchel Achien’g

From the outside looking in at my track and field season last year, it seemed like every measure of time and distance I ran or jumped was a great success. I was the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association indoor triple jump champion and 100m hurdles champion. I was voted the Most Valuable Indoor Field Athlete by […]