Equipment Manager Gordon VanderYacht to Retire

Equipment manager Gordon VanderYacht’s diligent and detailed behind-the-scenes efforts helped Hope College Athletics look and feel its best every day, whether practicing or competing, rain or shine, fall, winter and spring. Since 1988, VanderYacht handled all of the athletic laundry and equipment needs for Hope’s 22 varsity teams, each with its own specific requirements and […]

Hope Athletics Podcast: Brian Morehouse, Women’s Basketball

Brian Morehouse is reminded to be grateful every time he steps on the basketball court at DeVos Fieldhouse. Hope College women’s basketball coach is surrounded by greatness that extends well beyond the court where his nationally renowned team practices and plays. “I am around incredible women every single day,” Morehouse said during the latest episode […]

Hope Athletics Podcast: Greg Mitchell, Men’s Basketball

Greg Mitchell’s love of basketball and family courses through him now just like they did when he was a child. Amid challenging times, the Hope College men’s basketball coach is leaning on both passions to keep his spirits high. This year, Mitchell is enjoying being back together and practicing with his Flying Dutchmen basketball team, […]

Hope Athletics Podcast: Jake Taber, Swimming and Diving

Jake Taber ‘04 is guiding the Hope College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams through uncharted waters right now with determination, flexibility and a smile. Despite this fall’s unprecedented, COVID-19 impacted semester, he wants a similar transformational experience for his student-athletes that he enjoyed at his alma mater. Taber, who’s in his third season […]

Student-Athletes Aid Effort to Stop Youth Hunger in West Michigan

An appetite for stopping youth hunger in West Michigan galvanized Hope College student-athletes this semester. Led by the Athletes Coming Together/Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (ACT/SAAC), Hope’s 22 varsity teams combined to raise more than $3,200 in donations for Hand2Hand.  Based in Hudsonville, Michigan, Hand2Hand provides food for youth and children facing weekend hunger in West Michigan. […]

Hope Athletics Podcast: Greg Stafford, Women’s Golf

Greg Stafford is grateful to still enjoy his calling even in retirement. Being the Hope College women’s golf coach means the world to him. In this episode of the Hope Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast, Stafford tells sports information director Alan Babbitt about why he relishes coaching the Flying Dutch golfers.  Stafford also shares how […]

Fall Student-Athletes Discuss Leadership and Gratitude amid COVID-19, Part II

Five Hope College fall student-athletes shared their insights into a semester and a season disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and how they have tried to display leadership and show gratitude during trying times. In Part 1, the team co-captains answered the following question focused on leadership: “How have you helped lead your team this fall […]

Fall Student-Athletes Discuss Leadership and Gratitude Amid COVID-19, Part I

Five Hope College fall student-athletes shared their insights into a semester and a season disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and how they have tried to display leadership and show gratitude during trying times. In Part 1, the team co-captains answered the following question focused on leadership: “How have you helped lead your team this fall […]

Hope Athletics Podcast: Peter Stuursma, Football

Peter Stuursma is Hope College’s energetic, enthusiastic, caring, and successful football coach. Yet it’s not the only role he relishes. He also is a loving husband and father of three. This year, for the first time, two of his children share the Hope College campus with him. His daughter, Hannah, is a junior. His son, […]

Hope Athletics Podcast: Mark Northuis, Cross Country

Mark Northuis has covered his share of miles over a distinguished academic and cross country career at Hope College. He has excelled as a student-athlete, coach, and professor. Northuis, of course, loves to run. He also loves the place where he has been able to develop all three phases of his life and help others […]