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Interviews and discussions with Hope College coaches and student athletes

Interviews and discussions with Hope College coaches and student athletes


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Interviews and discussions with Hope College coaches and student athletes






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 discuss his baseball roots and the unique 2021 baseball season for the Flying Dutchmen. Head baseball coach and associate professor of kinesiology Stu Fritz Fritz and his team...


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 6. Earlier this month, VandeHoef joined the Hope Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast to discuss how she and her team managed the past year that's been disrupted by the COVID-19...


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. Men's lacrosse head coach Michael Schanhals "I thought, 'That's weird?' It's a total coincidence that I was even in the vicinity," Schanhals said on the Hope Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast. "It...


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. Keagan Pontious, head women's lacrosse coach and equipment manager. “That’s been the hardest part actually,” Pontious said on the Hope Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast. “The reason is that the...


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 pair of home matches. It has been nearly a year since either the Flying Dutchmen or the Flying Dutch had matches because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cawood's fourth season as...


Football Coach Peter Stuursma and Senior Joey Stark: Hope Athletics Podcast:

Hope College football coach Peter Stuursma and senior quarterback Joey Stark discuss on the Orange and Blue Hope Athletics Podcast this week's decision that the program will focus on preparing for the Fall 2021 season and will not participate in MIAA league play this spring. Ray and Sue Smith Stadium The Flying Dutchmen instead will follow a phased-in offseason training program this spring that includes strength and conditioning work, four to five weeks of practice, and the potential for...


Track and Field Coach Kevin Cole: Hope Athletics Podcast:

Track and field head coach Kevin Cole ‘88 enjoyed the opportunity to see a small group of his Hope College student-athletes compete indoors last weekend. In the first athletic event of the school year, 25 from Cole’s men's and women's teams went to Grand Valley State University for a three-time meet on Saturday, January 16. It was a different setting for sure — a limited number of Hope entries, no spectators, and just two other teams in the field. Yet, it was thrilling, too. On the Hope...


Director of Athletics Tim Schoonveld: Hope Athletics Podcast:

As Hope College approaches the start of a new semester and the tipoff of its first athletic event in 10 months, Director of Athletics Tim Schoonveld ‘96 is busy juggling a multitude of important tasks. Despite the uncertainty and challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, he’s working tirelessly to not only give Hope student-athletes the opportunity to compete again, but also safely. It’s a labor of love for a beloved place. DIrector of Athletics Tim Schoonveld On this episode of the...


Women’s Basketball Coach Brian Morehouse: Hope Athletics Podcast

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 of the Hope Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast. "These are real people who happen to play basketball in front of a sold-out arena at the Devos...


Men’s Basketball Coach Greg Mitchell: Hope Athletics Podcast

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, even though they will play games remains uncertain. He also relishes his new role as a grandpa. Clayton Dykhouse, left, and Greg Mitchell chat during a game...


Swim/Dive Coach Jake Taber: Hope Athletics Podcast

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 as head coach, chatted with sports information director Alan Babbitt this week on the Hope Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast....


Women’s Golf Coach: Greg Stafford: Hope Athletics Podcast

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. Head women's golf coach Greg Stafford Stafford also shares how his Hope College coaching career started and how he and his team approached a unique fall golf season. “I just like...


Football Coach Peter Stuursma: Hope Athletics Podcast

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, Robbie, is a freshman who is a member of the Flying Dutchmen baseball team. In this week’s Hope Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast, Stuursma talks with sports information...


Cross Country Coach Mark Northuis: Hope Athletics Podcast

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 do the same. Hope College cross country coach Mark Northuis Northuis talked about his affinity for Hope College as a guest on the Hope Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast. "I go back...


Women’s Soccer Coach Leigh Sears: Hope Athletics Podcast

Leigh Sears chose to treat this fall for the Hope College women’s soccer team the same as previous seasons, even though so much is different. The Flying Dutch practice every afternoon, following guidelines from the NCAA and Ottawa County Department of Health. The Saturdays that previously featured game days now have team workouts and special team activities. In the latest Hope Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast, Sears talks with sports information director Alan Babbitt about her approach to...


Strength and Conditioning Coach Dan Margritz: Hope Athletics Podcast

Dan Margritz, Hope College strength and conditioning coach Last Friday, Dan Margritz woke up at 3:45 a.m. and ate chicken enchilada lasagna for breakfast. He headed over to Hope College, then put in about 30,000 steps as strength and conditioning coach, or about 15 miles, before the day ended. Life as a strength and conditioning coach is, without a question, different. Margritz, however, loves every busy second of his day. He fuels himself so that he can train Hope College student-athletes,...


Men’s Golf Coach Scott Lokers: Hope Athletics Podcast

Scott Lokers smiles as he walks on the golf course at Wuskowhan Players Club. Lynne Powe/Hope College Head coach Scott Lokers shares his insights on the Hope College men’s golf team in this week’s edition of the Hope Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast with sports information director Alan Babbitt. Lokers is in his fourth season leading the Flying Dutchmen on the links. He has guided Hope to two NCAA Division III Championship appearances and two Top-10 finishes at nationals during his tenure....


Men’s Soccer Coach Dave Brandt: Hope Athletics Podcast

Hope College men's soccer coach Dave Brandt, left, talks with his team during practice at Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Head coach Dave Brandt offers an update on his Hope College men's soccer team in the latest edition of the Hope College Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast. Brandt is in his third year leading the Flying Dutchmen. He guided Hope to a 14-6-1 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance last season. The Flying Dutchmen are busy training this fall and determined to make the most of the...


Volleyball Coach Becky Schmidt: Hope Athletics Podcast

Head coach Becky Schmidt is leading her Hope College volleyball team during unprecedented times right now. In the inaugural Hope College Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast, the Flying Dutch’s leader chats with sports information director Alan Babbitt after her team’s first week of practice outdoors. With fall competition postponed until the spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hope is training on the sand courts at the City of Holland’s Matt Urban Park three days a week. One hour at a...