Downloaded PDF of Buys Athletics Complex
College athletes compete at a well maintained outdoor complex approximately
three blocks east of the campus. Pictured are stadiums for tennis, football, baeeball, softball, track & field and soccer. The property is known as the Ekdal J. Buys athletic complex.
The running track honors Gordon Brewer who was a member
physical education (now kinesiology)
faculty from 1956
to 1988, when he retired.
He joined the faculty as an assistant professor, was promoted to
associate professor in 1973 and was promoted to full professor in
1983. He chaired the department from 1980 to 1985.
For a 20-year period, from 1960 to 1980, he was Hope's athletic director,
directing all facets of Hope sports. His leadership spanned the
planning and construction of the Dow Health and Physical
Education Center, which opened in 1978.
Brewer coached the
men's track team throughout his
years on the faculty, finishing in the top half of the MIAA
in all but three seasons and winning the league championship six
times. He was also assistant football and basketball coach at Hope.
has published two books chronicling the history of Hope
College athletics, " ...But
How You Played the Game! A History of Intercollegiate Athletics at
Hope College " and "Journey of Hope: Names and Games Remembered".
In 2001 he was presented
the Hope for Humanity Award by the Alumni H-Club.
He also received a "Meritorious Service Award" from the
Hope College Alumni Association in 1996. The track was named
in his his honor in 1991.
Coach Brewer is
a 1948 Hope graduate, and also holds a master's degree from the University
of Michigan. He served with the Eighth Air Force in
the European Theatre of Operations during World War
II, and taught
in the Byron Center Public Schools and the Kelloggsville
Public Schools before joining the Hope faculty.
his wife Lorraine reside in Holland. They have four
children: Robert, Lawrence, Daniel and Susan.
Baseball and Softball Stadiums
See Boeve Baseball Stadium Photos
See Wolters Softball Stadium Photos
Beautiful baseball and softball facilities were added to the Buys Athletics Complex on the campus of Hope College in 2008.
The project included the installation of permanent stands for fans, a new press box and dugouts. Fans have an unobstructed view of the playing field.
The seating accommodates approximately 300 fans. The area has a patio suitable for tailgating.
The baseball field is named in honor of Ronald Boeve, Hope College class of 1953 and an assistant baseball coach for nearly a quarter of century, and his wife Sonya (Sunny). Read press release
The softball field is named in honor of Karla Hoesch Wolters, longtime Hope softball coach,
and her husband Tom. Both are graduates of the Hope College class of 1973. Read press
Van Andel Soccer Stadium
See Van Andel Soccer Stadium in Photos
The Van Andel Soccer Stadium opened in 2009. It serves the Hope College soccer program and Holland-area sports and recreation community. The project was made possible by a gift from from the David & Carol Van Andel Foundation. It is located east of the college's
DeVos Fieldhouse, along Fairbanks Ave. near 11th Street. The stadium accommodates an estimated 1,400 fans in stadium-style and bleacher seating. There are accompanying terrace areas for picnicking and tailgating. There is a concession stand, public restrooms, a first aid/training room, two full locker rooms for Hope's teams, a meeting room for visiting teams, ticket booth and a press box. The field surface is an artificial turf and there is stadium lighting for night contests.
Etheridge Tennis Complex
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The college's top-notch athletic facilities have been joined by the new Etheridge Outdoor Tennis Complex. Consisting of 12 courts, as well as an officials' shelter and elevated seating for spectators, the complex provides Hope athletes with a site to play home matches and is serving community tennis enthusiasts thru the Hope Tennis Academy.
The courts at the complex are named for Earle Vande Poel '35 and George Heeringa '36, doubles partners on the Hope tennis team in the 1930s, and made possible by a leadership gift from the Ted '72 and Barb '73 Etheridge family.
The new courts are located close to Hope's DeWitt Tennis Center which features six indoor courts. Construction of the new complex east of Holland Municipal Stadium was completed in June, 2012.