Coach Van Wieren Leaves Rich Legacy
The career of Glenn Van Wieren in photos
Career highlights of Glenn Van Wieren
Celebrating the Career of Coach Glenn Van Wieren (12/4/10)
Alltime Hope men's basketball coaches
College basketball thrived under the leadership of Glenn Van Wieren who
over a 33-year coaching career developed one of the nation's most highly
respected NCAA Division III
programs. Coach Van Wieren retired at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season.
A product of the Hope basketball
program himself, Van Wieren guided the Flying
Dutchmen to a record 17 Michigan Intercollegiate
Athletic Association (MIAA) championships and appearances
in 21 NCAA Division III post-season tournaments.
The Flying Dutchmen advanced to the sweet sixteen
six times, to the elite eight four times and the final four three times.
Hope finished second in the nation twice (1996 and 1998) and was third
In his final season (2009-10), Flying Dutchmen
posted a school-record
31st consecutive winning campaign.
On January 12, 2008, Van Wieren became just the sixth coach
in NCAA Division III men's basketball history to achieve 600 victories.
600 victories faster than any other Division III coach
(801st game) in history. The previous
mark was by Glenn Robinson of Franklin & Marshall who won number 600 in his
821st game. Van Wieren's career record was a sterling 660-219 (75% winning
Van Wieren coached two teams
-- 1983-84 and 1994-95 -- through unbeaten regular
season campaigns. He
ended his career ranked the fifth winningest coach in
NCAA Division III history,
both in victories and winning percentage.
In 2006 Van Wieren was honored by the Grand Rapids Sports
Hall of Fame with the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award. He was
inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Basketball Coaches Association
of Michigan in 2003.
The basketball court in the DeVos Fieldhouse
on Hope's campus is named in honor of coach Van
Wieren, his coaching mentor Russ DeVette and
their wives, Jacquelyn (Jackie) and Doris.
The publication Basketball Times twice named Van Wieren its
Division III national coach of the year, first in
1995 and again in 2008.
He was also voted the
1995 Michigan college basketball coach-of-the-year
by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
Van Wieren stands as one of the outstanding
athletes in the history of Hope College. A 1964 graduate,
he earned 11 letters during his four years at Hope
and on four occasions was awarded all-conference
honors by the MIAA. He was a four-year letterman
in both basketball and baseball and a letterwinner
in cross country three seasons. He ranks among the
top scorers in Hope basketball history.
While at Hope, Van Wieren also
coached baseball, cross country and soccer. He is
among the winningest coaches in America's oldest collegiate conference
with a total of
19 MIAA championships. In addition to 17 titles
in basketball, he coached conference champions in baseball
He held the academic rank of Professor of Kinesiology at the college. Prior to joining the Hope faculty
he taught and coached at Grand Haven (Mich.) High
School. He holds the M.A. degree from Western Michigan
University and the Ed.D. degree from Brigham Young
University. He has been active in Young Life and is a member
of Christ Memorial Church in Holland. He served as a member
of the board of directors of the Basketball Coaches
Association of Michigan.
His wife Jacquelyn (Nyboer) is a
1967 Hope College graduate. The Van Wierens have
four daughters, Gretel, Heidi, Kuria and Rebekah,
and eight grandchildren.
Milestone Games Under Coach Van Wieren
Victory #1 - at Hope 87, Concordia, Ill. 53, 12-3-77
(Also his 1st game as coach)
Victory #100 - at Hope 96, Concordia, Mich. 62, 2-4-84 (150th game)
Victory #200 - Hope 82, at Olivet 79 (ot), 2-15-89 (282nd game)
Victory #300 - at Hope 83, Kalamazoo 71, 1-29-94 (403rd game)
Victory #400 - at Hope 96, Alma 78, 1-21-98 (523rd game)
Victory #500 - Hope 61, at Albion 48, 3-1-03 (672nd game)
Victory #600 - Hope 80, at Olivet 71, 1-12-08
(801st game; fastest in DIII history)
Final Victory (#660) - Hope 78, Calvin 74, 2-27-10
First Game Coached - at Hope 87, Concordia, Ill. 53, 12-3-77
First Win in MIAA - Hope 81, at Olivet 67, 1-18-78
First Win vs. Calvin - at Hope 65, Calvin 57, 2-6-80
Clinched First MIAA Title - at Hope 85, Albion 82,2-24-82
First NCAA Tournament Win - at Hope 77, Wittenberg 60, 3-5-82
Became Winningest Hope Coach (#324) - Hope 95, at Kalamazoo 84, 1-28-95
First NCAA Final Four Appearance - Hope 76, Franklin & Marshall 57, 3-15-96
First National Championship Game - Rowan 100, Hope 93, 3-16-96
Second NCAA Final Four Appearance - Hope 81, Wilkes, Pa. 61, 3-20-98
Second National Championship Game - Wisc.-Platteville 69, Hope 56, 3-21-98
Last Holland Civic Center Game - Hope 90, Alma 77, 2-23-05
First DeVos Fieldhouse Game - at Hope 70, Elmhurst 53, 11-19-05
Third NCAA Final Four Appearance - Washington, Mo. 89, Hope 74 / Hope 100, Ursinus, Pa. 86, 3-21/22-08
Earned Twentieth Trip to NCAA Tournament - Hope 69, Calvin 59, 2/28/09
Final Victory (#660) - Hope 78, Calvin 74, 2-27-10
Final Game (#879) - St. Norbert, Wisc. 72, Hope 65, NCAA Tournament, 3/5/10