The Dew Crew
Men's Basketball Attendance on Top of DIII Again
For the seventh straight year, Hope College has led all NCAA Division III men's basketball programs in home attendance.
This is the 11th time in school history that Hope has been the men's basketball attendance leader. The 2008-09 Flying Dutchmen averaged 2,696 fans per game over 16 home dates. Rival Calvin, playing in its new Van Noord Arena, finished second with an average of 2,553 fans over 13 home dates.
The Flying Dutchmen posted a 14-2 home floor record. In four seasons at DeVos Fieldhouse, Hope has posted a 62-4 record.
The Flying Dutchmen, coached by Glenn Van Wieren, finished second in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), competed in the NCAA Division III tournament and posted a 21-8 overall record.
Other years when Hope led the nation in men's attendance were 1984, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.
Hope and Calvin helped the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) to top all Division III conferences in home attendance for the 18th consecutive year with an average of 1,059 fans per game.
The average home attendance for Division III men's teams in 2008-09 was 434 fans.
Hope also topped Division III women's basketball programs in home attendance in 2008-09 with an average of 1,269 fans over 17 home dates.
NCAA III Men's Basketball All-time Attendance Champions: 1977, Scranton; 1978, Calvin; 1979, Savannah State; 1980, Savannah State; 1981, Potsdam State; 1982, Wisconsin-Stevens Point; 1983, Augustana (IL); 1984, Hope; 1985,
Wisconsin-Stevens Point; 1986, Calvin; 1987, Concordia-Moorhead; 1988, Calvin;
1989, Calvin; 1990, Calvin; 1991, Hope; 1992, Calvin; 1993, Calvin; 1994,
Calvin; 1995, Calvin; 1996, Hope; 1997, Calvin; 1998, Illinois Wesleyan; 1999,
Hope; 2000, Calvin; 2001, Calvin; 2002, Calvin; 2003, Hope; 2004, Hope; 2005,
Hope; 2006, Hope; 2007, Hope; 2008, Hope; 2009, Hope.
Hope Tops DIII in Women's Basketball Attendance
The Hope women's basketball team led the nation in average home attendance among all NCAA Division III programs during the 2008-09 season.
It marks the second time since moving to DeVos Fieldhouse four years ago that the Flying Dutch have led the nation's 420 Division III women's basketball programs in home attendance. Coach Brian Morehouse's Dutch averaged 1,269 fans over 17 home dates.
Hope also hosted the NCAA Final Four, attracting an average of 1,686 fans over four games, but those didn't figure into Hope's season average since the Flying Dutch were not playing in them.
The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) ranked third among Division III conferences, averaging 422 fans over a cumulative 101 home dates. Rival Calvin ranked third with an average of 1,055 fans at its new Van Noord Fieldhouse. Hope and Calvin accounted for two-thirds of the total attendance at MIAA member sites (31,061 of 46,367).
Division III members as a whole averaged 239 fans per home date (5,029 home games). Division I members as a whole averaged 1,612 fans per home date.
The Flying Dutch also led Division III in home attendance in 2005-06, their inuagural year at DeVos, averaging 1,329 fans per game game. In 2006-07 Hope ranked fourth with an average of 1,224 fans and in 2007-08 were second at 1,107.
The Flying Dutch, who posted an overall 28-2 record, were 17-0 on their home court. The season's largest crowd (2,575) watched the Flying Dutch defeat Saint Mary's to avenge their only MIAA loss of the season, 84-59 on January 31.
Hope's four-season record at DeVos Fieldhouse is 60-1. In 13 seasons under coach Morehouse the Flying Dutch are 173-20 (.896) on their home floor.
The Flying Dutch will enter the 2009-10 season with a home floor winning streak of 49 in-a-row. The season will begin on Nov. 17 with a home game against Madonna.
Assistant Coach Matt Neil is responsible for the beginning of the "Dew Crew," the Hope student cheering section who sits directly across the floor from the Hope bench. Started over a decade ago, the idea caught on and includes orange Mountain Dew crew T-shirts. Now more than 400 students cram into the section. "It's been contagious, generates and invigorates the students. These kids are connected to the players. They are with them in classes and in the dorms and now they huddle with them before the game," Neil said.
In addition to self-made, innovative cheers, responding to the college cheerleading team, making a ritual of placing three-point placards on the wall and providing halftime entertainment, the "Dew Crew" is a major element of the home games. A smaller contingent usually appears at away games.
Other colleges have contacted Hope inquiring as to the arrangement. High schools are also using ideas for their student section cheering. Neil struck on the idea while watching the University of Illinois "Orange Krush" unit during a basketball game. Neil's wife came up with the idea of "Dew Crew," Neil contacted local bottling company officals and the program was off and running. The Pepsi-Cola Corporation owns Mountain Dew. Students are charged a nominal fee for shirts.
Taken from "100 Years of Hope Basketball" by Randall P. Vande Water '52.
What is The Dew Crew?:
The Dew Crew is Hope College Basketball's exciting student section, which has been around for 11 years strong. The Dew Crew is known as Division III basketball's premiere student section, and has been featured numerous times in publications and even on ESPN's Greatest College Rivalries.
Why are you called The Dew Crew?:
We are graciously sponsored by Mountain Dew, a product of the PepsiCo Corporation. The 'Dew keeps up going strong throughout the long season.
How do I join/get tickets?
Any Hope College student can join The Dew Crew just by coming to a game and being willing to represent Hope College by being the loudest fans in all of college basketball. Certain games require a ticket entry, and those will be posted. For all other games, a valid student ID and your orange shirt or costume will do!
How do you get these orange shirts you speak of?
Offical Dew Crew t-shirts can be purchased for the low price of $3 at the DeVos Ticket Office located on the concourse of the DeVos Fieldhouse. Please bring your student ID. T-shirt sales after the first game will depend on availability
What are The Dew Crew chants/traditions?:
It would be impossible to describe them all here. However, for newcomers- please read this section to better understand exactly what you are getting yourself into.
- Player introductions: During Hope player introduction, a double clap followed by a single clap. For Opponent a circular arm motion with an emphatic 'who cares.' There is also a player/Dew Crew huddle.
- Game tip-off: A Dew Crew leader will shout 'Who's house?' and The Dew Crew will reply 'Our House.' Then the whole section will chant 'This is our house!' Followed by jumping up and down and shouting for the tip.
- In game cheers: "Here we go Dutchmen, here we go ," "Dutchmen 5X," "Dutchmen Defense," "D-D-D-Defense," Rowing: Some row on water, we row in our section. The Dew Crew sits down, places hands on the persons shoulders in front of you, and rows away!
- The Three Man: A appointed position to a freshmen student who celebrates each 3-point basket.
- The Sub Ref: Everyone sits down and 1 designated person with a referee jersey stays standing, while everyone points and yells 'Sub.'
- Free Throws: Hope: Silent, with spirit fingers. Opponent: "Left, Left, Left... RIGHT!" Opposing player foul out: The air lassoe with noise followed by 'See Ya' as the player sits down.Crew
- Code of Conduct: The Dew Crew is the most energetic student section, while being the classiest. We do not condone profanity, lewd gestures, or racial slurs of any kind. We condone loud cheering support for our team.
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