Coaches of Distinction

Winningest MIAA Coaches

(through spring 2015)

MOST CHAMPIONSHIPS

36 * Brian Diemer, Calvin College, 1986 thru 2014 (28 in men's cross country; 8 in women's cross country)
35    George Acker, Kalamazoo College, 1959 thru 1993 (all in men's tennis)
31 * John Patnott, Hope College, 1980 thru 2014 (19 in women's swimming, 12 in men's swimming)
28 Tish Loveless, Kalamazoo College, 1953 thru 1986 (23 in women's tennis, 1 in field hockey, 4 in archery)
27 Chester Barnard, Kalamazoo College, 1926 thru 1939 (7 in men's track, 6 in men's basketball, 5 in men's cross country, 3 in indoor track, 4 in football, 1 in baseball, 1 in men's golf)
27 Bob Kent, Kalamazoo College, 1972 thru 2003 (25 in men's swimming, 2 in men's golf)
24 David Tuuk, Calvin College, 1958 thru 1984 (13 in men's cross country, 11 in men's track)
23 Allen B. Stowe, Kalamazoo College, 1931 thru 1956 (21 in men's tennis; 2 in women's tennis)
23 Dale Sprankel, Albion College, 1931 thru 1957 (10 in men's cross country, 2 in football, 6 in men's track, 5 in indoor track)
21 Gary Morrison, Olivet College, 1971 thru 2009 (17 in men's golf, 3 in men's basketball, 1 in baseball)
20 Ralph Honderd, Calvin College, 1971 thru 2001 (6 in men's basketball, 12 in men's track, 2 in women's track)
20 Karla Wolters, Calvin College, 1979 thru 1987 (7 in softball, 7 in volleyball, 1 in women's basketball); Hope College, 1988 thru 2010 (4 in softball, 1 in volleyball)
20 Jong-II Kim, Calvin College, 1998 thru 2009 (12 in men's track, 8 in women's track)
19 Nancy Meyer, Calvin College, 1981 thru 2005 (17 in women's cross country, 2 in women's tennis)
19 Glenn Van Wieren, Hope College, 1967 thru 2010 (17 in men's basketball, 1 in men's soccer, 1 in baseball)
18 Ralph Young, Kalamazoo College, 1916 thru 1923 (8 in men's basketball, 4 in men's track, 3 in baseball, 2 in football, 1 in men's cross country)
17 Bill Vanderbilt, Hope College, 1971 thru 1987 (14 in men's cross country, 3 in women's cross country)
17 Marv Zuidema, Calvin College, 1970 thru 1997 (14 in soccer, 3 in baseball)
17 Gregg Afman, Hope College, 1980 thru 1983 (2 in men's soccer); Calvin College, 1990 thru 1999 (10 in women's track, 5 in women's basketball)
15 Russ DeVette, Hope College, 1953 thru 1987 (9 in men's basketball, 2 in football, 2 in women's track, 2 in baseball)
15 * Dan Gelderloos, Calvin College, 1996 thru 2015 (13 in women's swimming, 2 in men's swimming) 
13 Royal Campbell, Alma College, 1922 thru 1935 (6 in football, 4 in men's basketball, 3 in baseball)
13 Timon Corwin, Kalamazoo College, 1994 thru 2006 (13 in men's tennis)
13 * Dennis Griffin, Alma College, 1989 thru 2015 (13 in softball)
12 Hardy Fuchs, Kalamazoo College, 1970 thru 2002 (12 in men's soccer)
12 * Brian Morehouse, Hope College, 1996 thru 2015 (12 in women's basketball)
12 * Bob Ebels, Hope College, 1991 thru 2014 (12 in men's golf)
11 Morley Fraser, Albion College, 1958 thru 1972 (6 in baseball, 5 in football)
11 Frank Joranko, Albion College, 1973 thru 1995 (9 in baseball, 2 in football)

* Active Coach

MIAA Coaches of the Year

Since 2002-03, the MIAA has allowed individual sports the option of selecting a coach of the year. The practice was discontinued in 2007-08.

Women's Soccer
2002 - Rick Gutierrez, Adrian
2003 - Lindsey Engelsman, Hope
2004 - Stuart Dixon, Kalamazoo
2005 - Mark Recker, Calvin and Caryn MacKenzie, Saint Mary's
2006 - Mark Recker, Calvin

Women's Basketball
2003 - Brian Morehouse, Hope
2004 - John Ross, Calvin
2005 - Doreen Belkowski, Albion and Brian Morehouse, Hope
2006 - Steve Bender, Saint Mary's

Softball
2003 - Olivet College Staff
2004 - Saint Mary's Staff
2005 - Olivet and Calvin Staffs
2006 - Hope Staff

Volleyball
2003 - Steve Humm, Alma
2004 - Steve Humm, Alma
2005 - Becky Schmidt, Hope
2006 - Amber Warners, Calvin