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Coach Chris Van Timmeren
Chris Van Timmeren has guided Hope's hockey fortunes for 13 years. The 2012-13 Flying Dutchmen posted a 28-6-1 overall record. Van Timmeren has led Hope to 12 consecutive winning seasons, and has an overall record of 301-89-12 for a winning percentage of 77% as head coach.
Since becoming head coach, Van Timmeren has taken the Flying Dutchmen to the DIII National Tournament in all 12 years that they have been eligible since joining the division. The twelve-year streak is the longest in Division III. Hope has also won four MCHC tournament (02-03, 03-04, 06-07, 07-08) championships and five MCHC regular season titles (04-05, 07-08, 09-10, 10-11, 11-12) championships. Chris has been voted MCHC Coach of the Year five times (04-05, 060-07, 09-10, 10-11, 11-12). He was also the American Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year in 2006-2007 and 2007-08. Hope’s team has a 96% graduation rate since he took over.
Chris was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich. where he played hockey at Grand Rapids Christian High School. He is a Hope College alumnus, and was integral in starting Hope's hockey team as a student. He played two seasons before graduating with a degree in geology. Chris began coaching as an assistant during the 1999-2000 season. He lives in Holland, Mich. and works in sales. He is assisted by his younger brother, Scott Van Timmeren. His father, Dr. Bob Van Timmeren, is the team physician.
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