Dr. Chad Carlson

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology/JV Men's Basketball Coach
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Chad Carlson ’03 started at Hope in fall 2014. He is an assistant professor of kinesiology the head coach of the men's junior varsity basketball team.

He is also currently researching the history of intercollegiate basketball and writing a book on the creation and early years of college basketball post-season tournaments.

Areas of Expertise

Chad’s research is focused broadly on the socio-cultural aspects of sport. His areas of specialization and interest include the philosophy of sport, the history of sports and their role in cultural trends and the connection between sports and Christianity.


  • Ph.D., kinesiology and the history/philosophy of sport program, Penn State University, 2010
  • M.A., health, physical education and recreation, and pedagogy program, Western Michigan University, 2005
  • B.A., secondary education with social studies and physical education, Hope College, 2003

Honors, Grants, and Awards

  • Executive board member of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS)
  • Chaired the Information Technology committee of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH)
  • Co-strand leader for the Inaugural Global Conference on Sport and Christianity
  • Presented at IAPS, NASSH and NCAA’s Scholarly Colloquium


  • “The Greatest High School Basketball Game Ever: The Showdown of Wootten’s DeMatha vs. Alcindor’s Power in 1965,” DC Sports: A Century in Transition, 2015
  • “To Play or to Parent: An Analysis of the Adult-Child Interaction in Make-Believe Games,” The Philosophy of Play, 2013
  • “Exploring the Depths of Play: Recalibrating Metaphysical Descriptions and Reconceptualizing Sources of Value,” Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, Fall 2013
  • “The Reality of Fantasy Sports: A Metaphysical and Ethical Analysis,” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, October 2013
  • “A Tale of Two Tournaments: The Red Cross Games and the Early NCAA-NIT Relationship,” Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, December 2012

Outside the College

Chad, his wife, Kathi ’03, and their kids, Brielle and Bryce, love spending time on Hope’s campus. Their family bonding time often includes afternoons and evenings at Hope sporting events, the Dow Center pool or dining at Phelps cafeteria.

Chad loves Penn State football. He also loves playing virtually any sport. In particular, he enjoys recreational basketball, soccer, hockey, racquetball and platform tennis.



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Dr. Chad Carlson

Phone Number616.395.7070

DeVos Fieldhouse 222 Fairbanks Avenue Holland, MI 49423
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