Dr. John Patnott

Professor of Kinesiology/Swimming & Diving Coach
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Dr. John Patnott came to Hope in fall 1978 from California State University at Fresno State. Initially his role was to teach Health Dynamics and activity classes and to coach the men's and women's swimming and diving teams. After a few years he moved into exercise science and has taught:

  • Exercise Physiology and Exercise Physiology Laboratory
  • Nutrition and Athletic Performance
  • Exercise Science and Health
  • Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription

He currently teaches Exercise Physiology and Laboratory as well as Science of Conditioning, Strength and Power. 

Dr. Patnott's research focuses on lactate production in competitive swimmers, specifically training to enhance lactate production and training to enhance the onset of blood lactate. He has also served as chair of the Internal Review Board for faculty and student research. 

AREAS OF Expertise

Dr. Patnott specializes in performance exercise physiology for all sports.


  • Ph.D., exercise science, University of Utah, 1984
  • M.A., exercise science, Fresno State, 1972
  • B.A., physical education, Fresno State, 1969


Dr. Patnott was awarded the Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003. He has been voted the NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year by the College Swimming Coaches Association three times. He was named the men's national Coach of the Year in 1991 and the women's national Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1998.

Outside the College

Outside teaching and coaching at Hope College, Dr. Patnott enjoys woodworking and hiking in national parks.

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Dr. John Patnott

Phone Number616.395.7697

DeVos Fieldhouse 222 Fairbanks Avenue Holland, MI 49423-3735
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