Brian Dykhuizen has been appointed head athletic trainer at Hope College.

Dykhuizen will assume the position held by Dr. Kirk Brumels who has been named director of the athletic training program. Brumels had served as head athletic trainer since 2001.  Brumels will maintain involvement in both the clinical and classroom aspects of the athletic training program. However, more of his time will be spent teaching athletic training and human anatomy.

"We are very excited about the appointment of an athletic trainer of Brian's caliber. His personal qualities and professional experience will definitely be an asset to the HopeCollege athletic programs and both the student/athletes on our athletic teams, as well as, the students in our athletic training program will be the beneficiaries of his knowledge and skills," Brumels said.

Dykhuizen has an extensive background as an athletic trainer at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.  Most recently he served for nine seasons as an assistant athletic trainer for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). Included in his responsibilities for the Bengals was the facilitation of the student intern program.

He received the bachelor of science degree from the University of Cincinnati and the master of science from Iowa State University.

Dykhuizen and his wife Jill have two daughters, Sarah and Katie.

Dykhuizen has a Hope College connection. His grandfather, the late Rev. Cornelius Dykhuizen, graduated from Hope in 1925 and was a minister in the Reformed Church in America.