Kirk Brumels, a 1988 Hope College graduate, has served as chair kinesiology department since July 1, 2014. He has over 20 years of athletic training experience in various venues.
A graduate of Hope's athletic training program, Dr. Brumels received both his masters and doctorate degrees from Western Michigan University. He spent more than a decade as an athletic trainer with the New England Patriots from 1990-2001, returning to Hope College in 2001 to become the institution’s third head athletic trainer.
Dr. Brumels was a second-generation Hope student as his father Bruce, the past- president of Hope's Alumni Association Board of Directors, is a 1959 graduate, and his mother Doris is a 1962 graduate.
Dr. Brumels is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and is the President – Elect of the Michigan Athletic Trainer’s Society. His awards include recognition with Patriots head athletic trainer Ron O'Neil as the 1997 National Football League Athletic Training Staff of the Year. He has been a guest speaker or lecturer in numerous venues, including state, regional, and national athletic trainer conferences and symposiums.
Dr. Brumels has a passion for athletic training evidenced by several peer-reviewed journal publications and involvement as a co-author of the textbook Developing Clinical Proficiency in Athletic Training(Human Kinetics, 2009) and seven chapters within the forthcoming book entitled Core Concepts in Athletic Training (Human Kinetics, 2010).
Dr. Brumels enjoys exercise, outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting, and home projects. Additional hobbies include making hand planed split bamboo fly rods, wooden fishing nets, and he takes the opportunity to enjoy both every chance he gets.
Dr. Brumels and his wife Stephanie live in Holland with their two children, Hunter and Rebecca.