by Alan Babbitt
The 1990s were an unforgettable decade in the storied history of Hope College men's basketball team.
Under the direction of head coach Glenn Van Wieren between the 1989-90 and 1998-1999 seasons, the Flying Dutchmen won 80 percent of their games (223-55), twice finished national runner-up in the NCAA Division III Tournament (1996, 1998) and claimed six Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles (1991, 1995-99).
On Saturday, a special ceremony was held during halftime of the Flying Dutchmen's game against Kalamazoo College at DeVos Fieldhouse.
Coach Van Wieren and many Hope players from teams in the 1990s returned to town for a tour of their former court, the recently modeled Holland Civic Center, and a reception at DeVos Fieldhouse. They were recognized at halftime of the Kalamazoo game.
Photo of Flying Dutchmen reunion stop at the Holland Civic Center by Tom Renner
With a formidable home-court advantage at the Holland Civic Center, Hope dominated the MIAA for five consecutive seasons, winning league titles from 1995-1999. There was a program-best 10-game winning streak in The Rivalry against Calvin College, too.
The talented group from the 1990s included three, two-time MIAA MVPs: guard Eric Elliott (1990-91), center Duane Bosma (1995-96), and guard Joel Holstege (1997-98).
Hope players claimed All-MIAA First Team honors 20 times. Duane Bosma was a four-time recipient. Joel Holstege and Wade Gugino were each three-time honorees.