Brian Morehouse '91 has developed the Hope College women's basketball team into one of the nation's elite programs during his tenure. In January, 2020, Morehouse reached the 600-win mark in his 690th game — faster than any basketball coach in NCAA history at any level, women's or men's.
Morehouse's Flying Dutch finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the WBCA and D3hoops.com polls.
Through the 2019-20 regular season, the Flying Dutch have won 611 games and 15 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships during Morehouse's 24 seasons. His teams have made 19 NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, winning the 2006 national title and reaching the national semifinals twice.
This season, he guided Hope to becoming the only undefeated team in Division III women's basketball and were one of 16 teams in title contention before the NCAA Tournament was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also marked the 22nd consecutive time the Flying Dutch had earned at least 20 wins during his tenure.
Morehouse was chosen twice (2019-20 and 2005-06) the Division III national coach of the year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the publication DIII News. The Detroit Free Press included Morehouse among the state's top sports figures in 2006 and among the candidates for the newspaper's annual "Michigan's Best" honor roll.
Five times in his career, (2001-02, 2002-03, 2008-09, 2015-16 and 2019-20), Morehouse has been voted the Regional Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
Morehouse has been named the Michigan Collegiate women's basketball coach of the year by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan four times in his career (2001-02, 2007-08, 2011-12, 2015-16).
Morehouse is ranked among Division III's elite active coaches by winning percentage.
A 1991 Hope graduate who serves as director of the college's DeVos Fieldhouse, Morehouse is familiar with the Hope basketball scene having served in the men's program for a number of years. He was the men's junior varsity coach for two years, compiling a record of 30-9. He was a student assistant coach through his undergraduate years.
More graduated with honors from Hope with a major in business administration and minors in history, psychology, and sociology and earned a teaching certificate for secondary education.
Morehouse's basketball roots run deep. His father, Dean, was the boy's basketball coach at Fremont (Mich.) High School. He joined son Brian as an assistant coach in 2000-01. Brian and Dean were honored as "Hometown Heroes" during the 2006 National Baby Food Festival in Fremont.
He contributed a chapter to the book, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inside Basketball," chronicling an experience from the 2006 national championship run (February, 2009).
In November, 2010, he was profiled in in a major article in the Grand Rapids Press.
He was a contributor to a book Leadership Off the Wall (2010) by Paul B. Thornton. The author invited contributions of quotes relating to a guiding principle that has led the individual to achieve success. Morehouse displays a quote in his office by Hope alumnus Max DePree, who is chairman emeritus of Herman Miller Inc. and the author of books on leadership. The quote: "Leaders should be able to Stand Alone, Take the Heat, Bear the Pain, Tell the Truth and Do What's Right".
Morehouse currently represents MIAA coaches on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Conference Captains Committee and serves as a member of the WBCA board. He also serves as a member of the board of the Hand Up Fund, and is involved with Special Olympics and Holland Area Hospice.
His wife, Elizabeth (Liz) Hain, a 1993 Hope graduate, played in the college's basketball program for two years. The Morehouses have two daughters, Meg and Emma. The Morehouses are members of Calvary Reformed Church in Holland.
THROUGH 2019-20 SEASON
Home Record: 377-30, .926 (DeVos Fieldhouse 224-11, Dow Center 113-19)
Away Record: 274-60, .820
MIAA Record: 15 championships, 300-35, .895
NCAA Record: 19 appearances, 36-17, .679
First Game Coached - at Grand Valley 71, Hope 45, 11-22-96
Victory #1 - at Hope 72, Saint Mary's 46, 11-26-96 (3rd game as coach)
Victory #100 - at Hope 89, Rochester 26, 11-20-01 (138th game)
Victory #200 - at Hope 89, Kalamazoo 66, 2-22-05 (250th game)
Victory #300 - at Hope 73, Olivet 42, 1-17-09 (358th game)
Victory #400 - Hope 62, at Defiance 56, 11-20-12 (468th game)
Victory #500 - Hope 95, Saint Mary's 58, 2-6-16 (576th game)
Victory #600 - Hope 76, Olivet 27, 1-25-20 (690th game)
First Win in MIAA - Hope 65, at Albion 57, 1-15-97
First Win vs. Calvin - at Hope 59, Calvin 36, 2-15-00 (after seven losses)
Clinched First MIAA Title - at Hope 59, Calvin 36, 2-15-00
First NCAA Game - at Baldwin-Wallace 75, Hope 71, 3-2-98
First NCAA Win - at Hope 87, Thomas More, Ky. 76, 3-2-02 (after three losses)
First DeVos Fieldhouse Game - Hope 94, Edgewood, Wisc. 55, 11-19-05
First NCAA Final Four Appearance - Hope 59, Scranton, Pa. 56, 3-17-06
National Championship Game - Hope 69, Southern Maine 56, 3-18-06
National Championship Game - Washington, Mo. 65, Hope 59, 3-20-10