Jake Taber was hired as Hope College's co-head women's and men's swimming & diving coach on April 10, 2018. He took over sole head coaching duties following John Patnott's retirement following the 2018-19 season.
In his first season, Taber helped the Flying Dutch claim the outright 2018-19 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women's team championship.
A 2004 Hope College graduate and former swimmer for the Flying Dutchmen, Taber returns to his alma mater after successful head coaching stints at Albion College (2012-18) and Olivet College (2007-2012). He was an assistant for Patnott for three seasons at Hope before becoming a head coach.
Taber guided the Albion men to Top-25 finishes at the Division III championships the past three seasons, including a program-best 13th-place finish in 2017. The Britons were 2017 MIAA champions, their first conference championship in 46 years.
Taber led the Britons to school records in all but two men's events during his tenure. He coached 45 MIAA event champions, two All-Americans and nine honorable-mention All-Americans at Albion.
The Albion women set 15 school records, claimed five MIAA event titles and had one national qualifier during Taber's tenure.
At Olivet, Taber received the American Swimming Coaches Association's Award of Excellence in 2009 and 2010 — an honor earned by coaches who have led a swimmer to a top-eight finish at one of several USA national-level championships.
Taber and his wife, Kelly (Kraft '04), have three daughters, Tessa, Sloane, and Augusta, and a son, Colby. Kelly was a two-time, All-MIAA shortstop for the Hope softball team.wo-time, All-MIAA shortstop for the Hope softball team.