Mark Northuis
Mark Northuis
Title: Head Men's & Women's Cross Country Coach; Professor of Kinesiology
Phone: 616-395-7689
Year: 31st
Previous College: PhD, Minnesota; Master's, Michigan; Bachelor's, Hope
2019 1st 4th 27th
2018 1st 4th 24th
2017 1st 1st 19th
2016 1st 3rd 10th
2015 1st 1st 28th
2014 2nd 4th 23rd
2013 2nd 3rd 9th
2012 2nd 1st 10th 
2011 1st 3rd 21st
2010 2nd 2nd 19th
2009 2nd 6th ---
2008 2nd 9th ---
2007 3rd 11th ---
2006 2nd 10th ---
2005 2nd 11th ---
2004 1st 6th ---
2003 3rd 9th (tie) ---
2002 2nd 12th ---
2001 2nd 10th ---
2000 3rd 9th ---
1999 2nd 5th ---
1998 2nd 2nd 17th
1997 2nd 2nd 17th
1996 2nd 8th ---
1995 2nd 5th ---
1994 2nd 2nd 12th
1993 On sabbatical leave
1992 2nd 2nd
1991 3rd 3rd
1990 3rd 6th
1989 1st (tie) 2nd
1988 2nd 2nd

Mark Northuis, a five-time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) all-conference cross country and track runner at Hope, has guided the cross country fortunes of his alma mater since 1988.

Over 31 seasons, the Flying Dutch have finished third or higher in the conference standings every year. The 2019 Flying Dutch placed first in the MIAA seasonal standings five years in a row, finished fourth in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional and were 24th at the NCAA Division III championships.

A professor of kinesiology, Northuis is also the head coach of the men's cross country team and assistant coach for the men's and women's track & field teams. He is active in the College Cross Country Coaches Association and has served on the NCAA Division III advisory committee for cross country and track & field.

A 1982 Hope graduate, Northuis won the 1979 Hope Cross Country Invitational and the 1980 MIAA cross country championship. He finished in the top five at the MIAA meet each of his four years. He was among the nation's top small college cross country runners, finishing 27th as both a junior and senior at the NCAA Division III national championship meet.

In track, Northuis won the 5,000 meter run at the 1980 MIAA Field Day. He is still the Hope record holder in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and six-mile run.

Northuis earned the Masters degree in exercise physiology at the University of Michigan and received the Ph.D. in exercise science from the University of Minnesota.

He and his wife, Pam Bulthouse, a 1981 Hope College graduate, have five children, Anders, Elizabeth, Klare, Madalyn, and Michaela.