Brian VanZanten '95 became associate head coach for the Hope College men's and women's tcross country teams prior to the 2016 season. He has been coaching Flying Dutchmen and Flying Dutch runners since 1999.
VanZanten started his competitive running career as a junior for the Flying Dutchmen. VanZanten earned a B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Hope, then immediately began working for several local pharmaceutical companies. Following several years of product development, he returned to school to earn a teaching certificate in Chemistry and Biology.
As a teacher in West Ottawa Public Schools, VanZanten has completed a Masters degree in secondary and adult education and further graduate work in chemistry education.
VanZanten's wife, Jenifer (Hodge), is also a 1995 graduate of Hope and a former cross country athlete for the Flying Dutch. The couple enjoys sharing their love for Hope College with their three children, Joel, Grace, and Ana.