2019 At A Glance
- Roster Size: 97
- Returners: 56
- Captains: Mason Dekker, Nick Holt, Mason Opple, Zach Smith
- 2019 MIAA Preseason Poll: First
- 2018 Regular-Season Recap: With an 8-2 overall record, the Flying Dutchmen recorded back-to-back eight-wins season for the first time in 44 years when the 1974 and 1975 teams went 8-1 and 8-0-1, respectively. Led by head coach Peter Stuursma Hope ended the season on a six-game streak after dropping the MIAA opener at home to eventual champion Trine University. Ten Hope players claimed All-MIAA recognition, including five first teamers: cornerback Kimani Dooley, defensive tackle Ian Gorgenson, defensive end Tate Knapp, quarterback Mason Opple, and center Zach Smith. Ian Gorgenson and Zach Smith also received all-region honors. Running back Mike Miklusicak returned from a knee injury to close his Hope career with 2,274 career rushing yards — eighth-most in team history.
Pictured right: Center Zach Smith received preseason All-America honors from D3football.com.
2019 Coaching Staff
Head Coach Peter Stuursma
Peter Stuursma heads into his fourth season as a head coach after a successful start that included the greatest single-season turnaround in the team's 109-year history. He guided the Flying Dutchmen to a 7-3 overall record in 2016 and 8-2 records in 2017 and 2018. It was the 10th time the Flying Dutchmen won at least eight games in a season.
Stuursma, a 1993 Hope graduate, has deep ties to Hope College and the Flying Dutchmen football program.
As a player, Stuursma served as co-captain for the Hope College football team during his senior season. He was a running back and special teams player. Stuursma received the team’s Allan C. Kinney award after the 1992 season despite playing in only three games due to an injury. The award, presented annually since 1971 and named in memory of football player Allan C. Kinney, who died of cancer in his senior year in 1967, honors a senior player for maximum contribution to the football program.
Prior to returning to coach at Hope, Peter Stuursma led East Grand Rapids (Michigan) High School to a 162-34 record with 13 state playoff appearances during his 16-season tenure. They claimed Michigan High School Athletic Association state titles in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2003 and 2002. They also reached the state semifinals twice.