CHS Staff Report
Athletic Director Jordan Bandstra has confirmed that Dan VanHekken has stepped down as the leader of the girls basketball program. After having led the Hawkeyes to the MHSAA Semifinals last weekend, VanHekken announced his decision to his players on Sunday. As he explained to CHS, “It was obviously a tough decision. I love coaching. I still love coaching. I love girls basketball. But my situation at home with three boys, three active boys involved in sports led me to that decision.”
VanHekken had an overall record of 225-130 in his 16 years as head coach.
VanHekken coached the Hawkeyes to four OK-Green Conference Championships (2013, 2017, 2018, 2019), five District Championships (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), and back-to-back Regional Championships (2018, 2019).
Jordan Bandstra, Hamilton’s Athletic Director said, “We can’t thank Dan enough for his contributions to the Girls Basketball program and Athletic Department as a whole over the last 16 years. His ability to relate with the girls and push them to be better athletes and people sticks out the most to me. Dan poured himself into the girls basketball program and Hamilton is better for it.”
Known for his easy going style and his caring , VanHekken undoubtedly has elevated the girls basketball program to the ranks of West Michigan’s best. “It was 100% my boys at home that go to a different district. My son is playing high school basketball and I cannot be in two places at once. I won’t give less than 100% here and less than 100% as a parent.” He will continue in his role as a physical education teacher.