Van Haaften joined BVU in 1994 as an assistant coach for the Beavers and was named head coach in 1996. Since that time he has put together one of the best active winning percentage in NCAA Division III men’s basketball with an all-time record of 321-123 (.723). He currently ranks in the top-10 in all-time winning percentage among active Division III coaches with at least 10 years of coaching.
Buena Vista has had a winning record in 15 of the 16 years since he took over the head job.
Van Haaften’s career record ranks him amongst the best coaches in the history of the game. He reached the 200-win plateau in just his ninth season, in the 251st game of his collegiate career – faster than nearly any coach in Division III history. This ranks Van Haaften above legendary coaches Roy Williams (of Kansas and North Carolina, who took 252 games to reach the 200 win milestone) and Denny Crum (of Louisville, who collected his 200th win in 254 games). He then recorded his 300th career triumph in 2010-11 in just his 407th career game.
His record versus conference opponents (including both regular season and conference tournament games) is a dominating 240-72 (.769). In games decided by five points or less, his record is 83-42 (.664). In home conference and conference tournament games, his squads are 147-19 (.886).
During Van Haaften’s tenure at Buena Vista, his teams have won the Iowa Conference seven times and have finished runner-up six times, third once, fourth once, and sixth once. At one point, he compiled six 20-win seasons in a row (27-2 in 2000, 21-6 in 2001, 23-6 in 2002, 27-4 in 2003, 24-5 in 2004, and 26-4 in 2005). His team's have also gone 26-6 all-time during the Iowa Conference Tornament. In the 17 years prior to his joining the Beavers, the program won just 26% of its overall games. Van Haaften’s squads won five straight Iowa Conference Tournaments from the 2001-02 season thru the 2005-06.
Van Haaften has deep-seated roots within the Storm Lake community. He served as principal of St. Mary’s High School in Storm Lake from 1992 to 1994. He was also the head basketball coach from 1988-94 and the head baseball coach from 1989-93 at St. Mary’s where he served as a business education teacher and as athletic director.
Van Haaften graduated from Pella High School, where he was named to the all-conference basketball team twice and earned Special Mention All-State as a senior. He then attended Northwestern College where he played varsity for three years and started as a senior. Van Haaften went on to earn his master’s degree in educational administration from Drake University.
Record at Buena Vista:
1996-1997 18-8, 12-4 in IIAC
1997-1998 19-6, 17-3 in IIAC
1998-1999 15-11, 13-7 in IIAC
1999-2000 27-2, 19-1 in IIAC
2000-2001 21-6, 16-4 in IIAC
2001-2002 23-6, 16-2 in IIAC
2002-2003 27-4, 16-2 in IIAC
2003-2004 24-5, 13-3 in IIAC
2004-2005 26-4, 14-2 in IIAC
2005-2006 15-14, 10-6 in IIAC
2006-2007 17-9, 11-5 in IIAC
2007-2008 23-7, 14-2 in IIAC
2008-2009 23-3, 15-1 in IIAC
2009-2010 15-12, 10-6 in IIAC
2010-2011 11-15, 8-8 in IIAC
2011-2012 17-11, 11-5 in IIAC
Total: 321-123, 215-61 in IIAC
Some of Van Haaften’s Accomplishments:
Jon Millea begins his first season as a member of the Beaver coaching staff beginning in 2012-13.
A 2009 graduate of BVU, Millea served as an assistant men's basketball coach in 2011-12 at Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. Prior to that, he had served as an assistant men's basketball coach from 2009-11 at Southwest Minnesota State University, while working on his master of science degree in education – with an emphasis on sports leadership.
Millea, who is a Davenport, Iowa, native played four years under Van Haaften and was part of senior class which went 78-33 during that span, including a stellar 50-14 mark in Iowa Conference play. He averaged nearly 13 minutes per game off the bench as a senior, while shooting nearly 55 percent from the floor, as the Beavers finished 23-3 overall (15-1 IIAC) that year.
He graduated from Buena Vista with a bachelor of arts degree in Sports/Fitness Management with a minor in Coaching.