Coach Van Haaften and members of the Beaver men's basketball team after the record-breaking victory.
Nov. 27, 2017
Buena Vista head men's basketball coach Brian Van Haaften notched his 400th career victory on Saturday, November 25, when his team defeated visiting Greenville University, 142-128, inside Siebens Fieldhouse.
Van Haaften runs his career overall record to 400-180, and the milestone victory came in record-setting fashion as the Beavers' 142 points scored broke the previous mark of 126 set back in 2009-10. It also moves his career home record to an astonishing 210-52.
“My present and former players are what drive me. They have made my life better.”Brian Van Haaften
Now in his 22nd season at the helm, Van Haaften becomes the 34th active head coach in Division III to reach 400 career wins and sits among the top 25 in overall career winning percentage (.689) among active DIII coaches. His teams have posted a winning record in 19 of his 21 seasons and have eight 20-win campaigns, including five straight from 1999-00 thru 2004-05.
"I am very blessed to have a great family," he says. "My wife, Barb, and my kids Courtney and Jayson, have been my rocks. They understand the commitment it takes to do this right, and they have been there for me through ups and downs. My present and former players are what drive me. They have made my life better. My guys have been 'all in' when it comes to the chemistry and culture of our program. I am so proud of what they have accomplished. They have developed into great leaders, husbands, and fathers. It has been a joy to watch over the last 22 years."
The seven-time Iowa Conference Coach of the Year 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 ranked him 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).
Van Haaften recorded his 300th career triumph in 2010-11 (407th career game) before capturing his 350th in 2013-14 (479th career game). His 400th career triumph came in his 580th game at the helm.
Already the program's all-time winningest coach, Van Haaften has his team off to a 3-1 start in 2017-18.