Brian Bolt heads into his fifth full season as head men's golf coach. In 2010, he led Calvin to its first-ever MIAA title in men's golf and also led the Knights to their first-ever trip to the NCAA III Championships in May of 2011 where they finished 26th.
A 1990 graduate of Calvin College, Bolt also serves his alma mater as an Associate Professor in its Kinesiology Department. Bolt recently became chair of the Kinesiology Department. "I focus on teacher education courses, motor learning, philosophy of physical education. and sport," said Bolt of his teaching emphasis.
After earning his undergraduate degree in physical education at Calvin, Bolt remained in Michigan for a year, teaching PE and Social Studies at the elementary and middle school level in Kalamazoo. He then went on to pursue his Masters degree at UNC-Chapel Hill, and then earned his Ph.D in teacher education and physical education at UNC-Greensboro.
Prior to coming to Calvin in the fall of 2004, Bolt had spent the previous eight years teaching at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. He served there as the Departmental Chair for Education and Physical Education.
Bolt also taught golf for 14 years, while in graduate school and while teaching at Roanoke. He has had experience helping people of all levels and ages learn to golf through private lessons, camps, and at colleges.
Bolt is also a graduate of Grand Rapids South Christian High School where he was a three-sport standout, excelling as a quarterback in football, as a point guard in basketball and as a first baseman in baseball.
Coach Bolt's wife Joni is also a Calvin graduate, and they have three children: Grace, Maria, and George.