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John VanderHaagen

Social Media Sales and Marketing Manager


Phone: (616) 774-4585 ext. 3011


Number of seasons with the Griffins (through 2011-12): Three with the Griffins in a full time capacity. Started as an intern during the 1999-00 season, and I’ve been doing the game music on and off since that season.

What you love most about working for the Griffins: My work is where most people play. I'm blessed to have an occupation that I truly love and enjoy waking up for every day. The Zone discount is pretty sweet too.

Favorite Griffins memory: Triple OT game vs. Orlando on May 3, 2001 that ended after midnight.

Favorite all-time Griffins players: Matt Ellis and John Emmons.

Best thing about your job: Being able to make it all up as I go.

Hometown: Okemos, MI

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Michigan, Kansas

Pets (name, type of animal): Geoffry the monkey butler. There's just one for now, but I'm hoping he'll train others.

College degree/year/school: Business and Communication Arts & Sciences from Calvin College, 2001

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Matt Nokes, All Star catcher for the Detroit Tigers

Personal/professional hero(es): Long list of people who get social media and are doing innovative, creative things with this new medium.

First job/your age: When I was 14 I had a lawn mowing service.

Current dream job: Live music photography

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Grand Rapids Rampage. Provided game music for NBA exhibition games and NCAA hockey championship games at Van Andel Arena.

If you could trade places for a day with another occupation/person, what/who would it be?: Duke. I want to drive the Zamboni.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Arena Bowl XV

Most memorable on-the-job mistake/embarrassing moment: Playing the Griffins goal song when Chicago scored on us here at the Van Andel Arena. I was temporarily distracted.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Kids Food Basket, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America West Michigan and any other organization that is addressing homelessness and hunger in West Michigan.

Sports played growing up: Everything as a kid, golf and baseball in high school, everything again IM in college.

An interesting fact about you: If I ever order a salad, I get the dressing right there on top of the salad, where it belongs…where there is no turning back.

Favorite foods: Sushi

Favorite music artists: Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac and whatever jams that DJ Maxx recommends.

Favorite sports movies: Space Jam, Blades of Glory and Mighty Ducks D3

Favorite website: Facebook

Favorite book or author: Chuck Klosterman, A.J. Jacobs, David Sedaris

Favorite subject in elementary school: Science

Favorite spectator sports: Minor league baseball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Griffins): Chicago Cubs

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Concerts, spending time at Lake Michigan, photography


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