credit – Bethel College
NORTH NEWTON, Kan. – Bethel College head football coach Martin Mathis announced his resignation, effective March 2nd. He has taken a position at Walsh University, an NCAA Division II school in North Canton, Ohio.
Mathis recently finished his second season with the Threshers. In his first game as Thresher head coach, in 2013, Mathis saw his new team break a 14-game losing streak. Bethel was 2-9 in 2013 and 3-8 in 2014. Mathis’ teams produced multiple all-conference student-athletes, one All-American, and six Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead the Bethel College football program for the 2013 and 2014 seasons,” Mathis said. “I want to thank the Thresher football players for their commitment, respect and care. You are truly tough student-athletes.”
Athletic Director Kent Allshouse has begun assembling a short list of potential candidates with the intention of having a new head coach in place before spring practices begin in about four weeks.
“We certainly appreciate the work Coach Mathis did to take a winless program and make it competitive this past season,” Allshouse said. “We wish him well in his new position at Walsh.”
Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.
Bethel competes within the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the NAIA. For more information, see www.bethelthreshers.com.