Fenske stepping down as cheer coach
NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College varsity cheer coach Jill Fenske has resigned her position effective April 30, or sooner if the position is filled before then, Kent Allshouse athletic director, announced March 3.
Fenske cited an opportunity to join her family’s business as her reason for leaving.
She said that her new obligations “would no longer make it possible to fulfill the time requirements to grow the Thresher cheer program.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with great athletes, coaches, trainers and staff at Bethel College,” she continued. “I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication that was put forth to build the Bethel cheer program with the help of these people.
“I have enjoyed watching the athletes grow in this emerging sport in the KCAC and look forward to seeing a tradition of excellence form in the Bethel cheer program.”
Fenske took the half-time position as Bethel’s first cheer coach in November 2011. She is a graduate of Washburn University with a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing.
“I am extremely sad to see Jill leaving the Thresher family,” Allshouse said, “but I certainly understand that she can’t pass up a great opportunity to work with her father.
“Jill is exactly the type person we were looking for to launch the cheer program here and she has worked tirelessly to achieve her goals. She will be missed.”
Allshouse added that a national search for a new coach will begin immediately.
Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 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 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA.
In sports, Bethel competes within the 10-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu and www.bethelthreshers.com.