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Sam Gaeddert

Sam Gaeddert

Admissions Counselor, Assistant Tennis Coach
Ext: 235
Phone: 316-284-5235
  • B.A. in Art (Ceramics) Bethel College 2010
About Sam: Four consecutive generations of my family had attended Bethel, but it was late in my senior year of high school before I decided on a college. After receiving a scholarship to play tennis at Bethel, I decided that this would be my home for the next four years. It turned out to be a good choice.

The tennis team here was amazing (and it still is). I really appreciated the team environment at the collegiate level. It made for an easy transition because I immediately had a network of friends. My older brother, Adam, was at Bethel when I came. I also had friends here through him.

I met my wife, Keila, at Bethel. It was during my junior year, playing soccer on the Green, that we first spoke. Keila was guarding me and she was incredible. I couldn’t do a thing against her. It was no shock to me when I found out she was here on a soccer scholarship.

Another great thing about Bethel was the lifelong friends I’ve made here. My modmates are still my closest friends to this day. Most of them now live out-of-state, but I keep up with them on a weekly basis.

I played tennis all four years at Bethel and I’m now starting my fourth year as assistant tennis coach, in addition to being an admissions counselor. The teams are great, and I enjoy the same kind of camaraderie I had as a player.

In admissions, I have the largest geographical area. I work with high school students in western Kansas and my travel takes me to Oklahoma, Nebraska and South Dakota. I am also the counselor for Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Utah, Nevada, Hawaii and Alaska, though I do not travel to these states.

In my spare time, I like to exercise, cook and enjoy life with Keila. We also make sure to set time aside to visit our families. My parents live in Hutchinson, KS and Keila’s family lives in California, largely around the Fresno area.

I grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas, and graduated from Hutchinson Senior High School in 2006 and from Bethel College in 2010. I came to college as an “undecided” major and graduated in four years with a major in art (ceramics emphasis) and a minor in business management. Through ceramics, I found something I was good at. I discovered that I liked to work with my hands. It’s similar to coaching tennis I feel – you start at one place and mold what you start with into something strong and beautiful.

It was important to me to be able to continue to pursue not one, but all of my interests. Bethel, as a liberal arts college, allowed me to do just this. I was given the opportunity to find out who I was and what I wanted to do with my time here. While I was an art major, I was not only an art major. I was an individual, and I appreciated that. You will not be a one dimensional student here at Bethel College. You will be an individual who is pushed to be better, to work harder, and to think critically. I love Bethel, and I am thankful to be a part of the staff at this college. Go Threshers!