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AD Kent Allshouse resigns, position undergoes changes

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Athletic Director and Vice President for Athletics Kent Allshouse has tendered his resignation, effective immediately.

When he announced Allshouse’s decision, Interim President John Sheriff added that the position of athletic director has been redefined so that the duties now come under two separate job descriptions.

Tony Hoops, head men’s basketball coach, will assume the added responsibility of athletic director, Sheriff said. Hoops will manage personnel, events and issues that relate to coaching, student athletic performance and relationships with the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the NAIA.

Vice President for Admissions Andy Johnson will now oversee coaches’ recruitment activity, leading them in goal setting, recruitment system evaluation and implementation, and reassessing scholarship policies.

Both these positions will report to the president, with the VP Admissions continuing to serve on the administrative cabinet and the AD having a direct line to the cabinet upon request.

“They will work vigorously and collaboratively with departmental personnel toward a shared vision for the various sports, and for the recruitment of student-athletes, all within the greater vision of producing Bethel College graduates,” Sheriff said.

“I very much appreciate Tony and Andy taking on these roles, and look forward to working with them as they, together with the coaches, bring new vision and energy to athletics at Bethel College, and assess and revise current practices and policies,” he continued.

“I want to thank Kent for his six years of service to Bethel,” said Sheriff, “during which time he coached track and cross country, served as athletic director and vice president for athletics, and promoted the athletic department with the creation of several programs such as cheer and the athletic band.”

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