July 22nd, 2019
Athletic Director Tony Hoops has announced the appointment of Matthew Barlow as the next head coach of the Thresher men’s and women’s tennis programs.
“We are thrilled to have Matthew join our staff and lead our tennis programs,” Hoops said. “He was our top choice for many reasons.”
Barlow most recently served as assistant coach for the men’s and women’s tennis teams at Washburn University, Topeka, an NCAA Division II school.
During his two seasons as an assistant for the Ichabods, Barlow recruited two All-American players, from Germany and Ecuador, while helping develop the team into a national contender.
The Ichabods reached the Elite 8 of the 2018 NCAA DII Championships during Barlow’s tenure, the furthest they have progressed in program history.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to lead the Thresher tennis programs this upcoming season,” said Barlow.
“After meeting with Bethel's great staff and seeing their rich history of tennis success, I know the tools are in place for the programs to compete at a high level in the conference and nationally.”
Barlow has strong roots in player development, coming from his days as the tennis professional at both the Topeka Country Club and the Country Club of Missouri.
“I am very thankful that Athletic Director Tony Hoops is allowing me to bring my tennis coaching experience and knowledge into a role at Bethel College,” Barlow said. “Go Threshers!”
Barlow himself became a student of the game during his time as a player for the Washburn Ichabods. He was a three-time All-Conference selection in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), while also earning MIAA Scholar-Athlete nods and an MIAA Sportsmanship Award.
Barlow has a bachelor’s degree in physical education graduate from Washburn. His commitment to personal growth as well as team success as a player helped him earn All-American status as a player from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2016.
“From the moment of our first conversation, I knew [Barlow] would be one that would be a great fit for our athletic department,” Hoops said.
“He embodies the values and drive that our coaching staff share with one another. I can’t wait to see the cultural shift he will bring to our tennis programs.”
Bethel College, a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887, is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for academic excellence, Bethel is the only Kansas private college listed in Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section for 2018-19. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu
In sports, Bethel competes within the 13-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. For more information, see www.bethelthreshers.com.
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