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Bethel announces coaching changes

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College men’s soccer coach Brennan Peacock and volleyball coach John Marble have announced their resignations.

Peacock, whose resignation is effective Dec. 31, came to Bethel in 2010 as the graduate assistant for the men’s and women’s soccer programs. He was named to the head coach position for the men’s team in December 2011.

Before coming to Bethel, Peacock spent his collegiate soccer career at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, where he was three-year letter winner and team captain his sophomore and junior years and was part of teams that played in the Southern Conference Tournament semifinals and championship.

“I want to thank Bethel College for this great opportunity. I have had a wonderful experience here and have enjoyed all the great relationships that we have built. I will always have a strong tie to Bethel College and hope the soccer program continues to grow,” Peacock said.

Originally from Carrollton, Texas, Peacock has a bachelor’s degree in general studies, with concentrations in business and physical education and health and a minor in coaching, from Georgia Southern, and a master’s degree in sports management from Wichita State University.

“I am extremely sad to see Brennan leave,” said Kent Allshouse, athletic director. “Besides being a terrific coach who has always done things the right way, he is a good friend.Although he will no longer be working here, Brennan will always be a part of the Thresher family.”

Marble’s resignation is effective Feb. 3, 2016. He came to Bethel in 2013 from Dawson Community College, Glendive, Montana, where he was head volleyball coach and a faculty member, teaching courses in engineering, engineering technology, math, physics and physical education.

“It has been an honor being part of the Bethel College volleyball tradition,” Marble said.

Marble has a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Idaho and earned a master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in Irvine, California.

Relying on experience he acquired coaching from middle school through college, Marble started the volleyball program at Dawson Community College in 2008.

“It is always hard to say goodbye to good people, but I understand the desire to explore new and different career options,” Allshouse said. “I wish John the very best in these future endeavors.I will miss him.”

In addition to these two openings, Bethel is commencing a search for a person to fill a new coach position that combines cross-country with track and field.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2015-16 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 2015-16. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.