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Bethel appoints competitive dance coach

June 18th, 2019

Ashley Davis

Ashley Davis is the first head coach to lead the competitive dance program, and will also be an assistant cheer coach.

“We are very fortunate to have such a quality candidate in Ashley to take our inaugural head dance position,” said Athletic Director Tony Hoops.

“Her head coaching experience in the KCAC will be a great asset to this new program.”

Davis most recently led the competitive cheer and dance programs at Bethany College, helping make the Swedes known competitively in the KCAC. Her programs were also constant staples in Lindsborg through service work and community events.

“I look forward to working alongside [head cheer] coach Joseph Gogus to build a premier spirit program in the NAIA,” Davis said.

Hoops noted that hiring Davis brings with it the “official launch of the sport of competitive dance at Bethel College for this fall.

“This group [of dance athletes] will add to our already successful competitive cheer team and both will continue to enhance the game-day atmosphere of Thresher athletics.”

The competitive cheer program under Gogus has been the KCAC champion or runner-up for the past five-straight seasons, and will now add another veteran coach's presence in Davis.

“Ashley’s knowledge, passion for the profession and strong connections with student-athletes really stood out,” Hoops said.

“By adding a dance program and continuing to build the developed cheer program,” Davis said, she is “confident we can achieve a premier program.”

Davis is a graduate of Bethany College with a B.S. in business marketing and management.

“I look forward to joining the Bethel College community,” she said. 

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