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Coaching transition takes place with track, cross-country programs

June 7th, 2019

Jeff Hoskisson

Head coach Jeff Hoskisson has left his position with Bethel track and cross country, effective June 7.

"Jeff was a quality coach who got the best out of his athletes,” said Tony Hoops, Bethel athletic director.

“He brought many years of expertise and experience to not only our track and cross-country programs, but also to our coaching floor. His experience will be missed by all of us."

During his tenure at Bethel, Hoskisson had six different student-athletes qualify for the NAIA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, highlighted by Kyle Wilson earning All-American status in both indoor and outdoor shot put this past school year.

Hoskisson also had nine individual KCAC champions in track and field.

In cross country, Hoskisson coached one All-KCAC performer, 2019 graduate Julio Martinez, who also became the program’s first male athlete to compete at the NAIA Championships.

While at Bethel, Hoskisson’s cross-country and track and field teams produced 15 NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Men’s track and field also had its first CoSIDA Academic All-District recipient in program history.

Hoskisson was a proponent of the NAIA Champions of Character program, acting as Bethel’s liaison and helping craft many of the applications submitted for the distinctions this program offers.

"I appreciate the commitment that Coach Hoskisson devoted to his programs and to Bethel College Athletics,” said Hoops.

Before coming to Bethel, Hoskisson spent four seasons at Eastern Oregon University (NAIA) as an assistant coach, where he helped his student-athletes capture five individual national championships, as well as a team conference title.

Hoskisson also has several previous stints coaching collegiate athletics, including at Central Methodist (NAIA), Emporia State (NCAA DII) and Marquette (NCAA DI).

A national search to fill the position will begin immediately. Joshua Booth

About Bethel

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.