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Football coaching staff undergoes major transitions

April 16th, 2018

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College athletic director Tony Hoops announced Nov. 21 that Morris Lolar has resigned as head football coach.

Lolar, a Wichita native, came to Bethel in 2015 from Independence Community College, where he was a defensive coordinator and secondary coach.

In three seasons with the Threshers, Lolar compiled a record of 7-23. He coached a total of 31 All-KCAC players, including four First Team selections, one NAIA Offensive Player of the Week (Jalen Sykes, last season) and one NAIA All-American (Rickey Rodriguez, First Team at defensive back, last season).

“I appreciate the commitment Coach Lolar made to our football program at Bethel,” Hoops said. “He leaves it in a better place after three seasons.”

He added, “Morris’ great personality was always enjoyable to have within our department. We will miss him. I wish him nothing but the best going forward.”

Hoops said a search will begin immediately in order to secure a new head coach early in 2018.

From 2009-13, Lolar was on the coaching staff for the Wichita Wild (a professional indoor football team that existed from 2006-14), first as interim head coach and assistant defensive coordinator and then as head coach, leading the Wild to a 12-2 record and a league championship.

Earlier this fall, Lolar was named head coach of the Force, Wichita’s current indoor football team, for whom he was the defensive coordinator last season.

Lolar was inducted into the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2010, and the Wichita Indoor Football Hall of Fame earlier this year, along with Bethel graduate James McCartney, who played for Lolar with the Wild.

With Lolar’s departure, assistant coach Kevin Griffin has also tendered his resignation.

Bethel College ranks at No. 1 in College Consensus’ ranking of Kansas colleges and universities, and is the only Kansas private college listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2017-18. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

In sports, Bethel competes within the 12-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. For more information, see

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