NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College athletic director Kent Allshouse announced March 30 that Morris Lolar has been appointed head football coach.
Lolar, a Wichita native, comes to Bethel from Independence Community College, where he has been defensive coordinator and secondary coach since January 2014.
From 2009-13, Lolar was on the coaching staff for Wichita’s Indoor Football League (IFL) team, the Wild, first as interim head coach and assistant defensive coordinator and then as head coach.
In 2013, Lolar led the Wild to a 12-2 record and a league championship.
Lolar has had defensive coaching stints at Northwest Mississippi Community College, Senatobia; Texas A&M-Commerce; Friends University, Wichita; and Wichita East and Wichita North high schools.
At A&M-Commerce, Lolar coached four All-Lone Star Conference selections, including an NCAA Division II First Team All-American pick. At Friends, he had three All-KCAC picks and a two-time NAIA All-Americans.
Lolar was an All-City defensive pick at Wichita South High School. As a collegiate player, Lolar lettered his freshman season at the University of Minnesota, then transferred to Friends University, where he was a three-year starter and two-time All-American.
He went on to play professionally, spending time at a Kansas City Chiefs training camp before signing with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL), where he played four seasons.
After earning a starting spot on the defense in his first season with Edmonton, Lolar was part of a Grey Cup championship team in 1993 and runner-up team in 1996. He is the only native Wichitan to have played on a Grey Cup-winning team. After a brief time away from football, Lolar returned to the game in 1998 to play one season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Lolar was inducted into the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2010. He is also in the athletics hall of fame at his alma mater, Friends University in Wichita.
“I am really excited to have Morris on staff,” said Allshouse. “We are fortunate to have a coach with his abilities taking the helm of the Thresher program. He is without a doubt the right person at the right time to take Bethel Football to the next level.”
“Academically and athletically, Bethel is about excellence,” Lolar said. “I am very blessed and honored to have this opportunity to be a part of the Bethel family. On and off the field, we pledge to carry forward the tradition of excellence at Bethel College.”
At Bethel, Lolar follows Marty Mathis, who resigned earlier this month after two seasons leading the Threshers.
Lolar has a B.S. in organizational management and an M.S. in management from Friends University.
Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 Forbes.com 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 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA.