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Head football coach Mathis steps down

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College head football coach Martin Mathis has announced his resignation, effective March 2.

Mathis recently finished his second season with the Threshers. Before coming to Bethel, he was an assistant coach and co-defensive coordinator at Marian University, Indianapolis.

He has taken a position at Walsh University, an NCAA Division II private college in North Canton, Ohio.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead the Bethel College football program for the 2013 and 2014 seasons,” Mathis said. “I want to thank the Thresher football players for their commitment, respect and care. You are truly tough student-athletes.”

Athletic Director Kent Allshouse has begun assembling a short list of potential candidates with the intention of having a new head coach in place before spring practices begin in about four weeks.

“We certainly appreciate the work Coach Mathis did to take a winless program and make it competitive this past season,” Allshouse said. “We wish him well in his new position at Walsh.”

In his first game as Thresher head coach, in 2013, Mathis saw his new team break a 14-game losing streak.

Bethel was 2-9 in 2013 and 3-8 in 2014.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 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. For more information, see

In sports, Bethel competes within the 10-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the NAIA. For more information, see

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.