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New coach will fill expanded job description in track, cross country

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College has hired a new coach to fill an expanded job description in track and cross country.

Jeff L. Hoskisson, who was just named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Regional Assistant Coach of the Year, will become the new Bethel head coach for men’s and women’s track and field and cross country, beginning March 28.

He comes from Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, where he has been assistant track and field and cross-country coach since 2012.

At EOU, Hoskisson has worked with sprinters, jumpers and combined-event athletes, and has coached national champions in men’s indoor heptathlon, decathlon, pole vault and high jump. He has coached 24 All Americans, with 46 school records set during his tenure.

Hoskisson has a B.S. in secondary education with emphasis on physical education and health from EOU and an M.S. in physical education/exercise and sports science from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg.

Before his time at EOU, Hoskisson was director of track and field/cross country for five years at Central Methodist University, Fayette, Missouri.

In his final season, 2011, his men’s team won the indoor Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Championship, the first in school history. Hoskisson coached four NAIA national champions and 18 All-Americans at Central Methodist, and was named HAAC Coach of the Year four times.

Hoskisson has also served as assistant track/cross-country coach and recruiting coordinator at Highland (Kansas) Community College, and as an assistant track coach at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Emporia State University, Central Missouri State University and the College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls.

“We are exceptionally fortunate to have a coach with Jeff’s credentials joining our staff,” said Kent Allshouse, Bethel athletic director. “Having known Jeff personally for about 11 years, I can confidently say he is one of the best all-around track coaches I have met. He will bring out the best in his athletes and build a very strong Thresher program going forward.”

“I am looking forward to working with the athletes that we have and trying to build a program that will make the alumni, boosters and the school proud,” Hoskisson said. “I want to thank Kent and President White for this opportunity, and look forward to working with them and the rest of the Bethel family.”

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