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Tuttle named new track and field coach at Bethel College

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Bethel College announced Tuesday Tracy Tuttle has been named head track and field coach at the school.

Tuttle, an assistant track coach at Bethel, succeeds Gerry Sieber, who recently announced his resignation. Tuttle has competed in track for 18 years and coached for 14. He has been an assistant at Bethel since 1992, coaching hurdles and jumps. A graduate of Fort Hays State University, Tuttle was a an NAIA All-American pole vaulter in 1984. He won conference titles from 1980 to 1984, earning all-conference honors.

Tuttle was a member of the U.S. team during the International Sports Exchange Tour of Europe in 1984.

At Bethel, Tuttle will continue to serve as assistant professor of physics and astronomy and as director of the new Mabee Observatory at Bethel.

"I am excited to announce Tracy's move into the head track coaching role at Bethel College," Bethel athletic director Diane Flickner said. "Tracy brings a wealth of experience to the position, and I look forward to working with Tracy in his new role as head coach."

Sieber will remain as men's soccer coach and instructor of health management at Bethel. He recently completed his fourth season as track coach.

While coaching track, Sieber coached an NAIA national champion and two other NAIA All-Americans. He also helped establish the Bethel cross country program, which begins competition this fall.

"I gained a tremendous amount of respect for Gerry during our discussions about what is best for Bethel, for the track team, for the soccer team, and most importantly, for Gerry," Flickner said. "What I learned most is that it takes inner strength, incredible self-awareness and support from family and colleagues to face change. Gerry has all of these gifts and more. Gerry is a wonderful role model and has many talents."

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