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Bethel College volleyball coach Mayer resigns

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bev Mayer, Bethel College volleyball coach for 12 seasons, has announced her resignation. Mayer just completed her 12th season, during which the Threshers finished as co-champions of the KCAC (17-1, 22-9 overall) and qualified for the Region IV tournament in Omaha, Neb.

"After much soul-searching, I have reached the difficult decision to retire from coaching and pursue other professional avenues," Mayer said. "I will be exploring other opportunities in the Phoenix area and relocating in the near future.

"I believe it is a great time for this change to occur, as Bethel volleyball is coming off a championship season and there is an extremely strong core of athletes returning and primed for another championship season this fall," she continued. "I’ve been blessed by excellent athletes and strong students through my 12-year tenure. More importantly, I’ve been able to build relationships with these athletes and with my peers at Bethel College that I consider lifelong friendships. Not many individuals are given the opportunity to coach at their alma mater, and I have enjoyed it tremendously." Mayer is a 1988 graduate of Bethel College.

Mayer’s list of accomplishments is a long and distinguished one. She has coached two NAIA All-Americans, 15 NAIA Academic All-Americans, six conference Players of the Year, nine All-Region award selections, 44 All-KCAC award selections and 52 Academic All-KCAC selections.

Mayer’s teams have won five regular-season KCAC crowns and five conference tournaments. The Threshers have qualified for the post-season regional tournament eight times out of the 12 years of its existence.

Mayer is a five-time winner of the Conference Coach of the Year award. Two of her teams earned the National Team Academic Award given to teams with a GPA of 3.300. Mayer’s career KCAC record is 161-43 with an overall career record of 252-162.

Bethel College athletic director Diane Flickner announced that assistant volleyball coach Chad Schilling will take over as interim head coach and that the search for a replacement for Mayer will begin immediately.

"I am excited for Bev as she explores other career opportunities," Flickner said. "I am especially proud of her accomplishments during her tenure at Bethel. Seeing the growth of the Bethel College volleyball program over the past 12 years has been a rewarding experience."

Flickner added, "On behalf of the Bethel College community, I wish Bev the best as she makes this career change. She has been a good friend and colleague to many of us. She is recognized by peers and student-athletes as an outstanding teacher and coach."

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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