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Bethel College men’s basketball coach Chupp announces resignation

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After nine years at Bethel College, head men’s basketball coach Gary Chupp has announced that he has accepted the head coaching position at Goshen (Ind.) College for the 2007-2008 season.

For Chupp, a native of Goshen, Ind., this will be a move home. He will move to Goshen in June with his wife Melissa and his two children Madilyn and Tyson.

"I would like to thank Bethel College, and specifically Diane Flickner for giving me the opportunity to coach this program for the past nine years,” Chupp said. "I am very proud of what we were able to accomplish, and although this has been a difficult decision, I leave knowing the program is in very good shape.

"Goshen is my home, and my parents still live in the community,” he continued. "The opportunity to continue coaching at the NAIA level while getting my kids around my parents was too good to pass up. At the same time, we will be moving away from Melissa’s family, which will be a challenge for all of us.”

Chupp graduated in 1992 from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., where he was the program’s second leading scorer in the history of their men’s basketball program.

Following graduation from EMU, Chupp came to Bethel as an assistant coach and interim head coach from 1992-1994. He then moved on to Bluffton (Ohio) University as an assistant for two years, and then to Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa., where he was an assistant for two years. He returned to Bethel as head coach in 1998.

During his tenure at Bethel, Chupp has amassed an overall record of 123-136, and a conference record of 84-74. He led the Threshers to two KCAC championships, in 1999 and 2003, and was named KCAC Coach of the Year at the end of both of those seasons. The 2003 team made Bethel’s first-ever appearance in the NAIA National Tournament in Branson, Mo.

While at Bethel, Chupp has coached two KCAC Players of the Year, four NAIA All-Americans and nine NAIA Academic All-Americans.

"Gary and I have worked together for over nine years and I consider him to be a wonderful colleague and life-long friend,” said Bethel College athletic director Diane Flickner. "He is a great role model and has an unmatched passion to coach basketball and a rare talent to do it the right way. Gary is committed to teaching young people how to be life-long learners, and the Bethel’s basketball program is better because of the impact he has made.

Flickner added, "Gary is leaving the program with a great group of returnees and a strong incoming freshman class. I have no doubt that we will find the right person to lead the Bethel College basketball program.”

A search for Chupp’s replacement is in progress.

"I really do feel that the next coach is coming in to a good situation,” Chupp said. "He will have a tremendous group of student-athletes that are very coachable and are a great representative of the Bethel community. I will certainly miss working with this group of players. However, I am also excited to take on all of the challenges that go along with starting a new program.”

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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