NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College athletic department is pleased to announce its 2007 Hall of Fame inductees: Billy Jones, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., a 1976 graduate who excelled in football and track, and Melisa Funk Cooper, McPherson, a 1997 graduate and a volleyball and basketball standout.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Oct. 6, during this year’s Fall Festival.
Jones was a key member of the 1975 Thresher football team that many consider to be the best ever at Bethel College. He was named an All-American as a defensive back in that same year. Jones was a four-year letter winner in both football and track and qualified for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championships in track.
Funk was a four-year letter winner in both volleyball and basketball. She was a member of the 1995 and 1996 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) championship volleyball teams. Funk was a unanimous All-Conference performer in both sports as well as academic All-Conference and an NAIA Scholar-Athlete in both. In 1996, Funk was selected KCAC volleyball Player of the Year and was also named an NAIA All-American in volleyball.
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. In sports, Bethel is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). For more information, see the Bethel web site at www.bethelks.edu.