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Former Jayhawk accepts coaching position

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College announces the appointment of Alonzo Jamison as assistant men’s basketball coach for the 2008-09 season.

Jamison, originally from Santa Ana, Calif., played for the University of Kansas Jayhawks under Coach Roy Williams from 1989-92. In 1991, he was a starter on the Kansas team that defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks to win the Southeast Region Tournament and advance to the NCAA Final Four (Kansas ultimately lost to Duke in the final). Jamison was named Southeast Region MVP and also made Dick Vitale’s “All Rambo” team, which honors the top five defensive players in the nation.

Mark Yoder, Bethel head men’s basketball coach, is excited about Jamison joining his staff. “Alonzo [will] be an excellent role model and mentor to our kids,” said Yoder. “He’s a great communicator with a very sound knowledge of the game.”

Before coming to Bethel, Jamison worked at Sprint and coached basketball at Mill Valley High School, Shawnee.

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 was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. 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

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