NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The 2009 AFCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team announced today includes Bethel defensive lineman James McCartney, senior business major from Hesston.
The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) has picked an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. These teams are the only ones chosen exclusively by those who know the players best – the coaches.
The AFCA’s National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-America Selection Committee consists of three head coaches from each of the AFCA’s nine districts, one of whom serves as district chair, along with another head coach who serves as selection committee chair. The three coaches are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts, followed by a conference call between the district chairs and the committee chair, during which the team is chosen.
The AFCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team consists of 25 players – 11 offensive, 11 defensive and three specialists.
McCartney has also signed to play nose guard for Wichita’s indoor professional football team, the Wichita Wild, for the 2010 season, which starts in February.
Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. In sports, Bethel competes in the KCAC and is part of the NAIA’s Region IV. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.