NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Jason Dannelly, the “Sports Guru” for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, has announced his NAIA All-Decade Team, including a former Bethel player and assistant coach.
The All-Decade Team comprises the best small college football players in the NAIA from 2000-2009. Defensive back Brandon Kaufman, Moundridge, graduated from Bethel in 2008 and served as an assistant football coach for the Threshers’ 2009 season.
Dannelly picked the team based on his All-American lists starting in 2002 as well as from NAIA Coaches’ All-America Teams since 2000.
Kaufman, who played for the Threshers from 2004-07, was named to the All-Decade Team in a “defensive at large” position, due to “the exceptionally deep talent” he demonstrated on the field.
“It’s a daunting task to try to narrow down the best players over the last 10 years into a single list,” Dannelly said. “There have been so many great players though the years that some of the best in the NAIA didn’t even make the list. I think that is a testament to the great players the NAIA has produced in the last ten seasons.”
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 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and is part of the NAIA’s Region IV. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.