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Bethel College names first softball coach

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College athletic director Diane Flickner has announced the hiring of Stacy Koontz Middleton to lead the softball program for the Threshers. Bethel College announced the addition of softball to its intercollegiate lineup this past spring and will begin competing in the fall of 2011.

“I am extremely pleased to announce that Stacy Koontz Middleton has accepted the position as the inaugural head softball coach at Bethel College,” stated Flickner. “She has a significant understanding of the challenges in developing a successful softball program at Bethel because of her familiarity with the college coupled with her previous coaching experiences. She is very loyal to Bethel and will energetically promote the college to any prospective student and parents.”

Middleton, a graduate of Haven High School, has numerous years of softball experience as an athlete coupled with 10 years of club coaching experience while living in Texas. She is currently the assistant volleyball coach at Bethel College, serving in that role since 2007. She is also an assistant track coach who works with throwers.

Middleton graduated from Bethel College in 1995 with a degree in elementary education and physical education. While at Bethel, she was a standout athlete in both volleyball and track and field. She was a part of two KCAC championship volleyball teams her sophomore and senior years. She was a three-time KCAC champion in javelin and three-time All-American in javelin, with her best finish a third at the NAIA National Track and Field Championships. She still holds the Bethel record with a throw of 143’ 6” and the KCAC Championship meet record with a throw of 140’ 3”.

“Stacy Middleton is committed to Bethel College, passionate about coaching and sports, and eager to relate to students in ways that contribute to their education and growth,” John Sheriff, Bethel College interim president, commented. “Coaching is a mission for her, and I am delighted that she has joined our coaching staff.”

“I am excited to be the head coach of the new softball program at Bethel,” said Middleton. “This is a wonderful opportunity to add another winning tradition for women’s athletics. My goal is to establish a competitive group of student-athletes that will become the cornerstone of this program and ultimately compete at the top level of the conference for many years to come.”

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’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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