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2011 Hall of Fame class includes athlete-turned-coach, football standout

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s athletic department has announced the inductees for the 2011 Hall of Fame.

Former two-sport athlete and volleyball coach Bev Mayer, Phoenix, and standout football player Tod Bean, Murray, Utah, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of Fall Festival activities Saturday, Oct. 8, on campus.

Bev Mayer was an outstanding two-sport athlete in volleyball and track from 1984-88. She was a four-year letter winner in both sports, under the coaching of Diane Flickner in volleyball and George Rogers III in track.

She was a member of the 1986 and 1987 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Championship teams and a unanimous All-KCAC and District 10 performer during her volleyball career.

A standout high jumper in track, Mayer was a three-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national qualifier and two-time KCAC high jump champion, earning All-KCAC and District 10 honors as well as NAIA All-America status.

As head coach for Bethel’s volleyball program from 1994-2005, Mayer continued the strong tradition of outstanding volleyball by directing her teams to five conference championships and five tournament championships and qualifying for the NAIA Region IV tournament in eight out of 11 years.

Mayer coached 16 NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes, 52 KCAC Academic All-Conference athletes, 31 All-KCAC athletes, nine All-Region athletes, six KCAC Players of the Year and two NAIA All-Americans. She earned KCAC coach of the year honors five times. Her teams won back-to-back conference titles twice (1994 and 1995, 1999 and 2000) and she compiled a KCAC record of 161-43 (.789) and an overall record of 252-162 (.643). She ranks second in all-time wins.

Mayer graduated from Bethel in 1988 with a degree in economics/business administration with education licensure. She earned a master’s degree in education from Wichita State University. She currently owns and operates a Game Truck (mobile video gaming unit) franchise, as well as CSI Phoenix, a comprehensive investigative security and risk management firm.

“The Bethel family has played a vital role in my life by welcoming me first as an athlete and later as a young coach,” Mayer said. “Bethel afforded me the opportunity to grow and excel both on and off the court/field and this recognition is a tremendous compliment.”

Tod Bean transferred to Bethel from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, for his junior and senior years, 1991-92. In his career at Bethel, Bean recorded 98 solo tackles, 89 assisted tackles, nine tackles for a loss and 23 quarterback sacks, playing under the coaching of Kent Rogers.

Bean was Team Defensive MVP his senior year while earning 1st Team KCAC, 1st Team District 10 and 1st Team NAIA All-America honors for his play on the defensive side of the ball. Bean owns the record for most sacks in a game with five against McPherson College in his senior season.

Bean graduated from Bethel in 1994 with a B.S. in health, physical education and recreation and later earned an M.Ed. in sports administration from Wichita State University.

He notes that Bethel taught him “to exceed my own expectations academically, which created opportunity in various ways. I met a lot of fantastic people whom I still consider friends and most importantly was introduced to my wife [Jennifer Ediger Bean, Bethel Class of 1995] with whom I have raised a wonderful family.”

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is in the first tier in its category in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of “America’s Top Colleges” for 2011. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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