NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Following a second tenure as head men’s basketball coach at Bethel College, Mark Yoder has announced his resignation.
After 25 years coaching men’s basketball at three different Mennonite colleges, Yoder said he is ready to pursue interests outside basketball.
Yoder first coached at Bethel from 1993-98, during which time he led the team to back-to-back winning seasons, including the second- best (1997-98) and third-best (1996-97), and earned Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors for 1996-97.
Before he came to Bethel, Yoder served as head men’s coach at Hesston College, 1986-93. He left Bethel in 1998 to coach at his alma mater, Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University, serving as FPU head coach from 1998-2005. He was commissioner of the KCAC from 2006-07, before taking the head coaching job at Bethel for a second time in 2007.
The Threshers were in a rebuilding mode during Yoder’s past three years at Bethel, improving their record each season, particularly in KCAC play. In that time, Yoder’s teams produced 13 KCAC Scholar-Athletes and six NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Yoder has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from FPU and earned his master’s degree in education (sports administration) from Wichita State University.
“I would like to express my appreciation for the opportunity to be a part of this community,” Yoder said. “I have certainly enjoyed my time here and the chance to work with some great young men on and off the basketball court.
“This position requires a tremendous amount of energy and time, and the fire to continue is just not there,” he continued. “I wish the school and the program nothing but the best as they move forward under new leadership.”
“Mark has touched the lives of many young men during his tenure, and I appreciate his leadership of the Bethel College basketball program,” said Diane Flickner, who concluded 20 years as Bethel athletic director June 30. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with Mark and wish him the best as he pursues a new career direction.”