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Former KU star Jamison named head men’s basketball coach

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A former starter for a University of Kansas Jayhawks basketball team that made it to the 1991 NCAA championship game has taken the helm of the Bethel College men’s basketball program.

Bethel College Athletic Director Kent Allshouse announced the appointment July 1 of Alonzo Jamison, Bethel assistant men’s coach since 2008, following the resignation of head coach Mark Yoder.

Jamison, originally from Santa Ana, Calif., played for KU under Coach Roy Williams from 1989-92. In 1991, he was a starter on the Kansas team that defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks to win the Southeast Region Tournament and advance to the NCAA Final Four (Kansas ultimately lost to Duke in the final). Jamison was named Southeast Region MVP and also made Dick Vitale’s “All Rambo” team, which honors the top five defensive players in the nation.

Jamison has a B.S. in communications from KU. Before coming to Bethel, he served as a varsity assistant coach and junior varsity head coach at Mill Valley High School, Desoto.

In taking the head coaching job at Bethel, Jamison has resigned from his part-time position as marketing director for Mid-America Youth Basketball (MAYB).

“I am grateful that the Bethel College administration has given me this opportunity,” Jamison said. “A big thanks goes out to Coach Yoder for leading the program in the right way.”

“Losing a great coach like Mark Yoder would be devastating to most colleges, but Bethel is extremely blessed to have someone of Alonzo Jamison’s caliber poised to take over the program,” Allshouse said. “I am extremely pleased that Alonzo has accepted the position and I am excited to watch Alonzo guide his program to great success. The Thresher men are eager to learn the game from a Kansas star.”

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.

In sports, Bethel competes within the 10-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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