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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College head men’s and women’s soccer coach Jason Moore announced his resignation Nov. 16, to take effect immediately.

Moore, a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., began his soccer coaching career in 1999. He came to Bethel in 2008 and just completed his fourth season with the Threshers.

“Working at Bethel College for the past several years has been a valuable and rewarding experience,” Moore said. “The relationships I have developed with students, athletes and co-workers are highly valued. I am very grateful for my time at Bethel, but I feel the time is right for me to seek out new challenges and opportunities elsewhere.”

“Jason made a lot of positive contributions to the athletic department and to the lives of many Bethel students,” said Bethel Athletic Director Kent Allshouse. “We wish Jason the very best with his new endeavors.”

The search for a new coach is currently underway, with consideration being given to splitting the position and having one head coach each for men’s and women’s soccer.

On Nov. 22, Allshouse announced the resignation of two assistant football coaches, Chase Hansen and Adam Peterson.

Hansen, a 2008 graduate of Bethel College, began a full-time coaching position at Bethel in fall 2008, recently completing his fourth season with the Threshers. Peterson, who has degrees from Wayne State University and the University of Texas, came to Bethel in 2010 and coached for two seasons.

The Thresher football program has struggled in the past several years. The team finished the 2011 season 2-9, with one win coming on a forfeit by Sterling College.

The football coaching resignations are meant to signal change, Allshouse said. They are “part of significant reorganization of the football program, designed to set it on a path of success. Thresher fans will see a much different football team and style of play on the field next year. I believe the changes will translate to a lot more wins.”

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2011-12. In sports, Bethel competes within the 10-member Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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