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Head football coach Travis Graber resigns

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Travis Graber, Bethel College head football coach, has announced his resignation effective immediately.

Graber has been on the Thresher coaching staff since 2001. After Mike Moore resigned at the end of the 2009 season, Graber briefly served in an interim role before being named head coach in December 2009.

Graber is a 1997 graduate of Bethel College and also has a B.S. in secondary education from Kansas State University and a master of education degree in sports administration from Wichita State University.

He began at Bethel in 2001 as an assistant coach working with linebackers. He served as an assistant with running backs and with defensive ends, as well as coordinator of summer football camps, Thresher recruiting coordinator and defensive coordinator (secondary).

One of Graber’s players, defensive lineman James McCartney, was named Defensive Player of the Year by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) for 2008 and 2009, as well as a member of the 2009 AFCA NAIA All-America Team, and went on to play for the Wichita Wild.

“We want to thank Travis for his loyalty to Bethel College and his service to our students, and to wish him well as he pursues the next chapter of his life,” said Perry White, Bethel president.

“The college administrative team has engaged with the present football staff to effectively outline a plan of action as we move quickly to fill the coaching vacancy for the 2012 season.”

Plans are to hire an interim coach who may or may not be interested in the permanent position, White said.

“We are committed to taking the necessary steps to assure the best possible experience for all students at Bethel College, which includes our student-athletes, whom we expect to be closely involved in the process of identifying and hiring a new coach,” he said. “We will begin a national search for the next leader of our football program very shortly after the season begins.

“With a staff of assistant coaches already in place who possess a great deal of experience,” White added, “we are confident that, once this position is filled, we will make significant strides toward a successful football program.”

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. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA.

In sports, Bethel competes within the 10-school KCAC and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. For more information, see and

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