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Dotson named interim head football coach

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Athletic Director Kent Allshouse announced today that James Dotson has been named interim head football coach for the 2012 season.

“We are very fortunate to find somebody with Jim’s qualifications to step in and guide the Threshers this fall on such short notice,” Allshouse said. “Jim is exactly what we were looking for and I am extremely grateful that he accepted this position. The team is in good hands.”

Dotson’s appointment follows the resignation of Travis Graber July 27, after two seasons as head coach.

If Dotson’s name sounds familiar to Thresher football fans, there’s a good reason: he coached at Bethel in the late 1990s under Mike Moore.

“Having previous experience at Bethel will allow Jim to acclimate to the Thresher program much faster than someone completely from the outside,” said Allshouse.

Dotson has more than 30 years of football coaching experience, ranging from high school and college to international stages. In addition to Bethel, he has coached at the University of Virginia at Wise, Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tenn., and Trinity Bible College, Ellendale, N.D., and internationally in England, France, Germany and Ukraine.

Dotson has a B.S. from Carson-Newman and an M.A. from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville. He has served as a team leader for Habitat for Humanity, leading six teams to Poland as well as one to Fiji and one to Romania.

Dotson arrives on campus Aug. 7 and will immediately begin meeting with coaching staff and administrators in preparation for the upcoming season.

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 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. For more information, see and

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