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Esses returns to KCAC to lead Bethel women’s basketball

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Athletic Director Kent Allshouse announces the hiring of Adam Esses as head coach for the Thresher women’s basketball program.

Esses comes to Bethel from Kaskaskia College, a two-year school in Centralia, Illinois, where he has been head women’s basketball coach and athletic director since 2014. Before that, he was assistant women’s basketball coach at Upper Iowa University, Fayette, 2010-14.

At Kaskaskia, Esses was 30-33 over two seasons. In both years, his teams advanced to tournament play – regional semi-finals in 2014-15 and NJCAA district semi-finals in 2015–16. Esses coached two All-Conference players, two All-Region players and a two-time All-American.

Before coaching at Kaskaskia, Esses spent four years at NCAA Division II Upper Iowa University, where he served as recruiting coordinator in addition to his assistant coach position. The 2013-14 UIU women’s team was ranked first academically in the nation, in all divisions, with a team GPA of 3.801.

The Littleton, Colorado, native is a 2008 graduate of Bethany College, Lindsborg, with a B.A. in secondary math education.

He earned his M.S.Ed. in mathematics/science education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where he was also a graduate assistant coach for women’s basketball, which won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference East Division and reached the NCAA Division II tournament in 2009.

“I am so excited to join the Thresher athletic department,” Esses said. “I would like to thank Dr. White [Bethel president] and Mr. Allshouse for the opportunity. I am looking forward to returning to the KCAC and building a successful program.”

“Bringing in someone like Adam, who possesses such passion and energy, is tremendous for the women’s program and the campus as well,” Allshouse said. “Adam has that perfect blend of experience and youthfulness that will enable him to put together a quality product on the floor each night. I look forward to witnessing the great things he will accomplish here at Bethel.”

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2015–16 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 2015–16. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

In sports, Bethel competes within the 12-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. For more information, see

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