Joshua Booth, Sports Information Director
NORTH NEWTON – Tony Hoops, head men’s basketball coach, will assume the added responsibility of athletic director, managing personnel, events and issues that relate to coaching, student athletic performance and relationships with the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the NAIA following Kent Allshouse tendering his resignation, effective immediately.
When he announced Allshouse’s decision, Interim President John Sheriff added that the position of athletic director has been redefined so that the duties now come under two separate job descriptions.
“I want to thank Kent for his six years of service to Bethel during which time he coached track and cross country, served as athletic director and vice president for athletics, and promoted the athletic department with the creation of several programs such as cheer and the athletic band,” Sheriff said.
In addition to Hoops, Vice President for Admissions Andy Johnson will now oversee coaches’ recruitment activity, leading them in goal setting, motivation and evaluation, and reassessing scholarship policies.
“I’m excited for the future of Bethel College athletics, and the opportunities that exist not only within my new position, but more importantly the opportunities for our department as a whole to be successful,” Hoops said. “The vision that Interim President John Sherriff and Andy Johnson share with me creates a renewed enthusiasm about the future success of Bethel College.”
Both these positions will report to the president with the VP Admissions continuing to serve on the administrative cabinet and the AD having a direct line to the cabinet upon request.
“They will work vigorously and collaboratively with departmental personnel toward a shared vision for the various sports, and for the recruitment of student-athletes, all within the greater vision of producing Bethel College graduates,” Sheriff said.
“I am very much appreciate Tony and Andy taking on these roles, and look forward to working with them as they, together with the coaches, bring new vision and energy to athletics at Bethel College, and assess and revise current practices and policies,” he continued.