On October 15, Bethany College will induct seven outstanding individuals into its Athletic Hall of Honor at the annual Fall Awards Dinner. Wes Alstatt, Paul Mogenson, Lindsay Morgan, Jorge Munoz and Jerry Krone will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor along with Melinda Flohr and Jason Hooper who have been selected as the Alumni Coaches of the Year.
The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Honor gives recognition to individuals whose performance on the athletic field during their time at Bethany was noteworthy and exemplary of high standards for which Bethany College athletics historically have been known. Selected individuals have been former student-athletes, a former coach or an individual who was significantly involved in Bethany athletics.
Wes Alstatt played baseball and football at Bethany for two years and earned All-KCAC honors for both years in both sports. After a nine game winning streak and a conference title in football at Bethany his sophomore year, Alstatt transferred to Fort Hays State University (FHSU) where he played football. In 1980, he signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins. Alstatt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from FHSU, where he also coached football for three years. Alstatt has been a sergeant with the Sherriff’s Department in Ellis County for the past 23 years. He is also a member of the Hays Athletic Booster Club Board of Directors, Hays City Little Shootout Board of Directors and Hays Striders Track Club Board of Directors. He is a Boy Scout volunteer leader and a volunteer youth coach for football, baseball, softball, basketball and track.
Bethany College Director of Football Operations Paul Mogenson began covering Swedes sports as the sports editor for the Lindsborg News-Record in 1968 with his weekly column, “Mogenson’s Musings.” His columns were accorded the highest honors by the Kansas Press Association for column writing. In 1993, Mogenson was invited by then Coach Ted Kessinger to join his staff in an administrative position to manage equipment. His duties also included serving as an extra media liaison, author and photographer for the program’s newsletter as well as serving in those duties for the men’s basketball team. Mogenson also served as an intermediary between players and Kessinger. After Kessinger’s retirement, Mogenson has remained as a voluntary advisor to coaches Tony Johnson and current Head Coach Jamie Cruce.
Lindsay Morgan ’00, a member of the women’s basketball team from 1996-2000, made All-KCAC honorable mention and was voted freshman of the year by her team. As a senior, she was named first team All-KCAC, KCAC Player of the Year, Academic All-American, Lutheran All-American and third team Kodak All-American. After graduating from Bethany, Morgan played semi-professional basketball for the Florida Fury where she earned top honors and participated in the semi-pro women’s national tournament in St. Louis, Mo. Morgan earned a master’s degree in graphic design. She currently works as a senior consultant and graphic designer for the Director of National Intelligence. Morgan continues to be active in basketball volunteering as a coach for seventh and eighth grade travel teams and by also hosting an annual basketball clinic for elementary school children.
Jorge Munoz ’99 played quarterback from the Swedes from 1995-1996. During that time, he was a two-time All-American quarterback. To this day, Munoz currently holds several Bethany football records. For season records, he is ranked first and third in passing yards, fourth in passing attempts, second in completions and third and fourth (tied) in touchdown passes. As an individual in a game, Munoz holds records in passing yards (second, third and fourth), completions (third and tied for fifth) and touchdown passes (tied for second). In his career at Bethany, he is the record holder in passing yards with second place rankings in passing attempts, completions and touchdown passes. Currently, Munoz is the offensive coordinator at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.
During his first year as a member of the basketball team at Bethany, Jerry Krone ’78 was named outstanding freshman and also received the team’s Thor Award along with Blue and Gold Honors. He was also named Varsity Rookie of the Year as a sophomore and first team All-KCAC unanimous selection, first team All-District 10, first team All-Lutheran as a junior. During his junior year, Krone was also named the Marymount Tournament All-Star Player, was a top five KCAC individual scorer and had a game high of 35 points against Nebraska Wesleyan. As a senior, he received the same awards as his junior season along with being named the Most Valuable Swede and an NAIA All-American. He was also ranked 23rd in the NAIA national individual scorers with an average of 23.4 points per game and boasted a season record for individual free throws with 22 out of 24 attempts. Krone is currently a supervisor for Kejr Engineering in Salina. He has served as a city council member, youth basketball coach and official for the state basketball games for the past four years.
The Bethany College Alumni Coach of the Year Award was established in order to recognize the individual Bethany College former student or graduate who has directed and coached a secondary or collegiate varsity sport team to a level of performance which is recognized as outstanding. The 2010 Alumni Coach of the Year is Melinda Flohr ’84 and Jason Hooper ’98.
Lindsborg native Flohr was a member of the first women’s KCAC Championship tennis team in 1983. She earned three conference singles and doubles championship titles. Flohr is currently in her 27th year of teaching and coaching in the Emporia school district. She has coached girls and boys tennis at Emporia High School for the past 18 years, qualifying players for the state tournament each season. Players on Flohr’s teams have earned a state doubles championship title and numerous other top 10 finishes. She was named 6A Tennis Coach of the Year in 1988 and has also coached middle school volleyball and basketball for 11 years. Flohr currently directs five elementary and high school orchestra classes and was award the Hopkins Star Performer Award of Excellence in 2005 for outstanding teaching.
From 1994-1997, Hooper participate in football and golf at Bethany College. In football, he served as captain for two years and earned All-KCAC honorable mention as quarterback in 1997. As a golfer, Hooper was named All-KCAC all four years as well as KCAC Individual Champion in 1996 and Regional Individual Champion that same year. He currently resides in Salina, Kan., where he teaches geometry and advancement placement calculus at Salina South High School. Hooper is also the head girls basketball coach, offensive coordinator for the football team and assistant boy’s golf coach. As basketball coach, his team received honors as the 2009 Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League (AVCTL) Champions and Hooper was named the 2009 Saline County Coach of the Year and 2009 AVCTL Coach of the Year.