Esses Earns NAIA Coach of Character Award

Janice Esses, Bethany College head softball coach and alumna of 2001, is the recipient of the 2011 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Coach of Character Award. The award is given for embracing, teaching, and displaying character.

Athletic Director Jon Daniels says, “Janice is certainly a deserving coach for the Champions of Character Award. Since she has been hired, she has always had her softball team do community service and she serves as a great example to our coaching staff and the softball team. We are very proud of her.”

The Champions of Character program is designed to instill an understanding of character values in sports and provide practical tools for student athletes, coaches, and parents to use in modeling exemplary character traits. The program has established five core values that go beyond the playing field to the daily decisions of our youth. These character values help young people, and those associated with their development, make good choices in all aspects of their life and reflect the true spirit of competition. The five core values are integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.

In receiving this recognition, Coach Janice Esses said, “It is an honor to be chosen for the Coach of Character Award. I hope that my example will carry through to my team. There are a lot of coaches who are deserving of this award, and I feel fortunate to be the coach representing the conference.”

Bethany College competes in 18 intercollegiate sports in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, including college sponsored cheer and dance teams.  Since 1902, Bethany has won 149 conference championships.

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