Seven inducted into Athletic Hall of Honor

W.F.BanburyAt the Bethany Athletic Association (BAA) Weekend on Sept. 22, Bethany College inducted seven outstanding individuals into its Athletic Hall of Honor, including inductees Winfred Foster Banbury, John Quincy Banbury, Mike Zeyen, and Scott Gentine; Alumni Coach of the Year Bill Christner; and BAA Award of Merit recipients Marvin Anderson and Warren Olson.

Over 150 guests, including the Swede football team and several of last year’s student-athlete conference winners, attended the BAA Weekend Athletic Awards Brunch. The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Honor gives recognition to individuals whose performance on the athletic field during their time at Bethany College was noteworthy and exemplary of high standards for which Bethany College athletics historically have been known.

W.F.Banbury An accomplished football player in his day, Winfred Foster Banbury played running back for the Bethany College “Terrible Swedes” from 1902 until 1904. When Bethany’s program was cancelled because of scheduling, he transferred to Western Pennsylvania University in Pittsburgh with his younger brother, John Quincy. He played four years there and also participated in track and field. He obtained his dental degree from that university and practiced dentistry in his hometown of Pratt, Kansas, for over 50 years. Banbury was a well-respected member of the Pratt community and was credited with starting and coaching the first Pratt High School football team.
John Quincy Banbury John Quincy Banbury played quarterback from 1902 to 1904 at Bethany College. His coach was Bennie Owen, who later coached the great teams at the University of Oklahoma. He then attended the Western University of Pittsburgh and was an All-American quarterback there while playing under “Pop” Warner. “Quince” was a prosperous dentist and respected citizen in Wichita. He also gave his time to the Friends University football program and helped them to several winning seasons as their head football coach from 1916 to 1932.
Mike Zeyen Mike Zeyen, Hutchinson, Kan., is a 1982 Bethany graduate. He participated in football and track and field (indoor and outdoor) while a student at Bethany. He started every football game his sophomore through senior years, totaling 32 games, and was team captain in 1981. Zeyen was a four-year letterman and was named 1st Team All-KCAC as defensive end in 1981. He was also a four year letterman in track and field and was the pole vault champion in both 1980 and 1981, his best vault being 15 feet. Zeyen has taught and coached at Buhler High School since 1982. He currently teaches health and physical education and has been the assistant football coach and assistant track and field coach since 1982. He has previously served as assistant basketball coach from 1982 to 1984, head football coach from 1984 to 1986, and head wrestling coach from 1990 to 1999 and 2001 to 2010.
Scott Gentine A four-year letter winner in football, Scott Gentine, Topeka, Kan., graduated from Bethany in 1990. He was named Honorable Mention All-Conference in 1988. In 1989, he was named College Football Preview Pre-Season All American, First Team Unanimous All Conference, First Team All-District 10, and the Salina Journal’s All Decade Team for the 1980s. After graduation, Gentine served as a Special Agent in the Drug Enforcement Administration and is now with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Bill Christner Bill Christner, Abilene, Kan., a 1982 Bethany gradute, began his coaching career as an assistant at Smith Center from 1982 to 1985. He was then an assistant at Abilene for two years and went on to serve as head coach of the Cowboys for 16 years, compiling an impressive dual record of 109-69-1. His squad won NCKL championships five times, including a 51-dual winning streak. His teams won regional titles five times, earned three state championship trophies, and finished in the top ten at state eight times. In 1992, Christner was the recipient of the Coach’s Sportsmanship Award by the Kansas Wrestling Officials Association, and was selected as the KWCA 4A Coach of the Year in 1997. For a second time in 2003, Christner was named KWCA 4A Coach of the Year and was selected to coach at the Kansas Senior Classic. Also in 2003, he was named the KSAL Sportscaster Club Coach of the Year. In 2008, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association. He currently teaches middle school physical education in Abilene.
Marvin Anderson Marvin Anderson, Lindsborg, Kan., was born and raised in Lindsborg and graduated from Bethany College in 1967. While at Bethany he earned a political science/history degree and was a member of the Swedes football team, a choir member for four years, and a B club member. After Bethany, he began a career in claims adjustment and is currently a claims manager. Anderson played in the first alumni football game under Coach Kessinger and for the next 27 years joined him on the Bethany sidelines as defensive line coach and team chaplain. During that time, the Swedes never had a losing season and racked up 213 wins. Anderson enjoyed all his years of coaching but said he had a great sense of pride the year he was able to coach with his son, David. Anderson’s wife, Leah Ann, and sons, David and Joseph, have also attended Bethany, and Leah Ann is currently an adjunct voice instructor.
Warren Olson Warren Olson, Lindsborg, Kan., a Bethany graduate of 1972, played baseball for four years, was the Pi Sigma Chi President, was the sports editor for the Messenger, and was involved in the Blue Key Ambassadors. After college, Olson taught and coached for two years and then joined Xerox Corporation for 34 years in various marketing positions. While working for Xerox, he volunteered his extra time with the Bethany Alumni Council for 10 years and Telefund Fundraising Programs. In January 2007, join Bethany’s advancement office, where he is currently associate vice president for development.

The Bethany College Swedes compete in 18 intercollegiate sports in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Bethany participates in the NAIA Champions of Character program, which encourages integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership in student-athletes, coaches, and youth in the community. Since 1902, Bethany has won 152 conference championships. Learn more about the Bethany College Swede’s athletic programs at www.bethanyswedes.com.

Caption: Bethany College inducted seven outstanding individuals into its Athletic Hall of Honor, including inductees Winfred Foster Banbury, John Quincy Banbury, Mike Zeyen, and Scott Gentine; Alumni Coach of the Year Bill Christner; and BAA Award of Merit recipients Marvin Anderson and Warren Olson.