Daniel Dentino is responsible for developing and maintaining a campus environment that is complementary to and consistent with the educational mission of the college. He also plays a key role in support of the college’s retention goals. Dentino oversees all aspects of student development at Bethany, including the management of residential education and services, campus activities, Greek life, counseling services, health and wellness initiatives, international student services and study abroad, new student orientation, leadership development, crisis response, the academic center for excellence, first and second year experience programs, and student clubs and organizations. Dr. Dentino also teaches as a member of the Religion and Philosophy Department.
Dentino joined Bethany in the fall of 2012 after working at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Fla., where he had been the vice president for student affairs and dean of students since 2001. He brings over 15 years of experience in higher education as an administrator and professor, having also served Duquesne University, Providence College, and the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Dentino earned his doctorate in Systematic Theology and has taught a variety of theological courses and published numerous works. He has been a volunteer football coach for several schools and has also done volunteer work at soup kitchens and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Dentino was honored as a Refiner’s Fire Excellence in Teaching Award finalist, Ave Maria University Faculty commencements speaker in 2010, recipient of the Naples Illustrated Magazine “The Power of Ten” Award, and recipient of the Gulfshore Business Magazine “40 Under 40” award. He and his wife are the proud parents of two children.
Janice Esses has been the head women’s softball coach at Bethany College since spring 2002. Since then, she has amassed 302 career victories, three regular KCAC championships, two KCAC tournament championships, and three NAIA Regional Tournament appearances and led Bethany’s to its first ever NAIA National Softball Tournament appearance in 2012 and another in 2013. Esses’ teams not only excel on the softball field, but also in the classroom. Esses has coached 37 NAIA All-Scholar athletes and her squad led the NAIA with the most All-Scholar athletes in 2008 and 2009.
Prior to coaching at Bethany, Esses was a two-sport student at Bethany, playing basketball and softball. In 2000 and 2001, she was awarded first team All-KCAC as a catcher and was selected as the team’s MVP her senior year. Esses earned her bachelor’s degree in biology.
Coaching Career Highlights
2011, 2012 KCAC Coach of the Year
2011 KCAC Champions of Character Coach of the Year
3 KCAC Championships
2 KCAC Tournament Championships
37 NAIA All-Scholar Athletes
5 NAIA All-Region Players
1 CoSIDA Academic All-District Player
94 KCAC All-Conference Players
1 KCAC Player of the Year
2 KCAC Pitchers of the Year
1 KCAC Newcomer of the Year
2 NAIA National Tournament Appearance (first in school’s history)
3 NAIA Regional Appearances
2 NAIA National Player/Pitcher of the Week
NAIA National Tournament Record for most stolen bases in a game (10)
12 years of coaching as NAIA Head Coach (Bethany College)
Clinic Presenter at KSHSAA Coaching School
Clinic Presenter at K-State Salina Softball Coaching Clinic
10 years of coaching 18 & under Competitive Summer Softball Team (K-State Salina TechnoCats)
First Team All-KCAC at Bethany (2000 & 2001)
Team MVP at Bethany
Esses Year-by-Year (302-249, 12 seasons)
2003 21-22 KCAC Champions, KCAC Tournament Champions, NAIA Regional Appearance
2008 28-19 Finished 2nd in KCAC
2009 34-15 Finished 2nd in KCAC, 2nd in KCAC Tournament
2010 23-18 Finished 3rd in KCAC
2011 26-27 KCAC Co-Champions
2012 45-9 KCAC Champions, KCAC Tournament Champions, NAIA National Tournament Appearance, Ranked 25th in NAIA Post Season ranking
2013 31-18 NAIA National Tournament Appearance, Ranked 23rd in NAIA Preseason rankings
Levi Esses has been associate dean for student development and director of first year initiatives since 2013. Esses is a 2002 graduate of Bethany College and started his career at Bethany in spring of 2002 as director of residence life and assistant football coach. From 2004-2007 he taught high school math and coached. From 2007-2013, Esses was employed by Kansas State University Salina as assistant director of student services, overseeing residence life, student activities, student government, and counseling services.
Esses earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary math education in 2002 and a Master of Education from Wichita State University. He is responsible for oversight and organizing, managing, and directing a comprehensive system of the First Year Initiative (FYI), co-coordinating the Quest program, leading college retention efforts, and planning and executing new student orientation. He also oversees the student Pathfinders, Resident Director/FYI and teaches a Quest section.
Outside of his responsibilities on campus Esses does color commentating for Bethany Swedes radio for football and basketball games. He and his wife, Janice 01’, enjoy spending time together with family and friends and are deeply committed to Lindsborg and the Bethany community.