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.
Dallas Fenn started at Bethany in 2103. Prior to Bethany, Fenn completed graduate work at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He was a graduate assistant athletic trainer working primarily with the baseball program from January 2011-May 2013.
Fenn is a Kansas native, originally from Wichita. He graduated from Valley Center High School in Valley Center, Kan. in 2006. Following graduation, he attended Hesston College in Hesston, Kan. where he received an associate’s degree in the spring of 2008. In fall of 2008, Dallas transferred to Sterling College in Sterling, Kan. where he completed his bachelor’s degree in athletic training in two and a half years.
Fenn passed his Board of Certification exam to become a Certified Athletic Trainer in December of 2010. He was also named the Sterling College Athletic Training Student of the Year in May of 2011. During graduate school, Dallas also received the Otho Davis Memorial Scholarship for outstanding athletic training students at Lamar University.
Dallas has been a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association since 2010.
William “Bill” Ferguson came to Bethany in the fall of 2010 as an adjunct professor of history.
He received his associate’s degree from Cloud County Community College in 1977, and his bachelor’s degree from Bethany College in 1979. In 1990, Ferguson graduated from Fort Hays State University with a master’s in history.
Prior to coming to Bethany, Ferguson taught for 32 years at three different high schools in Kansas. He spent 10 of those years at Peabody and Sterling. The last 22 years were spent at Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg, Kan. At those schools, he taught American history, world history, Kansas history, psychology and American government.
In 2003 Ferguson was chosen as one of 87 teachers across the nation to be part of the initial class of the “Teach Vietnam Teachers Network” sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Association. He spent a week at Georgetown University learning and sharing information geared toward teaching about the Vietnam Era to American high school students.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation chose Ferguson for a grant to study the topic “The Eisenhower Years and the Cold War” at Gettysburg College in 2005.
Ferguson and his wife, Jan (Lindsey) ’79, have been residents of Lindsborg since 1989. They are members of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lindsborg. They have served on many councils and committees during their time in the community. They have two sons, Keith ‘10 and Michael.
Juli Forde earned a bachelors degree in public relations in 2012 and a masters of business administration with an emphasis on sports management from Kansas Wesleyan University in 2014. Before coming to Bethany, she worked at a retail store in Disneyland for five years, was a web designer and a volleyball coach.
Jodi Frisbie Reese returns to Bethany College, where she was an Assistant Professor of Music from 2006 to 2010. Prior to her return to Bethany, she also served as an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Dodge City Community College. Frisbie Reese received her Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University and her Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Iowa State University.
She has sung roles with Opera Omaha, Boston Lyric Opera, Utah Opera, Indianapolis Opera, and numerous regional companies in the Northeast. She has also performed in concert with the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Boston’s Back Bay Chorale Orchestra, among others. A frequent clinician and adjudicator in Kansas, Ms. Frisbie Reese is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the National Association for Music Education.
David Frost is an assistant professor of business at Bethany College. He joined the faculty in 2009, after serving as an adjunct at Bethany for three years. He teaches classes in business management and human relations.
Frost has experience in several areas of business management, including ownership, finance, marketing and human resources. He is also the founder of a non-profit boy’s home.
After completing his bachelor’s degree at Friends University, Frost earned his master’s of science degree in management at Friends in 2004. As an assistant professor of business, Frost hopes to share his experience and education with students while continuing to hone his own skills and knowledge in the field.
Professor Frost’s experience in the field of Criminal Justice includes Kansas emergency medical technician, Corrections officer, chemical dependency counselor, juvenile correctional facility group facilitator, juvenile intake and assessment officer, Kansas Highway Patrol communications specialist, domestic violence and sexual assault specialist and outreach advocate, case manager for youth with severe emotional disturbance, and adult education specialist.
She earned her M.L.S. in justice studies and social science and her bachelor of science degree in justice studies at Fort Hays State University and has an associate degree in social science from Cloud County Community College.
Professor Frost serves as faculty adviser of the Law & Order Club for the Criminal Justice Department at Bethany College.
Garcia comes to Bethany from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he served as assistant wrestling coach. While there, UNO won the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championships. Prior to coaching, Garcia was a member of the UNO wrestling team, where he won national championships in 2006 and 2008, placed third in 2009, and placed second in 2010. He was a four-time All-American and Academic All-American, and his team won national championships in 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010. Garcia graduated in 2010 with a 147-18 record, the fourth-highest number of all-time career wins at UNO since 1966. His 48 wins as a senior ranked as second-highest number in school history, and he set new UNO records of 84 career pins and 31 single-season pins.
Garcia was a three-time high school state champion and a four-time state place finisher for his dad Mike at Hutchinson High School.
Garcia resides in Hutchinson with his wife Kym and two daughters.
Anders Gårdestig joined Bethany in 2013 as an assistant professor of physics.
A native of Sweden, he earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering physics at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden in 1996. In 2000 he finished his doctorate in theoretical nuclear physics from the same university. He then went on to do research at UCLA, Indiana University, Ohio University, and the University of South Carolina.
Since 2008, he has been pursuing a more balanced mix of teaching and research, with full-time teaching positions at Whitworth University and ITT Technical Institute, and as an adjunct at USC and Whitworth. At Whitworth he developed an online course in Physics of Current Events, with a strong science-faith component, which he has since taught numerous times. On the side, he has also been involved in physics textbook developments as a member of a focus group and several proof readings and reviews.
Gårdestig’s research highlights include a model that explains the ABC effect in , calculating the reaction, a crucial physical background for the charge-symmetry-breaking reaction (successfully measured in 2005), and a high-precision effective-field-theory calculation of , currently our best source of information regarding the neutron-neutron scattering length. He has numerous articles published in peer-review journals and has presented several times at European, American, and international conferences.
He lives with his wife and two sons in Lindsborg, where they are enjoying the small-town atmosphere and connecting with his Swedish roots. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, history, biking, hiking, and reading.
Paul Gentine is Associate Professor of business at Bethany College. He has been a member of the Bethany College faculty since 2000 and has been the Business Department Chair and also serves in the Education Department.
At Bethany College, he teaches classes in business policy, marketing and management. Gentine has more than 37 years of experience in marketing, management and operations, including 22 years with the General Motors Corporation.
After receiving a Bachelors Degree in Social Science from Bethany College, Gentine earned a Masters Degree in Education from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan.
More recently, Gentine has taken Advanced Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and received an Honorary Doctor of Automotive Management from the General Motors University of Automotive Management.
Randi Lyn Gotti came to Bethany College in 2013 from Associated Colleges of Central Kansas where she was a Systems Analyst. She held similar positions at John Deere Agriservices and Winn-Dixie Corporation.
A native of Marietta, Okla., Randi holds a Bachelors of Science in business administration and communications from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Randi and her husband reside in Hutchinson, Kan. with their 3 children.
Before joining the Bethany faculty, Professor Guinn taught at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa from 2010 until 2014. Prior to that she served at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. She earned a Ph.D. in 19th Century U.S. history from Oklahoma State University in 2003; a master’s degree from Pittsburg State University and a bachelor’s degree for Kansas State University. She is married to Thomas Jorsch, assistant professor of history at Bethany College.
Melissa Hardman returns to Bethany College as assistant volleyball coach. She will also serve as the intramural coordinator and teach physical education classes.
Between playing and coaching, Hardman has over twenty years-experience with the game of volleyball. She spent three years as an assistant coach assistant coaching at McPherson College and two years at Bethany College from 2008-2010.
Hardman attended and played volleyball for four years at Kansas Wesleyan University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and minors in health and psychology. She went on to earn her M.B.A. with an emphasis in sports management in May 2013.
Hardman is married to David Hardman, a Bethany alum, and has a step-son Brenton.