Gadwood comes to the football coaching staff having just finished his playing career. He was a four-year starter in college, playing center on the offensive line throughout his collegiate career. Gadwood played his junior and senior seasons for Ottawa University. During his two years at Ottawa, he started every game and helped lead the Braves to two trips in the NAIA playoffs. In 2011, he was voted by his teammates as a team captain and helped the Braves win the 2011 KCAC Championship.
Prior to Ottawa, Gadwood played center for Highland Community College in Highland, Kan. While at Highland, he started every game in two seasons for the Scotties. Gadwood was a team captain and earned Academic as well as All-Conference honors in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.
Gadwood is a native of Shawnee, Kan., where he was an All-Conference athlete for the Mill Valley Jaguars. He graduated from Ottawa University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in exercise science.
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.
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.
Marlysue Holmquist, professor of education, began teaching at Bethany College in 1995. Holmquist received her bachelor’s from Bethany College and her master’s and doctorate from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.
Holmquist taught in Los Angeles, Calif., Mt. Vernon, Ky. and Marquette, Kan. before beginning as an adjunct instructor at Bethany College. She served as chair of the Education Department from 2000-2007 and now is the elementary education coordinator and serves as the Licensure officer for the college. Holmquist is the recipient of the Rohm Distinguished Professor.
Holmquist teaches a variety of courses for the Education Department including introduction to teaching, instructional technology, methods of teaching social studies in the elementary school, student teaching seminar and supervises elementary teaching majors in their clinical practice.
She is on Faculty Senate, Assessment Committee and serves as the representative to ACCK (Associated Colleges of Central Kansas) special education committee. In addition she served on the Licensure Review Committee for the Kansas State Dept. of Education and is now the representative to the Regulations Committee for KSDE.
Holmquist and her husband, Tom ’76, farm and ranch in the Smolan, Kan. area. She and her husband were the recipients of the award as Kansas Master Farmers in 2012. Her children are Ryan ‘05, Majkin ‘07 and John ‘14.
Carl Isaacson, professor of communication, has been at Bethany College since 2004.
Isaacson teaches classes in public speaking, rhetoric, mass communication, argumentation and human communication. His fields of interest include Swedish Americana. He has served as educator/curator of the Swedish American Museum Center in Chicago, and his research has been published in the Chronicle of Higher Education and American Communication Journal.
For the 2006 Messiah Festival of the Arts, Isaacson translated, adapted and directed a student production of “Barabbas” based on Pär Lagerkvist’s 1950 novel of the same title.
Isaacson received his Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Minnesota, Minn. He also holds a M.Div. with a major in Parish Ministry from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C.
Randy Jirak has been with Bethany since 2007 and is responsible for supervising all campus facilities operations including maintenance, housekeeping, grounds and security. He is a 1983 graduate of Kansas Technical Institute with and an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering technology.
Prior to coming to Bethany, he has held several positions including a design technician/procurement for Estes Engineering, maintenance technician for REMA Bakeware, maintenance supervisor for Grede Foundries, maintenance consultant for US Foundries and as a self-employed home remodeler.
He is a church council member and property committee chair for Elim Lutheran Church and an active member in the Marquette Lion’s Club.