The 2013-2014 season is Head Coach Clair Oleen’s 35th season on the sidelines in Hahn Gymnasium, two years as the late George Stephens’ assistant coach (earning KCAC titles in 1980 and 1981) and 12 years as the women’s basketball head coach (winning 208 games, one KCAC title, 10 NAIA play-off appearances and numerous national rankings).
Oleen now enters his 21st season as head coach of the men’s basketball program.
During his time as men’s coach, the Swedes have won 267 games, won three KCAC Tournament Championships, earned several national rankings and qualified for three NAIA National Tournaments. The 2003 team played in the NAIA National Championship game, finishing as national runners-up. That year Oleen was honored as the NAIA Division II Coach of the Year, while the team was honored by then Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius, with a state proclamation on April 10, 2003.
Oleen earned his 450th head coaching win at Bethany in the 2011-2012 as his teams have amassed 475 total wins.
Oleen insists that the reason for all the Bethany wins over the years is the fact that he has been blessed with good players, good people, and good assistant coaches.
As a basketball player, Oleen was a two-year starter and a captain at Barton County Community College before he joined the Swedes at Bethany. In a Swede uniform he earned All-KCAC, All-District 10 of NAIA, and All-Lutheran honors nationally. He was a Bethany co-captain for the 1976-77 KCAC co-champion team, while he also received the Most Valuable Swede award. Following his college playing days, Oleen received numerous AAU basketball awards, including induction into the Kansas Independent Basketball Tournament Hall of Fame.
He received his bachelor’s degree in 1977 from Bethany College and his master’s in physical education from Kansas State University.
Oleen and his wife, Jerrine, have two adult children, Nathan and Andrea.
Warren Olson joined the Bethany College Advancement Office in 2007. He graduated from Bethany in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health. After graduation, Olson taught and coached in Herington, Kan. He has also served as the executive director at the Salina Family YMCA and has also held marketing positions in the Xerox Corporation.
Olson and his wife, Lynnda (Peterson) ’72, have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Paula Patterson received her Bachelor’s degree in performance from the University of Iowa where she was a student of Betty and Roger Mather. She has done additional study with Dr. Frances Shelly of Wichita State University.
Patterson is Instructor of Flute at Bethany College. She has maintained a private teaching studio since 1979. She is currently principal flute with the Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra and the Bethany College Community Orchestra. She is a member of the woodwind trio, Trablas. She has served as clinician and adjudicator in the Central Kansas area.
University of Iowa: Bachelors of Music
Pavlovich has been involved with athletics for the past 13 years, serving as the athletic director and head women’s basketball coach at MacMurray College, a NCAA Division III college, for the past three years, and the associate athletic director and head women’s basketball coach at Stephens College for five years. Some of his duties included helping facilitate the growth of the ten athletic programs at MacMurray College, focused on athletic recruiting efforts, enhanced the athletic facilities and worked with Alumni and Institutional Advancement on fundraising. In addition, Pavlovich served as the athletic director and head basketball coach at Linn High School in Linn, Mo., for three years and was a basketball player and JV basketball coach for Kansas Wesleyan University.
Pavlovich has served as a student-athlete tutor and supervisor at Kansas State University. He has run or participated in numerous basketball camps in Ohio, Missouri, and Kansas.
Pavlovich received his Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Kansas State University and his M.B.A. from Stephens College, Columbia, Mo.
Since completing her doctorate from the Ohio State University in 2010, Na Peng moved to Lindsborg, Kan. and has been working as the assistant professor of mathematics ever since. Over the past several years, Peng has taught a variety of math courses as well as working as the advisor for students majoring in math and math education. Special interests include fractals, measure theory and math education.
Joyce Pigge is a professor of political ccience at Bethany College. As a member of the Bethany College faculty since 1970, she is the History/Political Science Department Chair. She coordinates the social studies teaching major and is the pre-law advisor.
At Bethany College, Pigge teaches classes in government, constitutional history, constitutional law, international relations, comparative government and sports law.
Pigge is the Bethany College faculty athletics representative and is Eligibility Chair of the Kansas Collegiate Athletics Conference and the Midlands Collegiate Athletics Conference. Pigge has also served Bethany as head women’s basketball coach, head volleyball coach, and head softball coach.
Pigge received the Bethany College Teaching Award in 1991, the Bethany Distinguished Service Award in 2003, the Meredith Humphreys Teaching and Service to Students Award in 2006 and the NAIA Wally Schwartz Award as Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year in 2009.
Twice, Pigge was a member of the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University (England). Her work has been presented at the Second Annual National Conference on Legal Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, The University of Kansas Hall Center for the Humanities program, Conference of the Association of the Lutheran College Faculties and an Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association.
Pigge holds a D.A. in Government from Lehigh University. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Maryville College and an A.A. from Mt. Vernon Community College, now Rend Lake College.
Pigge has done further study at the Washington University School of Law, Washburn University School of Law and Southern Illinois University. She also has interned with the U.S. House of Representatives, the Illinois House and with McPherson/Harvey County Court Services
Ed Pogue teaches courses in design, sculpture, visual art and web design. He is represented nationally by “A” Gallery of Art in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over the past few years, Pogue has exhibited his sculpture at Finer Things Gallery in Nashville, Tenn., and in downtown Wichita, Kan.
Prior to arriving at Bethany in 1999, Pogue was the Facilities Manager and an Assistant Director of the Sculpture Center at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Claudio Re, Ph.D., is an advocate for universal music literacy, believing that enduring relationships with music and other arts strengthens all relationships, personal as well as professional, and provides avenues for expression of the artistic self that is inherent in each of us. His strong beliefs about the enduring benefits of music’s relationship with the community come from his Italian heritage and long association with Italian community bands
Re received a diploma in trombone performance from the Luca Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia, Italy, a Master of Art in instrumental conducting from the University of Northern Iowa, where he studied with Dr. Ronald Johnson, and his doctorate in musicology from the University of Florida. He has previously served as visiting assistant professor of music at Kenyon College in Ohio.
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.