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
Rhys Pihl enters her first season as assistant women’s basketball coach for the Swedes.
Pihl is a 2008 graduate of Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg, Kan. She was a three-time unanimous All-League selection in both basketball and volleyball, and was named All-State in basketball her junior and senior years.
Pihl attended Bethany College from 2008-2010, Fort Hays State University from 2010-2011, and Kansas Wesleyan University from 2011-2012.
While at Bethany, Pihl was a unanimous 1st Team All-KCAC selection as a freshman and sophomore, leading the Swedes in scoring both years. She averaged 13.4 points per game as a freshman, and a KCAC-leading 18.8 points per game as a sophomore. In her two-year career at Bethany, Pihl scored 967 points.
During her junior season at FHSU, Pihl appeared in all 26 games, averaging 6.8 points per game and playing 17.2 minutes per game. She led FHSU in scoring in two different contests: November 20 versus Nebraska-Kearney (17 points) and January 5 versus Central Missouri (15 points).
Her senior year at KWU, Pihl averaged 8.7 points per game and 29.7 minutes per game. She tallied 92 total rebounds, 99 assists, and 44 steals.
Pihl has worked as a private basketball instructor, MAYB coach, summer league basketball camp instructor, and Bethany College and KWU basketball camp instructor. In addition, she was assistant manager and a certified lifeguard of the Lindsborg Swimming Pool from 2011-2012, giving both group and private swim lessons. Pihl has been a member of the Kansas National Education Association, the honor roll, and a Salemsborg Lutheran Church youth group member.
Pihl graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education, with an endorsement in special education, and is currently a kindergarten teacher at Cottonwood Elementary in Salina, Kan. She is the daughter of Roger and Jill Pihl, and has two siblings, Jade and Greyson. Rhys and Jade played together while at Bethany. Pihl’s grandfather, George Stephens, is a member of the Kansas Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame, and coached at Bethany College for 26 years, in which Stephens Court in Hahn Gym is named after him. Pihl’s mother and uncle also played basketball at Bethany.
Bethany College announces Kenneth Pitts as Director of Football Performance.
Pitts previously worked as a Volunteer Strength and Conditioning Coach at The Ohio State University, assisting with daily operations of various sports as assigned by the Associate Strength Coach. In addition, he served as a Strength and Conditioning Assistant for the NFL for two years, assisting with the design, development, and monitoring of the athletes’ programs.
Pitts holds numerous licenses and certifications: Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), Certified Flexband Trainer, and CPR/AED.
He has worked as a Massage Therapist at Massage Envy since April 2012, and has also served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach/Consultant, both at Next Level Fitness and Training since 2011 and as a Self-Employed Consultant since 2007. In addition, Pitts worked as an Adjunct Professor at Columbus State Community College for two years, instructing students in the Sport and Exercise Science program.
Pitts has pioneered and performed personal training services for Capital University Fitness (CAP Fit), receiving the Exercise Science Award from Capitol University. He was also a Sports Performance Coach for Max Sports Institute Extreme QB School and Max Sports Institute Football Academy High School Football Combine.
Pitts holds a Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Rehabilitation Science from California University of Pennsylvania. He also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Exercise Science from Capital University (OH).
Juliann Plimpton joined Bethany College in 2013 as an athletic trainer and residence director. Originally from Gladstone, Mich., Plimpton received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training with minors in chemistry and biology from North Park University in Chicago. She received a master’s degree in education from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan.
Prior to Bethany, Plimpton worked as an athletic trainer for Southwestern College where her primary responsibilities were men and women’s soccer, track and field, and JV athletics. She was also the advisor for Southwestern College Athletic Training Society for two years. In addition, she worked campus security while at Southwestern.
In her free time, Plimpton enjoys watching movies, reading books and going camping.
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.
Julia Pogue teaches Elementary and Intermediate Spanish courses at Bethany College. She is fluent in Spanish, English and French. Pogue obtained her B.A. from California State University, San Bernardino.
Pogue began working as an adjunct at Bethany in Fall 1999, and has also taught summer courses at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kan. Her interests include cultural studies: specifically by reading novels or watching films in one of the three languages in which she is fluent.
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.
Andrea Ring began working as an adjunct professor at Bethany College in the spring of 2009. In the fall of 2009, she joined the faculty full-time. Ring became chair of the psychology department in fall 2013.
Ring received her Bachelors of Science in psychology in 2002 from Fort Hays State University and her Masters of Science in clinical psychology in 2005, also from Fort Hays State University.
Ring worked as a clinical psychotherapist at Salina Regional Health Center in the Intensive Outpatient Program for four years prior to teaching. She continues to maintain her professional license and work in field of mental health.
At Bethany, she teaches classes in general psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, counseling and behavior modification. Ring helped to establish the new addiction counseling major in 2012 and currently functions as the program coordinator. She also serves as the faculty sponsor for the Bethany College Psychology Club.
Professor Riordan earned her bachelor of arts degree at Bethany College in English and music with a theatre minor and a master of arts degree in English at University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at Texas Christian University.
Robinett has served as the assistant cheerleading coach at Hutchinson Community College for the past year. Beginning in 1999, he attended Hutchinson for two years and was the captain of the cheerleading team. Robinett received the Ambassador of the Year award and earned his associates of arts degree in May 2001.
Before coaching at Hutchinson Community College, Robinett was the interim head coach and captain of the cheerleading team at Oklahoma State University. He competed for six years at NCA Collegiate Cheerleading Nationals, with a third place finish his last two years. Robinett was also the men’s basketball strength and conditioning volunteer and a Share the Wealth Peer Educator.
After successfully graduating from OSU, Robinett worked as the sports performance coach at Cris Carter’s FAST program in Coral Springs, Fla. He coached athletes in speed dynamics and jump technique and developed strength programs. Robinett assisted in preparation training for the NFL Combine. He then was the director of sports performance at All-Star Sports in Paisley, Fla. He provided nutritional guidance to athletes, developed NFL Combine preparation programs and assisted college and NFL coaches with specific drills. Robinett has also worked as a personal trainer at LifeTime Fitness and Genesis Health Clubs in Plano, Texas, and Salina, Kan.
Robinett is CPR/AED, First Aid certified and lifeguard certified. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Robinett earned his Bachelor of Science in nutrition and exercise and Master of Science in applied exercise science from Oklahoma State University.