Morehouse will take over as Head Women’s Basketball Coach for the 2013-2014 season.
Morehouse has served as the assistant men’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Montana-Western for the past two years. During last year’s season, the UM-Western team posted a 25-10 overall record, tied for the Frontier Conference regular-season title, and advanced to the round of sixteen at the NAIA Men’s Division I National Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. This year’s team went 24-10 and advanced to the Elite 8 quarterfinals of the NAIA Men’s Division I National Tournament.
Since 2009, Morehouse has also worked in the UM-Western Student Support Services department as the TRiO Retention Specialist. Morehouse’s previous roles at UM-Western include assistant women’s basketball coach, sports information director, and head women’s junior varsity coach, when he compiled a 10-4 overall record and completed the first ten-win season for the program.
Before UM-Western, Morehouse coached at Victor High School from 2004 to 2007, leading the boys’ basketball program to its first divisional tournament appearance in four years and the girls’ basketball program to its first divisional tournament appearance in over eight. Morehouse also developed the “Little Pirate” basketball program for second through fifth grade students and has instructed numerous basketball camps.
Morehouse earned his Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Montana-Western and his Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Grand Canyon University.
A native of Aurora, Colo., Laura (Christopher) Moreno attended Lamar Community College where she received her associate of arts degree before transferring to Bethany College. She graduated magna cum laude from Bethany in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management.
Moreno was a softball player for the Swedes, earning first-team and second-team All-KCAC honors as a second baseman and designated player. She was an NAIA Academic Scholar Athlete, a member of Beta Tau Sigma Honorary Scholastic Society, and on the Academic Dean’s Honor Roll. While attending school, she worked as a student assistant to the director of communications and sports information director. Upon graduation, Moreno was an assistant softball coach at Bethany before moving on to a head coaching position at Brown Mackie College in Salina for the last three years.
Moreno has also worked for Rocking M Radio out of Salina as a radio personality and as a freelance sports reporter at the Lindsborg News Record.
Moreno and her husband Jose reside in Lindsborg.
John Mullen, Ph.D., is a retired U.S. Naval Reserve Commander, who earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and specializes in epistemology and philosophies of religion and science. He has previously taught at St. Gregory’s University, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Valparaiso University. Mullen began at Bethany in 2012.
Natalie Nelson joined the Bethany College Staff in the summer of 2012. She is a native to Lindsborg, Kan. After graduating from Kansas State University, she lived and worked in St. Louis for five years before deciding to move back to Lindsborg. Natalie also works in the cafeteria at Bethany College. Outside of work she is involved in Broadway R.F.D. and the Lindsborg Folkdanslag.
Gretchen Norland has been an assistant professor of secondary education at Bethany College since 2012. Norland teaches education courses in classroom management, middle and secondary methods, foundations of education, and educational psychology. Norland received her Masters of Arts in education from Baker University in 2009. She has taught as an adjunct instructor for Baker University. Norland is also a former graduate of Bethany College, earning her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in English education in 1979.
Norland has 32 years of teaching experience in USD 400, Smoky Valley. She is certified in K-9 elementary, 7-12 English, 5-8 history, and 7-12 psychology. Her teaching experiences also include virtual charter school and online instruction. Norland received leadership training at an ASCD conference in differentiated instruction and alternative assessments, and has given district presentations. She has served as co-chair of the Professional Learning Communities Social Studies Committee, North Central Accreditation in Reading Committee, and USD 400 District Steering Team.
At Bethany College, Norland is currently serving on the Curriculum Committee and is a member of the Teacher Education Committee. Norland is active in the Education Department accreditation and assessment process. On the ACCK council, she is the secondary coordinator of education representative for Bethany. Norland served on the Kansas Teacher of the Year State Selection Committee for the 2012-2013 year. She has been a member of the Bethany College Teacher Education Advisory Council since 2009.
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.