Nathalea Stephenson has served as Bethany College’s head volleyball coach since 2008. During that time, she has coached one All-American, 17 Academic All-Americans, 36 All-Conference Academic award winners, and one Conference Player of the Year. She has also won the American Volleyball Coaches Award for Academics based on team GPA for six consecutive years.
Stephenson has served as the rater for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and been on several national committees representing the conference, including the National Head Coaches Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in math education from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in physical education from Emporia State University.
Stephenson has a long history of involvement with schools in the KCAC. She previously coached at Bethany in 1997, at Kansas Wesleyan University as assistant coach, and at McPherson College from 2001 to 2008 as head volleyball coach and assistant athletic director. While at McPherson, Stephenson coached three Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes, 14 KCAC Scholar Athletes, and two teams that received the American Volleyball Coaches Association Academic Award for team GPA. She was also an instructor in the math and physical education departments.
Stephenson also has experience at the high school level and in club sports. She was the head volleyball coach at Great Bend High School, Ell-Saline High School, and Quivira Heights High School, and she helped start three club teams and organizations in Great Bend, Salina, and McPherson.
Stephenson is active with the Kansas Volleyball Coaches Association, coaching in all-star matches and having served as the secretary/treasurer, vice president, and president.
As a player, Swiantek was the #3 ranked junior in the state of Kansas. He also played four years of varsity tennis at Pratt High School, winning a 4A State Championship in doubles as a junior with a 37-0 record and finishing fifth in singles as a senior with a record of 34-1. In college, Swiantek played for two years at Barton County Community College then moved on to graduate from Division I Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He finished his senior campaign with the second highest win total in school history.
Danika Swoyer is the Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator for Bethany College @ MindFire Academy. She is responsible for the recruiting and admissions process at MindFire Academy. Prior to Bethany College, Swoyer was the Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau in Wichita, Kan.
Doug Talbott is the former director of bands at Bethany College were he directed the symphonic band, brass ensemble, jazz ensemble, Bethany College Blue Dozen, and was the coordinator of the music education program as well as chair of the Fine Arts Division.
Talbott previously taught in several Kansas public schools. In addition, he was head of the music department at Butler County Community College in El Dorado. Talbott received his bachelor’s of music education from Bethany College and his master’s of music education from Fort Hays State University. He has done additional graduate work at Morehead State University and Wichita State University. Talbott studied conducting with Lowell Burroughs of Bethany, Clarence Sawhill of UCLA, Al Wright of Purdue, and Lyle Dilley of Fort Hays State University.
Tischhauser, a native of Abilene, Kan., comes to Bethany from Marysville University of Saint Louis, where he recently graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in communication while competing as a member of the wrestling team. He was a 2014 Team Senior Captain, 2014 Senior Scholar Award winner (team award), and a 2013 starter.
Tischhauser served as the Head Camp Clinician at the Abilene Summer Champ Camp in 2013, where he developed and instructed a two-day the two day camp, teaching the fundamentals and basics of wrestling. He was also an Assistant Camp Clinician at the Maryville Wrestling Summer League in 2012 and 2013, providing instruction and technique sessions for Saint Louis and the surrounding area wrestlers and teams. In addition, Tischhauser helped with two days of wrestling instruction at the Westminster Christian Academy in Saint Louis, Mo.
Brittany Torres started working at Bethany in August 2008. She came to Bethany after receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from College of the Ozarks. She later chose to pursue a master’s degree in library science at Emporia State University, which she completed in August 2013.
Assistant Professor of English Kristin Van Tassel teaches classes in writing and American literature.
Her essays and poetry have been published in Alternet, Counterpunch, Mamazine, Transitions Abroad, Relief and World Hum, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her scholarly articles have appeared in American Studies, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and The Journal of Ecocriticism. Van Tassel has presented numerous papers at national literary conferences, including several for the Popular Culture and American Culture Conference and ASLE, the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.
Van Tassel received her Ph.D. from the Department of English at the University of Kansas. She holds an M.A. from the Department of English at California State University and a B.A. from the Department of Writing and Literature at George Fox University.
Van Tassel coordinates the honors program and serves as chair on the Bethany College Curriculum Committee. She is professionally associated with the National Council of Teachers of English and Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.
Wirt has been coaching for nine seasons with the Carroll College Saints football program in the Frontier Conference. Prior to coaching, Wirt played four years as a standout defensive back for the Saints from 2000 to 2004. He started 27 games during his final two years at Carroll College. As a player, the Saints won four Frontier Conference Championships and two NAIA National Championships.
For the past nine years, Wirt has coached on the defensive side of the football as well as special teams. The Saints won eight more Frontier Conference Championships and four National Championships during his coaching career at Carroll College. Wirt has coached five All-Americans, ten Academic All-Americans and 18 All-Conference players over the past seven years. He has also coached three William V. Campbell Trophy (Academic Heisman) honorees, two of which made semi-finals.
Wirt is a native of Havre, Mont., where he was an All-State athlete for the Havre Blue Ponies. Wirt graduated from Carroll College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education with a biology major and chemistry minor.