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.
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
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.