Bethany Head Softball Coach Janice Esses and Head Tennis Coach Vic Bateman have been named KCAC Coaches of the Year.
Esses, a 2001 Bethany graduate, has coached the softball program since 2002. Her overall record in ten seasons is 231-231. In her first three years, Esses coached the Swedes to a regular season conference championship, a conference tournament championship, and an appearance in the NAIA tournament. This year, the softball team finished the season ranking first in the conference with a 12-4 record and third in the conference tournament. Eleven players earned all-conference honors, including Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.
Bateman is in his eighth season with Bethany College’s tennis program. The men’s team completed its 2011 season undefeated in conference play with a record of 8-0 and 21-3 overall. Seven players earned all-conference honors, including Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Bateman’s overall record is 116-36. Under his leadership, men’s tennis has won eight consecutive conference championships and made seven consecutive national tournament appearances.
“Janice and Vic are certainly deserving of the Coach of the Year award since their teams led the conference the entire year,” says Athletic Director Jon Daniels. “I know both of these coaches work extremely hard to recruit the players, and then they work just as hard to make them a team and also develop their individual skills. We are proud of what they have accomplished this year and look for more championships in years to come. Bethany is very fortunate to have both of these coaches on our staff.”
Bethany College competes in 18 intercollegiate sports in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, including college sponsored cheer and dance teams. Since 1902, Bethany has won 149 conference championships. Bethany College supports the National Association of Intercollegiate Association (NAIA) Champions of Character program. NAIA Champions of Character is the association’s innovative flagship program designed to instill character values in student-athletes, coaches and youth in the communities it serves. The five core values are integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.