Bethany College will honor Athletic Hall of Honor inductees, Alumni Coach of the Year, and Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit recipients during the Fall Alumni Awards Recognition on Oct. 6 at noon in Stroble-Gibson Center.
The four alumni who will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor are Jeff Edwards ’01, Brice Leon ’73 (awarded posthumously), Leland Nelson ’79, and Jodi Strathman ’03. The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Honor gives recognition to individuals whose performance on the athletic field during their time at Bethany College was noteworthy and exemplary of high standards for which Bethany College athletics historically have been known.
Current Bethany College Head Softball Coach Janice Esses ’01 will be awarded Alumni Coach of the Year. This award was established in order to recognize the individual Bethany College former student or graduate who has directed and coached a secondary or collegiate varsity sport team or teams to a level of performance which is recognized as outstanding by those associated with that particular varsity sport.
The Bethany Athletic Association Award of Merit will be awarded to A. John and Carol Pearson and Bud and Cheryl Rothgeb. Each year the BAA gives recognition to active members of the association who have demonstrated meritorious service to youth or their careers.
The lunch will be catered by Brookville Hotel. Community members are invited to attend; to make reservations, call the Alumni Office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8270, by Sept. 20. The lunch follows Bethany Sunday at Bethany Lutheran Church beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ends Bethany’s Homecoming weekend.