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BETHANY ANNOUNCES ATHLETIC STAFF CHANGES
July 6 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College President Dr. Scott Miller and Director of Athletics and Recreation Tim Weaver are pleased to announce new staffing for the 2009-10 academic year.
Dr. Erich Lippman, Faculty Athletics Representative – Dr. Lippman will oversee issues involving student-athlete welfare in his new position, which is required by the NCAA and PAC and serves as a liaison between the athletic and academic interests of the College, as well as a representative of the institution in PAC and NCAA affairs. He is also an Assistant Professor of History at the College.
Megan Lowry, Head Athletic Trainer – Lowry was promoted to head athletic trainer after three years as the assistant at Bethany. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training from West Virginia University. Lowry is a member of three training associations, including the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), and will continue to teach in Bethany’s physical education/sports studies program.
Corey Wingen, Assistant Athletic Trainer – Wingen joins the Bison staff after spending the last two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky, where he earned his Master of Science degree. He also earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Ohio Northern. Wingen will also teach in the physical education/sports studies department.
Andrew Sachs, Head Men’s Basketball/Men’s Tennis Coach – Sachs comes to Bethany after spending the last five years as an assistant basketball coach at Holy Cross, who he helped lead to four appearances in the Patriot League championship game, the 2007 NCAA Tournament and a berth in the NIT in 2005. He has coached at Division I, II, and III institutions during his career, including stints at Salisbury, his alma mater, and Virginia Wesleyan, where he coached the men’s tennis program for four years, at the Division III level.
Matt Abel, Head Men’s & Women’s Cross Country/Assistant Men’s & Women’s Track & Field Coach – An Academic All-American during this running career at Wheeling Jesuit, Abel was an assistant at Wheeling Park High School for more than four years and helped the Patriots claim six OVAC Class 4A Track championships (four boys, two girls), five OVAC Class 4A Cross Country titles (three boys, two girls) and two West Virginia Boys’ Class AAA State Cross Country Championships.
Jan Forsty, Head Women’s Tennis Coach – Forsty becomes the full-time women’s tennis coach at Bethany after serving as the interim coach in 2008 and leading the Bison to a pair of victories, their first since 2005. She is also the associate athletic director at the school, as well as the head softball coach, where she’s built an overall coaching record of 571-364-3, led Bethany to 12 PAC championships and nine postseason appearances, including back-to-back trips in 2008 (NCAA) and 2009 (ECAC).
Matt Drahos, Head Men’s & Women’s Golf Coach – Drahos takes over the golf programs after serving as an assistant in 2009 and helping the Bison men’s team earn second place at the Waynesburg Invitational and finish fifth at PAC Championships. He is also in his second year as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program, which he helped guide to a 17-12 record last winter and earn an ECAC Tournament berth, the Bison’s fifth consecutive postseason appearance.
Joel Blesch, Assistant Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Coach – A 2009 graduate of Lock Haven University, Blesch is entering his initial season on John McGowan’s coaching staff. He swam for two years at Mercyhurst-North East, where he was a 10-time NJCAA National Championship qualifier and All-America Honorable Mention selection in the 200 Breaststroke (05-06). He transferred to Lock Haven and served as a student assistant coach last season and has also assisted at the University of Texas Swim Camp each of the last two summers.
Julia Davis, Assistant Volleyball Coach – Davis joins the Bethany staff after two seasons as an assistant at Laurel Highlands High School in Uniontown, Pa., where she helped lead the Mustangs to a section title in 2008. This is her second tenure as an assistant under current Bison head coach Courtney Kline, who is in her third season at BC. The first came in 2005-06 when Davis was on Kline’s staff at Penn State-Fayette and helped the Roaring Lions capture back-to-back PSUAC championships.
J.T. Mylan, Assistant Football Coach – Mylan is in his first season on the football staff after graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan in May with a degree in health and physical education. He was a four-year letterman along the offensive line for then-Bobcat head coach Bill Struble, now the defensive coordinator at Bethany. Mylan will coach the defensive line for the Bison.
Laura Hardt, Cheerleading Advisor – Hardt is in her first year as the advisor for the cheerleaders at Bethany. A cheerleader in high school, she is married to Bethany's Assistant Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts Luke Hardt.