Aug. 11 - BETHANY, W.Va. – With the start of the 2008-09 school year just weeks away, the Bethany College athletic department has announced six new assistant coaches who will be filling out their respective programs’ staffs this season.
The Bison football program welcomes two new assistants to head coach Tim Weaver’s staff. New running backs coach Tom Murphy comes to Bethany from Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) College, where he served as a student assistant wide receivers coach and the Yellow Jackets’ junior varsity offensive coordinator in 2007. That came after a four-year career at B-W where he caught 59 career passes for 1,052 yards as a wide receiver. Murphy, who was just the 20th receiver in school history to surpass 1,000 career receiving yards, helped the Yellow Jackets to a 10-1 record and reach the second round of the NCAA playoffs as a freshman.
Murphy graduated from Baldwin-Wallace in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and education and is pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership from West Virginia University.
Marcus Wilder is also new to Coach Weaver’s staff, as he enters his first year coaching the defensive backs. Although he is new to Bethany, Wilder is in his seventh season as a coach. He spent 2007 as the DB coach at Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina, which came after a two-year stretch as a graduate assistant coach working with the defensive backs at Florida International University. Other stops in Wilder’s coaching career include one season as the defensive backs coach at Hampden-Sydney (Va.) College and two years at Monacan High School in Virginia.
Wilder’s playing career included three seasons as a walk-on defensive back at the University of Miami (Fla.). He was a member of the 1998 Hurricane squad which went 9-3 and scored a 46-23 victory over North Carolina State in the Micron PC Bowl. He graduated from Miami in 2002 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and earned a master’s degree in sports management from Florida International in 2007.
One other coach will be starting her Bethany career this fall, as Molly Klink is the new assistant for head coach Courtney Kline’s volleyball program. Klink was a standout at East Liverpool High School, earning OVAC Player of the Year honors in 2003 after leading the Potters to the AAAA championship. Following her stellar high school career, Klink went on to play at PAC rival Thiel, where she played for three seasons and earned Honorable Mention All-PAC once.
Klink, who graduated magna cum laude from Thiel in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology, resides in Wellsburg, W.Va.
Both Bethany basketball programs wills have new assistants this season. On the women’s side, head coach Rebecca Upton brought in Ellie Geiger from Mount Union (Ohio) College, a four-year letterwinner for the Purple Raiders. Geiger played in 105 career games, including 81 starts at point guard, and helped Mount Union reach the OAC Tournament semifinals each of the last two years while earning Honorable Mention All-OAC as a senior. A native of Beloit, Ohio, Geiger graduated from West Branch High School. On the hardwood, she was a captain and starting point guard on the 2004 Warriors squad which went 26-1 and captured the Ohio Division II State Championship.
Geiger graduated from Mount Union in May, 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology (concentration in criminal justice), while also earning a minor in psychology. She will be pursuing a master’s degree from WVU.
The new men’s basketball assistant isn’t really a new face at all, as Matt Drahos comes back to the program which he starred for from 2002-06. Drahos finished his career ranked second all-time in scoring with 1,930 career points and first in rebounding with 926 boards, while also leading Bethany to two PAC championships and a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament. As a senior, he was named PAC Player of the Year, as well as Second Team All-American by DIII News, after leading the conference in scoring (22.8) and finishing second in rebounding (8.3). Following that outstanding campaign, Drahos was also selected as one of 10 finalists for the Jostens Trophy, which is given to the Division III Player of the Year.
Prior to returning to serve on new Bethany head coach Mike Summey’s staff, Drahos had been an assistant at Allegheny (Pa.) College for two years. He helped the Gators post 12 victories in both seasons, which included an upset of perennial national power Wittenburg (Ohio) University in the NCAC Tournament quarterfinals in 2008, the first time the Tigers lost in the first round of the conference tournament in school history.
Drahos, who earned ESPN the Magazine First Team Academic All-American as a senior, graduated from Bethany in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He was the first men’s basketball player and just the fifth student-athlete in Bison history to receive First Team Academic All-American distinction.
The final addition to the Bethany staff is joining head coach Jan Forsty’s softball program. Kristen McGaughey finished her career at Division II Ashland (Ohio) University ranked third in career home runs (19) and fifth in career RBIs (99). She earned First Team All-Great Lakes Region and Second Team All-GLIAC as a junior in 2007 after slugging 11 home runs and driving in 38 while batting .355. As a senior, she hit three home runs and had 32 RBIs to receive Honorable Mention all-conference honors.
McGaughey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Ashland.