BETHANY, W.Va. – Associate Director of Athletics Mike Worrell has been named head coach of the Bethany College men’s basketball program and will simultaneously serve as the Interim Athletic Director for the Fall 2021.

Mike WorrellWorrell becomes the 27th head coach in program history after spending the last three years as the associate director of athletics for the Bison. Last season, Worrell returned to the sidelines, serving as the men’s basketball assistant.

“We are pleased to appoint Mike Worrell as the head men’s basketball coach given his extensive experience in team development, competitive strategy and a commitment to our scholar-athletes success,” Bethany College President Tamara Nichols Rodenberg said.

Worrell, a native of Northwest Ohio, came to Bethany after spending 22 years roaming the sidelines as the Head Basketball Coach at Illinois College. His responsibilities not only included coaching, he also served as game administrator and an instructor in their physical education program.

“I want to thank President Rodenberg for giving me the opportunity to lead Bethany College’s men’s basketball program,” Worrell said. “I am humbled and excited for the chance to lead this program into the future.”

During his time in Jacksonville, Ill. Worrell was the two-time Midwest Conference Coach of the Year and led the Blueboys to the 2003 NCAA Tournament, the school’s first-ever trip. He has served on several campuswide and national committees including the building committee for the construction of the $22 million Bruner Recreation Center and the NABC Congress.

Prior to working at Illinois College, Worrell served as the assistant basketball coach at the College of Wooster, heading up the Succeeding As a Student-Athlete program. He has also spent time at Ashland University and Urbana University.

Worrell earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and History from Urbana University and his Master of Science degree in Education and Sport Sciences from Ashland University.


Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. It is the only NCAA Division III institution in the state of West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.