Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Former UPIKE Grad Assistant Bradlee Yoder Lands Job on Staff at Bethany College

Former University of Pikeville graduate assistant Bradlee Yoder has been hired to the staff at Bethany College.

Yoder will work as an assistant coach at Bethany, and NAIA program in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Here is a release from Bethany:

INDSBORG, Kan. – The Swedes Men's Basketball program announces the hiring of Bradlee Yoder as the program assistant coach. Yoder comes to Bethany from the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Ky. a NAIA division one program where he was a graduate assistant for the men's basketball program for two years and a student assistant for two years before that.

"I am blessed to be able to continue my coaching career at such a tremendous institution as Bethany College. I think it is a tremendous time to be a Swede and look forward to working with Coach Oleen," Yoder said.

Head Coach Clair Oleen said of Yoder; "We are pleased to have Coach Bradlee Yoder join our coaching staff here at Bethany College. Coach joins us from the University of Pikeville in Kentucky which has been a very prominent NAIA D1 basketball program with National Tournament appearances in each of the four years that Coach Yoder was part of their staff.

While in Kentucky, Yoder assisted and headed numerous activities within the program. This included; opponent scouting, assisting in fundraising, handled the primary scheduling duties including game guarantees, planning practice and game prep, and running day to day operations for the team.

Yoder helped coach the team to Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament titles in the 2013-14 season and a regular season title in the 2014-15 season. Yoder also helped coached thirteen all-conference players, twelve All-Americans and three consecutive conference players of the year.

Yoder obtained a bachelor's in 2015 in history and political science and a masters in 2016 in business administration both from University of Pikeville.

"Coach Yoder comes to us with high recommendations from Coach Kelly Wells of UPike as well as from other coaches in the Mid-South Conference. Coach Yoder succeeds Erik Shupe who did a great job for us this past season. Coach Shupe will still do some volunteer work for Bethany Basketball in the areas of Kansas recruiting, opponent scouting and game planning as he more closely follows his four daughter's athletic exploits and continues to grow his very successful business in Minneapolis, Kan.," Coach Oleen said.

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