LINDSBORG — Keith Ferguson is coming home.
The Lindsborg native and Bethany College alumnus was announced on Monday as the Swedes’ new head women’s basketball coach, a hiring that could signal a turnaround for a Bethany program that has struggled in recent years after being a KCAC power for a couple of decades.
He replaces the recently resigned Brett Morehouse, who led the team to a 10-19 record last year, which was his best mark during his time.
“As a Lindsborg native and BC alum, coach Ferguson has intimate knowledge of all of the benefits of a Bethany education," Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich said. "He has the skills and connections to be able to recruit quality student-athletes to our women's basketball team. Keith has coached at a variety of levels and he has had success at every stop in his coaching career."
Ferguson has the pedigree to shake up the KCAC immediately. He’s been an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level for the past two years at Fresno State University, where his teams were 44-21. Fresno was a two-time participant in the Women’s NIT Championships.
Before his time at Fresno, he coached collegiately for nine years. He was an assistant at Hutchinson Community College during the 2011-12 season when the team finished with a 36-1 record and was the national runner-up at the NJCAA Tournament. Five players from this team received Division I offers.
He was head coach for Brown Mackie College from 2007-09 and then Barton Community College from 2009-11. He compiled a 94-50 (.653) overall record, led Brown Mackie to the program's first 20-win season and coached his Barton squad to a 21-11 overall record and a Jayhawk Conference runner-up finish.
“I am very excited and humbled for the opportunity to return to my hometown and alma mater," Ferguson said in a press release. "When I was a kid I grew up watching the Swedes play and know the level of pride and passion this community and alumni have for Bethany College. After speaking with Dane Pavlovich and President (Will) Jones, I knew I wanted to be a part of what was happening at this institution. Bethany has had a great tradition in women's basketball and I hope we can build a program that everyone will be proud of."
"Throughout our conversations during the search process, Keith provided a vision for the Swede women's basketball team that will allow our program to continue to grow in prominence at the conference level. We are very excited have Keith back as a Swede," Pavlovich said.