Yoder new assistant to Oleen at Bethany

By Steve Sell
August 04, 2016
Bethany College Sports Information

LINDSBORG — Bradlee Yoder is Clair Oleen’s new right-hand man at Bethany College.

Yoder was announced on Wednesday as the new assistant coach to Oleen for the Bethany men’s basketball program.

Yoder has been at the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Ky., an NAIA Division I program where he was a graduate assistant for two years after having served as 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,” Yoder said. “I think it is a tremendous time to be a Swede and look forward to working with coach Oleen.” 

"We are pleased to have coach Bradlee Yoder join our coaching staff here at Bethany College,” Oleen said. “Coach Yoder joins us from the University of Pikeville in Kentucky, which has been a very prominent NAIA D-1 basketball program with National Tournament appearances in each of the four years that coach Yoder was part of their staff.”

Yoder obtained a bachelor's degree 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 U-Pike as well as from other coaches in the Mid-South Conference,” Oleen said. “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 daughters’ athletic exploits and continues to grow his very successful business in Minneapolis, Kan.”