WICHITA — Dion Meneley has been named the new head football coach at Friends University, replacing Monty Lewis.
Lewis recently was fired after 14 seasons.
Meneley was hired by Friends as an assistant football coach in February and now has been promoted.
Meneley spent five years at Hutchinson Community College as the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. His defenses included six NJCAA All-Americans and 31 All-Jayhawk Conference performers. In 2012, the Blue Dragons led the JJC in pass defense scoring, they were second in total defense and second in rush defense.
The 2014 Blue Dragons captured the program's first conference title and had its highest final national ranking of No. 4 after a record 11-1 season.
The Topeka native was an assistant coach at Fort Hays State University, where he was the defensive coordinator for the Tigers in 2011. He also coached the defensive line. Before that, he spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Southwestern College in Winfield.
He was a two-time All-MIAA selection at outside linebacker and one-time All-MIAA selection at defensive end for Pittsburg State. During his playing career, he was a part of three MIAA championships and the 1995 team that finished as the NCAA Division ll runner-up. He was a team captain for the Gorillas in 1999.
Meneley received his bachelor's degree in general studies from Pittsburg State University and his master's degree in leadership from Southwestern College.