Oleen tackling new duties at Bethany

By Steve Sell
June 02, 2017

LINDSBORG — Clair Oleen may be retired as Bethany College men’s basketball coach, but he’s going to contribute to the college in other ways.

According to an announcement on Thursday, Oleen is joining the school’s Institutional Advancement Office as Director of Development.

May 31 was his first day on the job.

Oleen spent 38 years as a Bethany coach, first as an assistant to George Stephens for the men before taking over as women’s head coach. He succeeded Stephens as men’s coach after his retirement. Overall, he won 541 games while at Bethany. He is the winningest coach for both the men’s and women’s programs.

Oleen will raise monies for the Bethany Annual Fund and will work on special fundraising tasks.

“Clair joining the Advancement/Alumni office is a win for Bethany as a whole,” Vice President for Advancement David Earle said in a news release. “The many relationships he has developed over decades will provide a great foundation for Clair to build on as we all pull together to move Bethany forward and upward.”

“I am hopeful that Clair’s commitment to Bethany, and his strong connections with our alumni and friends, will result in many philanthropic victories for today’s students,” Bethany president Will Jones said in the news release.

“It’s about the people,” Oleen said in the news release. “When you have a program, you have to surround yourself with good people. It doesn’t matter if it’s a business, if it’s a sports team or a college. Your greatest resource is your people.”