NORTH NEWTON — The coaching shuffle continues at Bethel College.
Head softball coach Stacy Middleton will move over and become the head volleyball coach, replacing Scott Weston who recently resigned. Middleton will still be with the softball program as associate head coach, while her husband David — formerly the assistant coach — has been promoted to head coach.
Here is part of a press release from the Bethel College athletic department:
Stacy (Koontz) Middleton has long experience with the Bethel volleyball program, first as a player and later as an assistant coach.
She is a 1995 graduate of Bethel College with a degree in health and physical education and elementary education, with a coaching minor.
As a Bethel student, she participated in both volleyball and track and field. She was a two-year letterwinner in volleyball as a defensive specialist and a four-year letterwinner in track.
She was a member of KCAC volleyball championship teams as a sophomore (1992) and a senior (1994). On the track and field team, Middleton was a standout javelin thrower. She owns the women's javelin record for the KCAC Championship meet.
She also qualified for the NAIA National Track and Field Championships her sophomore, junior and senior years, finishing fifth, third and seventh, respectively.
She returned to Bethel in 2007 as assistant volleyball coach. She remained in that position until 2012 and was part of the 2008 KCAC championship team.
In 2011, she started Bethel's softball program. She will continue into the seventh season as associate head coach.
"I am thrilled with this opportunity to return to the volleyball program while still being involved with the softball team.," Middleton said. "I'm blessed to be part of both programs and I am looking forward to the challenge of bringing the volleyball team back to its winning tradition and continuing the record-breaking seasons of the softball team. What a great time to be a Thresher.”
"Bethel's volleyball program is rooted deep for many proud alumni," Bethel AD Tony Hoops said. "As I began this search, I had a goal to bring back its strong tradition with someone who knows and understands what this program is all about.
"Stacy is someone I reached out to from the very beginning, and I am very pleased to have her be the face of Bethel volleyball going forward. As an alumna of the program, both as a player and assistant coach, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the position that I believe will help revive this program very quickly."
David Middleton is a 1992 graduate of Sterling College, where he was a two-sport athlete in baseball and football. He has a B.A. in behavioral science with a minor in physical education and coaching.
He has many years of baseball and softball coaching experience, leading his 2011 and 2012 U18 softball teams to consecutive state championships and the 2012 team to a 7th-place finish at nationals. While coaching club ball, he helped develop many players who have gone on to compete at all college levels, including NCAA D-1.
As a recruiter, he has been associated with the Bethel softball program since its existence. He served as an assistant for the past three years, as outfield and hitting coach, and strength and conditioning coach.
He is certified through the National Exercise and Strength Trainers Association (NESTA).
"I am excited to step into the role as head softball coach," David Middleton said. "The vision that Stacy has set will not change for Bethel softball. It's great to still have Stacy's stability as the associate head coach and still be involved in all aspects of the program. I am very proud to be a part of such a great program that is headed for excellence. I want to thank Tony Hoops and [Interim] President John Sheriff for entrusting me to continue to lead this strong women's program."
Bethel still has an opening for a head women’s basketball coach.