LINDSBORG — Logan Palenske is the new men’s and women’s tennis coach at Bethany College, the school announced on Tuesday.
He replaces Tony Swiantek.
Palenske will be taking over a men’s program that has been a longtime KCAC power, while the women’s program has struggled with numbers.
He played collegiately at Bethel.
"I am very excited to have Logan taking over our tennis programs," Dean of Athletics, Dane Pavlovich said in a release. "He has a great knowledge of the game and the KCAC, having a successful playing career in the league himself. He will be a great asset to our department and I am eager to see where he takes the programs."
Palenske is currently the head tennis professional at Genesis Health Clubs in Salina.
He was the Salina Lakewood Middle School head boys coach in 2016 and 2017 and the head girls coach in 2016. The 2017 boys combined for a perfect 199-0 match record.
Palenske was a three-time All-Conference selection at Bethel, two-time first-team selection, an NAIA All-American and the KCAC Newcomer of the Year. He was named the Bethel College Male Athlete of the Year as a junior, and runner-up as a senior. Palenske was also ranked in the ITA's Central Regions top 15 all three seasons, earning the highest ranking for a Thresher male in the history of the rankings.
"The Swedes tennis program is one of Bethany's crown jewels," Bethany College President Will Jones said. "Logan has the background, professional drive, and personality that will allow our tennis program to continue our strong tradition of excellence in the years to come."