LINDSBORG — Former Kansas State football player Joe Gordon has been named as the new co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Bethany College.
"I have known Joe Gordon since his playing days at K-State and have followed him throughout his career path with great admiration," second-year Bethany head coach Manny Matsakis said. "His passion, experience and knowledge are a welcome addition to our coaching staff as we embark on the next chapter of Bethany Swedes football. Coach Gordon will be responsible for our secondary as well as coordinating the defense with Jarrod Wirt in the upcoming season."
Gordon comes to Bethany College from Garden City Community College, where he was co-defensive coordinator, leading a stingy Buster defense to a No. 1 total defense ranking in the Jayhawk Conference. Gordon also led a ‘Buster secondary unit that would go on to lead the Jayhawk Conference and finish with a pass game defense that was ranked No. 2 in the NJCAA. All four defensive backs in Gordon's secondary unit earned All-Conference honors.
Gordon returned Kansas State University in 2009 as the Director of Recruiting Operations. He oversaw every aspect of player recruiting before exiting in 2012 to take a graduate assistant position at Mississippi College, coaching the secondary.
Gordon received his bachelor's degree in criminology from Kansas State University in 1996. Gordon spent the 1997 season with the St. Louis Rams, followed by a season in NFL Europe in 1998, where he played for the Rhein Fire.
Gordon brings energy and passion to the game along with experience from his playing days under Bob Stoops. Gordon had a celebrated playing career at Kansas State. His sophomore season in 1994, Gordon became the first sophomore cornerback since 1984 to earn first-team All-Conference honors after he totaled 50 tackles and 11 pass breakups. He followed that with a 48-tackle junior season with 13 pass breakups, earning All-American honors. As a junior, Gordon allowed just 12 completions after lining up in man coverage a total of 332 times and helped the Wildcat pass defense rank third nationally with a 136.8 yard-per-game average through the air.
He is a native of Fort Worth, Tex. He and his wife Angela have four sons; LeAndrew, Sergio, Xavier and Diesel.