McCormick named assistant softball coach at Bethany

By Steve Sell
October 22, 2014

LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s high-powered softball team has fortified its coaching staff with the addition of former McPherson College head coach Mike McCormick.

"I am fortunate to have two assistant coaches on my staff with head coaching experience," Bethany coach Janice Esses said. "Coach McCormick brings 16 years experience as a head coach at the collegiate level. I have had the opportunity to coach against coach McCormick's teams in the past, and they have always been a tough opponent. I am excited to have the opportunity to coach with him rather than against him. Mike has been a colleague and friend for many years. I am looking forward to working together on the same team."

McCormick 16 years as head softball coach at Mac. McCormick was designated head softball coach in spring of 1999, when the college instituted softball as a formal club sport. In 2000, the school established softball as an official intercollegiate sport.

McCormick was named KCAC Coach of the Year in 2003. That team won the KCAC regular season co-championship, which marked the first conference title for McPherson College in a women's sport in 25 years.

McCormick previously served as the KCAC softball chairperson and as the conference NAIA Region IV softball representative.

In addition, McCormick had an integral part of the management and development of the McPherson Lady Express, a summer softball program. In 2000, McCormick's Senior Lady Express team won the Kansas state title. Prior to his time at McPherson College, McCormick served as an assistant softball coach at McPherson High School for four years.

McCormick also works in the facilities department at Bethany College.