Swedes tab Hubbard as new football coach

By Steve Sell
December 17, 2014

LINDSBORG — The Bethany College Swedes have tapped the “Ted Tree” for their new football coach.

Paul Hubbard, who played under Hall of Fame Bethany coach Ted Kessinger in 2000 and 2001, was announced Tuesday as the Swedes’ new coach, replacing Manny Matsakis.

"Paul's coaching style and philosophy will lead to big things both on and off the field for the Swedes,” Bethany Athletic Director Dane Pavlovich said. “During the interview process it was clear that we had found our next football coach."

Hubbard spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Midland University in Fremont, Neb. He also instructed a Theory of Football class through the university.

Hubbard also has spent time at MidAmerica Nazarene University, a longtime NAIA football power. He was a graduate assistant in 2006, helping coach the defensive line. In 2008 Hubbard became the defensive coordinator. He also was the special teams coordinator in 2011.

Hubbard was a first-team All-Conference defensive lineman for Kessinger, and was also a third-team All-American (2001 Don Hansen's Football Gazette). He was active in the Bethany College Music Department, singing in the choir and participating in the Messiah Festival. 

"It is exciting for many of us at Bethany who have been involved in our football program, presently and in the past, for one of our former players to come back and be the football coach at Bethany,” Kessinger said. "Paul was well respected as a player, with his teammates and by the coaching staff, but was also respected throughout the conference as an opponent due to the talent that he possessed. He brings back to us some Bethany Blue and Gold blood, experience at two private Christian colleges, the experience of being a university NCAA division coach and had the opportunity to experience professional football. These experiences will help him, in reference to recruiting and developing a well-respected football program."

Hubbard stepped up in competition as he transferred to play at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. for his final two years. He was an All-American (second team Sports Network, and third-team Associated Press). He also led the nation in sacks with 16.5, was the 2003 Male Senior Athlete of the Year at Northern Colorado and was a two-time All-Independent Defensive Player of the week.

"My wife and I are excited about the opportunity to come to Bethany and the Lindsborg community," Hubbard said in a press release. "It will be an honor to put my name along the side the great coaches who have come before me. I am excited to start working on building the program back to where it once was."

Hubbard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Masters in Educational Technology from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Hubbard plans to move to Lindsborg with his wife Josalin and daughter Parker.