Daniels leaving Bethany after 34 years

By Steve Sell
April 01, 2015
Bethany College Sports Information

LINDSBORG — Jon Daniels, who has built a golf dynasty at Bethany College, is resigning at the end of the school year.

"Looking back, I feel the Lord led me to Bethany College for a reason and surrounded me early in my coaching with Godly men and women that helped guide, shape and direct me," Daniels said. "I have certainly been blessed to have golf, track and football athletes that have been quality people and athletes play for me over the years. I cannot adequately describe what they have meant to me and my family. I assure you they have made me a better coach and person just by being in my life and I will always cherish those memories. I now have many sons and daughters across the world that I will forever be indebted."

Daniels has been at Bethany since 1981, coaching football and track, as well as leading the recreation curriculum and developing the intramural program. He was the head track coach for the women and assistant for the men. During his tenure as women's track coach, the team won seven straight KCAC championships.

In 1993, Daniels took over the men's golf program, which has won 14 KCAC titles. Two years ago, Bethany started women’s golf, which he has served as head coach.

He has worn many hats in his time. From 1995-2012, Daniels served as athletic director. and for eight years was the KCAC president.

Daniels holds a Bachelor of Science degree in recreational leadership from Western Carolina University, a Master's degree in recreational administration in resource management from Clemson University and a Master's degree in sports administration from Wichita State University.

"Coach Daniels certainly leaves behind a legacy of significant accomplishments at Bethany College. I have appreciated working with him and the insight he has provided to our department across many different roles at the college and in our conference," Bethany College Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich said. "We will miss his professionalism, dedication and commitment to Bethany."