Former BC softball coach Esses named new coach at Newman

By Steve Sell
July 30, 2015
Newman University Sports Information

WICHITA — Longtime Bethany College softball coach Janice Esses, who recently resigned as Swedes coach, has been announced as the new coach at Newman University.

Esses coached the Swedes 14 years, totaling 364 wins.

"Janice Esses is the perfect fit for the Newman softball program and Newman University," Athletic Director Vic Trilli said. "She brings a wealth of experience and had great success at Bethany College. Janice is a proven winner and she will continue to keep the softball program going in a positive direction. I'm very excited to have a coach of her caliber to lead the softball program."

Esses was the Swedes’ coach from 2002 to 2015, totaling an overall record of 364-298, which includes nine seasons of 25 or more wins. The Swedes won KCAC championships in 2003, 2011 and 2012. Bethany College also won the KCAC Tournament Championship twice in 2003 and 2012. 

She is a two-time KCAC Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012.  In 2013, Esses was selected as the Bethany College Alumni Coach of the Year. She coached 110 KCAC All-Conference selections, five All-Region selections and one NAIA All-American honorable mention. During her time at Bethany, Esses had two KCAC Players of the Year, two KCAC Pitchers of the Year and one KCAC Newcomer of the Year.

During her career at Bethany, the Swedes made the NAIA National Tournament twice and hold the NAIA National Tournament record for most stolen bases in a game with 10.

"I'm excited to be here for this opportunity at Newman University," Esses said in a press release. "Newman is a good transition and has similar and strong values like Bethany College. The Newman staff is very supportive and I look forward to this opportunity."

Esses’ best season was 2012 when the Swedes went 45-9, winning both the conference regular season and tournament champions and advancing to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in school history. The team ranked No. 25 in the NAIA postseason rankings.

In the classroom, Esses totaled 38 NAIA All-Scholar Athletes and one CoSIDA Academic All-District player. In 2008 and 2009, Bethany led the NAIA with the most Scholar-Athletes. The 2015 team was recognized as an NAIA All-Scholar Team.

Esses played collegiate softball and basketball at Bethany College. In 2000 and 2001, she was named All-KCAC first team as a catcher and was selected as the team's MVP her season senior season. Esses earned a bachelor degree in biology from Bethany College.