NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College head women's basketball coach Adam Esses has announced he will become the lead assistant for a Divison 1 women's basketball program. His resignation is effective July 7. While being transparent with the local Bethel community, the name of the hiring institution will be withheld until after the holiday.

Esses came to Bethel in 2016 from Kaskaskia College, a two-year school in Centralia, Illinois, where he had been head women's basketball coach and athletic director since 2014. Before that, he was assistant women's basketball coach at Upper Iowa University, Fayette, 2010-14.

In his one season as Bethel head coach, Esses' team finished ahead of pre-season predictions, winning three of the last six games. He had seven student-athletes named Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Scholar-Athletes and Elise Gerlach, senior from Mulvane, and Kylee Schunn, junior from Whitewater, named as National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)Scholar-Athletes.

"I have truly enjoyed my time being a part of the Bethel College family. It has been great to continue my professional development at Bethel as I have gained invaluable experiences," Esses said.

The Littleton, Colorado, native is a 2008 graduate of Bethany College, Lindsborg, with a B.A. in secondary math education. He earned his M.S.Ed. in mathematics/science education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

"While only here for a year, I commend Coach Esses for the job he did given the tough situation he was in being a late hire last July. Adam leaves the program in a better place that his successor will continue to be able to build upon. I hate to see Adam leave as a colleague and friend, but he's been granted a very unique opportunity for which I wish him the best," said Tony Hoops, athletic director.

Hoops has begun a national search to secure a coach for Bethel's 2017 basketball season.

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