2017 Football Coaches
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Morris Lolar

Head Coach, Special Teams Coordinator 3rd season

Bio

The Lolar name, synonymous with success, is not a stranger to Kansas as he has spent much of his playing and coaching career in the state. Morris comes to Bethel from Independence Community College where he served as defensive coordinator.  Prior to Independence, Lolar was head coach of the Wichita Wild, a member of the Indoor Football League where he won the IFL Championship.  Lolar has also had defensive coaching stints at Friends University, Texas A&M – Commerce, Wichita East High School as well as Wichita North High School. 

Lolar was a two-time first team All-American defensive back for Friends University and All-City player at Wichita South High School where he attended.  He was the final cut of the Kansas City Chiefs in training camp prior to the 1993 NFL season.  Lolar then went on to play professionally for six years in the Canadian Football League. 

His first four years in Canada he played for the Edmonton Eskimos (1993-96), who captured the Grey Cup in 1993 and were runners-up in 1996.  Lolar is the only native Wichitan to be a part of a Grey Cup Championship team.  Lolar finished his playing career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1997 and 1998.

Morris graduated from Friends University with a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management in 2008 and a Masters in 2010.  He is an inductee in the Friends University and Wichita Sports Hall of Fame.

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Kevin Griffin

Defensive Coordinator/LB Coach 3rd season

Bio

Kevin Griffin is entering his third year here at Bethel College as the Co-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach. Coach Griffin, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma played his high school football at Union High School under Oklahoma Hall of Fame coach Bill Blankenship, where he was voted twice first team all-state. Coach Griffin played at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M JC in 1996 where he was voted all-conference.  In 1997 Coach Griffin attended Ohio University and played football from 1997-1999, where he was an all-conference performer. After finishing his playing career in 1999, the opportunity to be the Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers Coach at Yellow Springs High School started his coaching career. In a two-year period, his teams were able to capture two conference titles and two play-off berths in Division 6 football. His defenses were ranked 1st in the conference in 2000 and 3rd in the conference in 1999 in total defense. Coach Griffin defenses were ranked in top ten in Division 6 in both 1999 and 2000 seasons in total defense.

Dublin, OH was the next stop for Coach Griffin as the Co-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach for Dublin Coffman High School. While there, the team was able to go to the play-offs in back-to-back years. In the first year they were able to continue in the play-offs until the semi-finals and advanced to the championship game the following year. In 2003, Griffin accepted the position Co-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach position at Columbus Brookhaven High School. In his second year, the Bearcats became the first team in history to win a state championship for the Columbus Public Schools District. In 2006, Coach Griffin had the opportunity to return to Tulsa as the Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach for Tulsa McLain High School his defense was ranked 5th in 2006 and ranked 8th in the state in Class 5A in 2007 and help lead McLain to back to back playoff bids, he coached district player of the year and first team all-state linebacker Shawn Jackson. In January of 2008 the move to college football became a part of the experience as he was hired by Fort Scott Community College in Kansas as the Linebackers Coach. While at Fort Scott, the defense was ranked 5th in 2008 and 2nd in the nation in total defense for the 2009 seasons. In 2009, the team played for the NJCAA National Championship. During his two years at Fort Scott, Coach Griffin had two NJCAA All-American selections Lavonte David and Jacquain Williams, along with two other linebackers earning all-conference honors. After Fort Scott, Coach Griffin moved on to Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee where he was hired as the Linebackers Coach where he coached three all-conference linebackers their Patrick Morrison, Alonzo Moore and Kedrick Hooks. In 2011 Coach Griffin moved to Texas College in Tyler, Texas as the Co-Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Texas College, Coach Griffin had two BSN NAIA All-American Linebackers Dontay Livingston and Maurice Peterson along with five linebackers earning all-conference honors and three earning all-conference academic honors. His defense ranked 3rd in the conference in total defense in 2011. In 2012 Coach Griffin moved on to Southwestern College in Winfield, KS where he transformed their linebackers core into one of the top groups, in the KCAC Conference and in the NAIA, he coached six all conference linebackers including two –time all-conference linebackers Paul Mata and Ttorbin Harper; in the 2012 season Coach Griffin had four linebackers record over 100 tackles. In 2013 Coach Griffin, had two linebackers ranked in top ten in conference in sacks and four linebackers ranked in the top twenty in tackles for loss and total tackles. In the summer of 2014 Coach Griffin was hired as the Linebackers Coach at Independence Community College where he was a part of a defensive staff that transformed a defense that finished last in the Jayhawk Conference for the past two seasons into a defense that finished ranked #5 in total defense, sacks, takeaways and tackles for loss in 2014. He also coached two all-conference linebackers Marc Robinson who finished #3 in the NJCAA in tackles per game and #1 the Jayhawk Conference averaging 13.9 tackles per game and Kyle Brown who finished #14 in the NJCAA in tackles per game and finished #5 in the Jayhawk Conference in tackles per game at 10.3


Coach Griffin earned his bachelor degree in history from Ohio University. He is proud father of twin sons, Christian (11) and Laymon (11), and daughter, Jayla (17).

 

 

 

Coaching Career

2015-: Bethel College (KS) - Co-Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers Coach/ Co-Recruiting Coordinator

2014-: Independence Community College (KS) - Linebackers Coach (NJCAA)

2012-13: Southwestern College (KS) - Linebackers Coach (NAIA)

2011: Texas College- Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator (NAIA)

2010: Lane College (TN) - Linebackers Coach (NCAA D2)

2008-09: Fort Scott Community College (KS) - Linebackers Coach (NJCAA)

2006-07: Tulsa McLain High School- Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

2003-05: Columbus Brookhaven High School- Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

2001-02: Dublin Coffman High School- Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach

1999-2000: Yellow Springs High School- Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator

 

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Brian Byers

Co-Offensive Coordinator/RB 3rd season

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Matt Byers

Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Co 3rd season

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Tyler Kohlman

Wide Receivers Coach 3rd season

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Mark Cotton

Defensive Backs Coach 3rd season

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James McCartney

Defensive Line Coach 3rd season

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Jeff McFarland

Offensive Line Coach 2nd season

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Greg Gerstenberger

Kickers Coach 3rd season

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Brandon Chinn

Director of Ops/Defensive Line 3rd season

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Delvert Emerenciano

Student Assistant 2nd season

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Austin Biggerstaff

Student Assistant 1st season

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Anthony Cotton

Student Assistant 1st season

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Jerome Puletapui

Student Assistant 1st season

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Mark Martin

Student Assistant 1st season

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Jalen Sykes

Student Assistant 1st season

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Rashaka Lucas

Student Assistant 1st season

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Clint Burton

Manager 2nd season