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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Cantrell out as Bethany coach

  • Bethany College head baseball coach Jeremy Cantrell has announced his resignation, according to a press release from the college.
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  • Bethany College head baseball coach Jeremy Cantrell has announced his resignation, according to a press release from the college.
    “The Bethany College athletic department family appreciates coach Cantrell's five years of service as our baseball coach and his many contributions to Swede athletics,” Scott McClure, interim Swede Athletic Director, said. “We wish him continued success in his coaching future.”
    Current assistant coach Aaron Larsen will serve as the interim head coach. The search for a permanent replacement will begin immediately.
    Cantrell came to Bethany in 2008 from Barton County Community College, where he served as assistant baseball coach for two years. Cantrell was also the pitching coach at NCAA Division I Centenary College in Shreveport, La.
    He began his coaching career as an administrative assistant at another NCAA Division I school, University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.
    Cantrell holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry education from Bethany College, where he was an active student-athlete in baseball from 1997 to 2000.
    He was named an all-conference pitcher three times, and in 2000, was a captain of Bethany's Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championship-winning baseball team.
    He also holds a master's of education in exercise science from Louisiana State University - Shreveport.
    Since 2010, Swedes baseball has had two players drafted in the Major League Baseball draft.
    Cantrell had a career record of 134-146 while at Bethany, including a 55-77 mark in the KCAC.
    His most successful season was the 2010 campaign, which ended with wins over Kansas Wesleyan University in the KCAC post-season tournament championship.
    Larsen, a Fallbrook, Calif., native, is a 2010 graduate of Bethany College.
    He received his bachelor of arts degree in business management, operations management and finance before being drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 34th round of the Major League Baseball draft.
    Prior to transferring to Bethany, Larsen played for Lee University where he played for the NAIA Baseball National Championship.
    This is the third head coaching position Bethany has had to fill since the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year.
    The Swedes previously hired former Emporia State head coach Manny Matsakis to take over the football program. Matsakis was introduced at a press conference on March 25. Brett Morehouse was announced as the new women’s basketball coach on April 22.
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