Bethel College has hired a veteran from the Heart of America Conference to lead the athletic department when longtime athletic director Diane Flickner retires at the end of the school year.


Bethel College has hired a veteran from the Heart of America Conference to lead the athletic department when longtime athletic director Diane Flickner retires at the end of the school year.

Kent Allshouse, who spent the last 15 years at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, will take over as the athletic director at Bethel. He also will serve as the head cross country, and track and field coach for the Threshers.

Allshouse has served as head cross country and track coach at Graceland. He has been the head cross country coach for eight years and head track coach for nine years. He also served as an assistant football coach, coaching receivers and defensive backs.

“Kent has shown an incredible aptitude for building strong programs in track and cross country at Graceland University,” Bethel president Perry White said. “In addition to making a significant contribution in the classroom and to the success of numerous athletic programs during his time at his alma mater, he has demonstrated tremendous leadership skills throughout his career and has exhibited a firm commitment to teaching character via intercollegiate athletics. We look forward to Kent and his family joining us this summer.”

Other roles at Graceland include director of sports information and director of intramurals.

Allshouse is a 1984 graduate of Graceland with a major in health and education and a minor in biology. He holds endorsements in teaching and coaching in kindergarten through 12. He holds a masters degree from Emporia State.

He completed fund raising in 2006 on a 100-acre championship cross-country facility. He received the HAAC Commissioner’s Award in 2004 for women’s cross country for having the highest grade point average in the conference. His cross country teams won conference titles in 2003 and 2010. The men’s team finished ninth in the nation (NAIA) in cross country last fall.

He has been HAAC coach of the year eight times in either cross country, indoor track or outdoor track. He’s coached 143 national qualifiers — 11 in cross country, 98 in indoor track and 34 in outdoor track. He has coached 21 All-Americans — two in cross country, 14 in indoor track and five in outdoor track.

Allshouse also served as a sports broadcaster and program director at KELR-KLAL Radio in Chariton, Iowa. He was the founder and president of the Rough Riders Rugby Club in Osceola, Iowa. He has owned several businesses, including a 250-seat restaurant.

“Following in the footsteps of an accomplished AD like Diane Flickner is a tall order,” Allshouse said. “But I am really excited to join the Bethel team and begin the challenge. Bethel is clearly a very special place, and I am sincerely grateful for the warm welcome I have received from across the campus. I feel privileged that President White has charged me to lead the athletic department, and I look forward to working with him and others to build on the successes that Diane has established.”

Flickner has served as athletic director since 1990. She will stay on the faculty as an associate professor and department chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education. In June, she was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference athletic director of the year.

She served as chair of the KCAC Sports Regulation Initiative, a review of KCAC of conference regulations, bringing many of them in line with the rest of the NAIA.

“Thanks to Diane Flickner, Bethel College has grown accustomed to exceptional leadership in our athletic department,” White said. “We are thrilled to have an individual of Kent’s caliber to further that legacy.”