Just a couple weeks before the start of pratice, Bethel College football Travis Graber announced his resignation effective immediately.


Just a couple weeks before the start of pratice, Bethel College football Travis Graber announced his resignation effective immediately.

Graber has been a coach at Bethel since 2001. He is a 1997 BC graduate. He succeeded Mike Moore as head coach at the end of the 2009 season, first on an interim basis.

Graber was 2-19 as BC head coach. After an 0-10 campaign, Bethel was 2-9 last season. One of last year’s wins was by forfeit.

“We want to thank Travis for his loyalty to Bethel College and his service to our students, and to wish him well as he pursues the next chapter of his life,” Bethel president Perry White said. “... The college administrative team has engaged with the present football staff to effectively outline a plan of action as we move quickly to fill the coaching vacancy for the 2012 season.”

According to a BC press release, the school will try to hire an interim coach for the upcoming season.

“We are committed to taking the necessary steps to assure the best possible experience for all students at Bethel College, which includes our student-athletes, whom we expect to be closely involved in the process of identifying and hiring a new coach,” White said. “We will begin a national search for the next leader of our football program very shortly after the season begins.

“With a staff of assistant coaches already in place who possess a great deal of experience,” White added, “we are confident that, once this position is filled, we will make significant strides toward a successful football program.”

Graber began his coaching career at Bethel working with linebackers. He later coached running backs and defensive ends. He served as camp coordinator and was recruiting coordinator. He was the defensive coordinator before he became head coach.

Graber coached defensive end James McCartney, who was the defensive player of the year in the KCAC in 2008 and 2009, before earning 2009 All-America honors. McCartney later went on to play professionally with the Wichita Wild.

Bethel opens the season Sept. 1 at home against William Penn University of Iowa. The KCAC Media Day is Wednesday at Salina.