Bethel College women’s basketball coach Adam Esses announced his resignation effective Friday.

Esses spent one season as the Thresher coach. He succeeded Mark Fox, who left to become assistant men’s basketball coach and sports information director at Tabor College.

According to a Bethel press relase, Esses resigned to take an assistant position at an NCAA Division I institution. That institution’s name was withheld until after the holiday.

Esses came to Bethel from Kaskaskia College, a junior college in Centralia, Ill., where he spent two seasons as women’s head coach and athletic director. He previously served for four seasons as an assistant coach at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa.

"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.

"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,” Bethel athletic director Tony Hoops said. “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.”

Esses was a native of Littleton, Colo. He is a graduate of Bethany College and holds a master’s degree from Nebraska-Kearney.

The Threshers were 4-23 last season, 2-20 in KCAC play. Seven players were named academic all-conference. Two players — Elise Gerlach and Kylee Schuun — were NAIA Scholar-Athletes.