Bethel College announced Friday the death of longtime former football coach Kent Rogers.
Rogers led the Threshers from 1979 to 1994. His 69-80-1 record made him Bethel’s winningest coach. He also holds the record for most losses and most games coached. He has the second longest tenure as a Bethel coach behind Otto Unruh’s 25 years.
Rogers inherited a team that finished 0-9 the year before and went 3-6 the following season.
Rogers led the team to its best season in history in 1984, finishing 9-0 in the regular season and winning its first Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championship.
That team also was the first to advance to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics playoffs, falling to Southwestern in the first round.
He was named KCAC coach of the year and NAIA District 10 coach of the year that season. He was named KCAC coach of the year six times.
Bethel went 29-8 from 1983 to 1986.
He also served as professor in the Health and Physical Education department.
"Kent had a significant impact on Bethel College and specifically our football team,” BC athletic director Tony Hoops said. “He impacted many lives as a coach and mentor at Bethel and will be tremendously missed by our community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time of loss.”
Former Bethel player and coach and current and assistant athletic director for football operations at Michigan State Tim Allen remembered Rogers.
"I owe every opportunity I have received in this business to Kent Rogers and Bethel College,” Allen said.
Rogers was named to the Bethel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. He was named to the Kansas Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame in 2009, where he served as an assistant coach in 1974 and was the head coach of the East team in 1975.
Services for Rogers are expected to be announced at a later time.