HESSTON — Hesston College announced Tuesday that athletic director Rob Ramseyer will be stepping down to become the athletic director at Friends University in Wichita.

Ramseyer has served as athletic director at Hesston since 2015. He also served as vice president of student development at Hesston and was a former interim dean of students.

He served as head baseball coach at Hesston from 2011 to 2015, where he was 95-86. The team qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association District Tournament twice in that period. He was the NJCAA Region VI Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014, setting the school record for wins in each of those two years.

During his tenure as athletic director, the school started a men’s golf team and a men’s and women’s track and field team. The school currently offers 14 sports – seven each for men and women.

Hesston is set to begin competition in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (the Jayhawk Conference) beginning in the fall, the first conference affiliation for Hesston in more than 30 years.

He was credited by the school for creating the school’s first athletic department handbook, increasing student-athlete retention, “and leading the implementation of the first philosophy of faith formation and athletic core covenants, in conjunction with crafting evaluation procedures to ensure successful execution.”

Ramseyer is a graduate of Wichita Collegiate School and hold’s a bachelor’s degree from Mid America Nazarene in Olathe, where he played baseball and later served as an assistant baseball coach.

He holds a master’s degree from the University of Kansas and last year earned his doctorate from Creighton University.

“We are so pleased to have Rob lead our athletic department here at Friends,” Friends president Amy Bragg Carey said. “He has a strong record of success in leading and mentoring student-athletes as well as fostering a faith-based athletic program that seeks to promote whole person development for our students.”

“My family and I are excited to join the Friends University family,” Ramseyer said. “I would like to thank Dr. Carey and the search committee for this opportunity. I will look forward to working with the talented athletic department staff, coaches, and student-athletes to build upon recent successes and cultivate an environment that allows our student-athletes to grow in all areas of their lives because of their participation in athletics.”

Ramseyer succeeds Carole Obermeyer, who is retiring.

Hesston has begun the search for a new athletic director.