Clark, Flores, Graber named to BC HOF

Newton Kansan
The Kansan

A pair of top athletes and a long-time trainer will be inducted into the Bethel College Athletic Hall of Fame this fall.

Selected are former BC volleyball player Trisha Terada (nee Clark), basketball player Frank Flores and trainer and coach Russ Graber.

Terada played volleyball at Bethel from 1997 to 2000. She was the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in 1997. She spent the next three seasons as a unanimous first-team All-KCAC selection. She was a two-time KCAC player of the year. She was named the KCAC setter of the week eight times. She was an NAIA All-Region selection in 1999 and 2000.

During her time at Bethel, the Threshers won KCAC titles in 1999 and 2000 and three KCAC tournament titles.

She is second all-time in assists at 4,257. She still holds the single-season record for assists at 1,327 in 2000.

Flores was a third-team NAIA Division II All-American in 2003. He is ranked in the top 10 in 16 different statistical categories for the BC basketball team.

Flores helped lead Bethel to its first NAIA Division II national tournament berth in 2003. He helped lead the Threshers to a regular-season conference title that year.

He is a two-time NAIA All-American, a two-time unanimous All-KCAC first-team pick and was a KCAC Player of the Year as a senior.

Flores holds the school record in steals in a season at 88 and career steals per game (2.1). He is second at Bethel in career points at 1,381 and third in free throws made a 313.

Graber is a 1974 Bethel graduate.

According to the college’s release, “Russ Graber's meritorious service to his alma mater would be considered above and beyond what was expected of an employee.”

Graber was an offensive lineman for the BC football team. He later went on to serve as an assistant coach for the team. He also coached both the women’s basketball team and the BC track and field program.

“As a coach, Graber pushed his athletes to hone their crafts with proper technique while providing the motivation needed to reach their full potential,” the release said. “Graber had a hand in many KCAC Championships and NAIA National Championship appearances.”

Graber became the school’s first board-certified athletic trainer. He helped Bethel’s athletic training program receive accreditation in 2004. He served as head trainer through 2014. He also helped create the Associated College of Central Kansas (now the Kansas Independent College Association) Athletic Training Consortium.

The three will be honored at Fall Fest Weekend with the annual Hall of Fame Banquet Oct. 2 and they will be inducted Oct. 3 at halftime of the Bethel-Southwestern football game at Thresher Stadium.