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Hesston College Athletic Director Joel Kauffman announced the Dec. 13 hiring of Michael Armstrong, a 2005 Hesston graduate, as head men’s soccer coach. He succeeds Kurt Hostetler, who resigned after seven years at the helm of Hesston men’s soccer. Armstrong served as an assistant coach for the Larks during the 2013 season.

“I’m very excited to have Michael give leadership to our men’s soccer program,” Kauffman said. “He brings strong organizational skills and a passion for mentoring young people. Michael’s experience as a high school head coach and experience in college admissions will transfer well to this new roll.”

“I’m looking forward to this opportunity,” Armstrong said. “My goals are to create a culture in which hard work and commitment to the team are fundamental to anyone involved in the program.”

Armstrong has served Hesston College as an admissions counselor since July 2012, and will continue in that role. Prior to working at Hesston, Armstrong was head boys soccer coach at Huntingdon (Pa.) Area High School where he had been an assistant for five years prior to taking the head coaching position.

After graduating from Hesston with an associate of arts degree in youth ministry, Armstrong earned a bachelor of arts in youth ministry from Southwestern College, Winfield, Kan., and a master of arts in human services and Christian ministry from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.

Coach Armstrong and his wife, Becky, also a Hesston graduate, reside in Hesston. They have four children; Landen (7), Bailey (3), Allycia (2) and Jase (one month).