Bryan Kehr named athletic director

Hesston College Athletic Director Bryan Kehr

Hesston College has appointed Bryan Kehr as the Larks’ new athletic director. Prior to the appointment, Kehr served as interim athletic director during the Fall 2020 semester, as well as coach for the women’s soccer team.

Prior to his hiring as Hesston’s women’s soccer coach in 2010, Kehr served as athletics director and instructor at Bethany Christian Schools in Goshen, Ind. Kehr launched the varsity girls’ soccer program at Bethany and subsequently led the team to four sectional titles and one regional title.

“It has been my honor to work closely with Bryan in this interim role as he navigated COVID realities for our Athletics department,” said Dr. Joseph Manickam, president of Hesston College. “Bryan’s willingness to keep the program engaged with all parts of campus and his ability to clarify complex issues allows the Hesston College Athletics department to move forward despite COVID uncertainties.

“He has developed crucial new strategies to bring greater alignment between our Athletics program and the college’s mission,” Manickam said.

“I look forward to building bridges between the Athletics department and the rest of the college,” said Kehr. “Hesston athletes participate in their education both on and off the playing field. The Hesston experience develops the whole person, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I look forward to fielding competitive teams and educating the next generation of leaders.”

Kehr accepted the interim athletic director role last summer and will continue to serve as women’s soccer coach through the spring of 2021.

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