Newton — Former Kansas University power forward Alonzo Jamison has been named head basketball coach at Bethel College.
Jamison, who played at KU from 1989-92, has been an assistant at Bethel since 2008. He takes over for Mark Yoder, who recently resigned his post.
“I am grateful that the Bethel College administration has given me this opportunity,” Jamison said. “A big thanks goes out to coach Yoder for leading the program in the right way.”
Bethel is an NAIA school that competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
“Losing a great coach like Mark Yoder would be devastating to most colleges, but Bethel is extremely blessed to have someone of Alonzo Jamison’s caliber poised to take over the program,” said Bethel athletic director Kent Allshouse. “I am extremely pleased that Alonzo has accepted the position and I am excited to watch Alonzo guide his program to great success. The Thresher men are eager to learn the game from a Kansas star.”
A native of Santa Ana, Calif., Jamison in 1991 was a starter on the KU team that defeated Arkansas to win the Southeast Region Tournament and advance to the Final Four (KU lost to Duke in the final).
Jamison was named Southeast Region MVP and also made Dick Vitale’s “All Rambo” team, which honors the top five defensive players in the country.
Jamison has a B.S. in communications from KU. Before coming to Bethel, he served as a varsity assistant coach and junior varsity head coach at Mill Valley High.