Category Archives: Kansas Wesleyan University

KCAC stunner: Kansas Wesleyan women’s hoops coach Gordon Reimer resigns

GORDON REIMER

Some stunning news out of the KCAC – Kansas Wesleyan women’s basketball coach Gordon Reimer abruptly resigned on Tuesday because of family issues.

 

Longtime KCAC guru Bob Davidson of the Salina Journal broke the story yesterday. Reimer has been one of the top NAIA coaches in the country the last four years – the Coyotes have shared two KCAC titles with Sterling (’09, ’11) and went to the NAIA national tournament three straight years – 09-10-11.

KCAC puts four players on CFSN Super 72

Yes, it’s almost football season. Less than a month from camps opening, if that makes you feel any better. Until then, we’ve got some big preseason honors for four of the best football players out of the KCAC as College Fanz Sports Network released its Super 72 recently. All four — McPherson running back Aaron Lafitte, Ottawa wide receiver Clarence Anderson, Ottawa linebacker Josh Hojje and Kansas Wesleyan defensive back Ken Mitchell — were first-team all-KCAC performers last season and all have legitimate shots of being (or repeating as) All-Americans this year.

Here’s a little breakdown on each of these studs:

Lafitte ran for 1,030 yards and 23 TDs lastsyear and was an honorable mention All-American. Helped lead Bulldogs to first postseason appearance in school history. Transferred to MC from Arizona State.

Anderson, a Wichita Southeast product, led the nation in all-purpose yards with 2,563 (1,699 receiving) as Ottawa advanced to the second round of the NAIA playoffs.

Hojje led Ottawa with 95 tackles last season — the second-highest single-season total in school history — and the James Madison transfer tied the school-record for sacks in a game with 3 against Kansas Wesleyan on Halloween.

Mitchell is the wild-card of the bunch in that his team hasn’t had the same success as the other 3 — but he might be the best defensive back in the league. Or is that Cole Perry? Can’t wait to see KM match up with Anderson this season. Should be something to see.

Out. TA.

 

KWU hires Mark Carvalho

MARK CARVALHO

MARK CARVALHO

Kansas Wesleyan has hired former Friends University coach Mark Carvalho as its new baseball coach. The Coyotes have won the last two KCAC regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NAIA World Series this season … so it’s not a bad gig if you don’t mind a little pressure and winning all the time. Former KWU coach Dave Dawson was hired away by NCAA Division II Arkansas Tech after the season. Click above for the full release from KWU.

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Dawson leaves KWU to coach Wonder Boys

DAVE DAWSON

DAVE DAWSON

First Doug Hall leaves Southwestern for UMKC, and now this. The KCAC, with all its quirks, proves year after year it is a pretty fertile proving ground for up and coming coaches. The latest is Kansas Wesleyan baseball coach Dave Dawson, who makes the move to the NCAA Division II level in a big way, taking over as head coach at Arkansas Tech. Dawson, 36, coached the Coyotes for four seasons, and wrecked shop when he was there. Dude finished with back-to-back KCAC titles after winning the tourney in 2007, and took KWU to the NAIA World Series and snag its first-ever top 25 ranking. He was also the KCAC coach of the year three times. So he pretty much did all he could do while in Salina. And now he’s going to coach the Wonder Boys.

-TA


IN THE CROSSHAIRS: KWU’s Preston McCorkle

Kansas Wesleyan running back Preston McCorkle is having another great season. Saturday, No. 7-ranked Friends and the top-ranked rushing defense in the KCAC will get a chance at shutting him down … with only No. 18 Bethel having held McCorkle under 100 yards this season when he ran for 61 yards in a season-opening loss. Mccorkle has run for 629 yards for 3-2 KWU this year and four touchdowns after finishing tied for the KCAC rushing title last season with Friends’ Trey Hightower at 1,014 yards. That they both ended up with that number is crazy to me. Almost as crazy as Hightower not returning to use up his last year of eligibility.

We put McCorkle in the crosshairs:

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