It's official: Courtney Strauss has had the word "interim" removed from his title as head wrestling coach at Bethany College, the Kansas-based school announced Monday.
Strauss, a 2015 Bethany graduate, had been named interim head coach of the Swedes mat program during the 2018-19 season.
Strauss has been a part of the Bethany wrestling program as a coach since fall 2015. In that time, Strauss has helped to lead practices and been involved in recruiting efforts. During those years, Strauss has coached 16 national qualifiers.
Prior to joining the coaching staff at his college alma mater, Strauss made a positive impact for the Bethany wrestling program. He was a three-time NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) National Tournament Qualifier from the years 2012-2014 and earned NAIA Academic All-American honors in 2012. In addition, Strauss was named the NAIA National Wrestling Champion of Character in 2015. If that weren't enough, Strauss holds two significant records for the Swedes mat program: most wins (99) and most pins (50).
"Coach Strauss is a successful alumnus of Bethany College who loves God and who loves people," Bethany College President, Will Jones said. "He has done great work with our wrestling team this year. With his leadership and hard work, I am confident our wrestling program will achieve conference and national recognition in the years to come."
Strauss is eager to continue his work at his college alma mater.
"First off, I would like to thank President Will Jones and Athletics Director Laura Moreno for giving me this opportunity. It truly is a blessing to be given this title and role at Bethany College," Strauss said. "I have been a part of the Bethany College wrestling team since the beginning of the program in 2011 as a competitor and now as a Coach. I am excited to continue being a positive influence to these young men."
Located in Lindsborg, Kansas about one hour north of Wichita, Bethany College is a four-year private college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Founded in 1881, Bethany College has an enrollment of approximately 800 students.