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Tom Visker officially began his job as Bethel College athletic director Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (Bethel College)
Visker takes over as Bethel College athletic director
Posted on July 2, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.

MISHAWAKA — Tom Visker began his tenure Wednesday, July 2, as athletic director at Bethel College, transitioning from his previous role as professor of kinesiology and dean of humanities and education.

“Tom is a gifted teacher, mentor and coach,” said Shawn Holtgren, vice president for student development at Bethel. “He has served Bethel well for more than 10 years and we are excited for what he brings to his new role. The Bethel Pilots can look forward to a bright future under his leadership.”

Visker replaces Jody Martinez, who served as athletic director for four years and head women’s basketball coach for 17 years. Martinez recently left Bethel for a coaching position at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla.

Visker comes to the position with 22 years of experience as the head baseball coach at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, in addition to his 11 years of experience as a dean and professor at Bethel.