WATERFORD MILLS -- One coach is going to become an administrator and one administrator is going back into coaching.
Bethany Christian Schools has named Benjamin Hurst as athletic director effective July 1.
Hurst will be replacing Bryan Kehr, who is leaving at the end of the 2009-10 school year to serve as women's soccer coach at Hesston (Kan.) College.
Kehr started the girls soccer program at Bethany 11 years ago, and under his guidance, the Bruins won four sectional titles and one regional crown. Kehr replaced Dan Bodiker as Bethany AD three years ago. He is also a physical education instructor at Bethany.
Hurst, 37, is currently a technology education teacher at Goshen Middle School. The graduate of Northridge High School and Goshen College has coached throughout his 15-year teaching career, primarily cross country and track at the high school and middle school levels.
Most recently, Hurst coached Bethany's track club and the middle school cross country team. Before that, he served five seasons as girls cross country coach at Goshen High School.
Benjamin and Leah Hurst have two children -- eighth-grader Katie (a current Bethany student) and fifth-grader Simon (who will begin at Bethany in the fall). The family attends Pleasant View Mennonite Church in Goshen.
"I am truly excited to be joining Bethany Christian Schools," Hurst said. "Bethany is well known for developing individual students' gifts, high academic achievement, and creating a strong sense of community. I believe these values are also a strong foundation for a quality athletic program. I am looking forward to serving with the student-athletes, faculty, staff, and parents to see Bruin athletics continue to grow as a positive and successful program."
Kehr, 49, is already involved in recruiting and signing athletes at Hesston, a two-year Mennonite institution, though his coaching responsibilities won't begin until August. The Goshen College graduate will also be Hesston's director of intramurals and a physical education instructor.
"I'm excited to start out there," Kehr said. "I love Bethany. My time here has been great. I'm ready to coach again. I've always thought about coaching at the college level."
Kehr and wife Anita, whose term as pastor at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship in Goshen ends in August, have three children -- Hannah Heingekehr, who is married and works for Mennonite Mission Network in Claremont, Calif.; Maya Kehr, a student at Bethel College in Newton, Kan.; and Elias Kehr, a student at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va.