McKenzie Rotary Updated on Bethel Coaching Transition
McKENZIE (February 27) — Bethel University Head Football Coach Brent Dearmon was the program speaker for Tuesday’s meeting at the McKenzie Rotary Club. Following a glowing introduction by university president Walter Butler, Dearmon updated the Rotarians on his progress at the helm of the team.
The heart of the coach’s message was he desire to develop young men into “God-fearing men,” the X’s& O’s as he said will take care of itself. Wanting to change the atmosphere, Dearmon and his staff are doing random checks on players, monitoring class attendance and having players keep a professional appearance in the classroom.
According to the coach, players are receptive to his changes. He said, “There has been some weeding in the garden for those who were not receptive.” Dearmon also wants his players to be seen in the community and work as role models to children in McKenzie. Bethel players have helped in a couple of programs such as Upward Basketball. Some players have taken part in “High Five Friday” at middle school and are eating breakfast with elementary students.
Using an offensive strategy similar to the one Dearmon learned at Auburn University under Gus Malzahn, he plans a fast paced game plan using his current quarterbacks. With the success on national signing day, the coaching staff is looking to add a few more signees. The team is expecting 140 players report to fall camp.