WATERFORD MILLS – Hank Willems is returning for a second stint as varsity boys soccer coach at Bethany Christian High School. Willems replaces Mark Yoder, who resigned to spend more time with his young family. Ironically, Yoder had replaced Willems five years ago for the same reason.
Willems, who also serves as principal at Bethany, says “I am very excited to have the opportunity to get back into high school coaching at Bethany. Mark Yoder has done an excellent job with the kids both on and off the field. Having worked with Mark during my first stint as coach, I know that I am inheriting a team that is well prepared and does things the right way. Bethany has a rich soccer tradition and I look forward to again being a part of that.”
In the six years of Willems’ first coaching stint at Bethany (2006-11), he compiled a 77-31-10 record and was named district Coach of the Year three times (2006, 2010, 2011). His teams won five consecutive Northern Indiana Soccer Conference titles, three sectional titles, and a regional title—falling one game short of playing for the state championship in 2011.
Prior to first coaching at Bethany, Willems served as a successful boys soccer coach at Logansport and Canterbury high schools. In his six years at Logansport, Willems was twice named district Coach of the Year, winning five regional championships. During his four years as a varsity assistant at Canterbury, the team advanced to the state tournament three times, winning the tournament in 2001. Additionally, Willems has coached with the Indiana Olympic Development program and holds several USSF coaching licenses.
In making the announcement, Bethany athletic director Gary Chupp says, “Mark has done a great job with our soccer program and it is tough to see him step away. However, it is a nice luxury to have one of the more accomplished coaches in the state ready to step in and lead our program once again.”