Lolar named Force coach, to stay on as Bethel coach

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By: Mark Schnabel, Newton Kansan

Bethel College football coach Morris Lolar has been named the head coach of the Wichita Force indoor football team.

Bethel athletic director Tony Hoops said Lolar’s appointment will not affect his status as the Thresher coach.

Lolar is in his third season with the Threshers, where he is 6-13. Lolar also coached at Independence Community College.

In indoor football, Lolar served as head coach of the Wichita Wild in 2013, winning an Indoor Football League championship with a 12-2 record. He was an assistant for the Wild from 2009 to 2012. He also served as a defensive coordinator for the Force.

“We are glad to have Morris as our head coach,” Force general manager Stuart Schake said. “His background and knowledge of the game is proven. We have great expectations and feel confident that Morris will be successful moving forward getting ready for the season.”

Morris succeeds Paco Martinez, who coached the team in each of its three years of existence, going 25-11 in the regular season. The Force reached the Champions Indoor Football playoffs in 2015 and won the league title in 2016, edging Amarillo 48-45 in the Champions Bowl II.

Last season, the Force finished 7-5. The team finished in a four-way tie for third-place in the South Conference, but lost a tie-breaker for the third- and fourth-place playoff spots in the division.

Schake was named team GM earlier this week. He is a former player at Pittsburgh State and has been a college football official for a number of years, spending the past four seasons in the Mountain West Conference.

Schake served as an assistant general manager and director of sales and marketing for the Wichita Wild. He also officiated indoor football from 2008 to 2015.

This post originally appeared on The Kansan. Copyright 2017.

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