Men’s Basketball Coaching Change made at NAIA Bethany College

Bethany College and the Department of Athletics announced a head coaching change in the men’s basketball program.

“We thank Trevor Flemmer for his contributions as head coach of the men’s basketball program at Bethany College,” said Dean of Athletics Laura Moreno. “His work and effort did not go unnoticed, and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”

Maverick Harris, who served as assistant coach during the 2023-24 season, has been named the Head Men’s Basketball Coach. This past season was Coach Harris’ first in Lindsborg, serving as the men’s basketball assistant coach, game management assistant, and an adjunct professor in multiple classes.

“We are excited to have Maverick Harris lead our men’s basketball program,” Moreno said. “Coach Harris has proven his ability to connect with student-athletes, both inside and outside of basketball. His commitment to prioritizing academics is evident through his work as the professor for Academic Study Skills Class, as well as through his relationships with students. Coach Harris brings a diverse basketball background, and we look forward to seeing him lead the Swedes.”

Newly-named Head Coach Maverick Harris: “I would like to first thank Laura Moreno and the Bethany College Athletics Department for providing my family and I the opportunity to lead our Men’s Basketball program moving forward. I believe the relationships I’ve built during my time at Bethany will prove vital toward our future success. My wife, Danielle, and I are extremely excited and I am honored to be the next head coach at Bethany College.”

Prior to coming to Bethany College, Harris was in Salem, W.V. at Salem University, a NCAA Division II institution. While at Salem, Harris was an assistant coach who coached a team that ranked top-10 nationally in rebounds per game, top-20 in opponent field goal percentage, and top-30 in points scored per game and steals. Coach Harris also coached Stan Smith, a student-athlete who, individually, ranked top-30 in points per game (20.2), sixth in 3-point percentage (46.5%), and fourth in three-pointers made (99). The Tigers finished as USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I Small College National Champions.

Before his stint at Salem, Harris spent four years in the NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) with stops at Bemidji State University (2021-22) and Minot State University (2018-21). While at Minot, Harris coached a several all-conference student-athletes and marked a school-best finish in the conference tournament. making it all the way to the semi-finals.

During the summer before coaching at Minot State, Harris started off his journey assisting Joey Burton, a NBA trainer, as a player development coach helping with pre-draft and summer workouts for numerous NBA, G-League, and overseas professional players.

Throughout all the stops in his career, Coach Harris has coached numerous academic all-conference student-athletes, and has led many different community service efforts as well.

As a player, Harris played for Northland College in Ashland, Wis., where he was a senior team captain and helped lead the program to its best finish in 20 years.

Harris received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a minor in Writing while attending Northland College (2017). He went on to earn his Masters in Sports Management while coaching at Minot State University (2020).

Harris currently resides in Lindsborg, Kan. with his wife, Danielle Harris.

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