Bethel Announces Al Beutler Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020
MISHAWAKA – The Bethel University Athletic Department is pleased to announce the Dr. Albert J. Beutler Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020. The class includes athletes Calen Boyd (men’s track & field), Irene Kangai (women’s cross country and track & field), and Mandy Yoder (women’s basketball), as well as Tony Natali (men’s and women’s track & field head coach, men’s basketball assistant coach) and Christopher Hess (men’s and women’s golf head coach, men’s and women’s basketball assistant coach).
“Irene, Mandy, and Calen each left a tremendous legacy as student-athletes, while the recognition of Tony and Chris as coaches is long overdue” stated Hall of Fame committee member Tim Erdel. “This is another great class that combines extraordinary athletic achievement with exemplary Christian character.”
Calen Boyd graduated from Bethel in 2012. A first-ballot Al Beutler Athletic Hall of Famer, Boyd competed for four years for the men’s track and field program from 2008-12. Boyd was a two-time NAIA Indoor All-American in the Triple Jump and still holds the program records for Indoor Triple Jump at 15.23m and Outdoor Triple Jump at 14.67m.
Boyd was a nine-time NCCAA Indoor All-American and a nine-time NCCAA Outdoor All-American. He was named the 2011 NCCAA Indoor National Championship Athlete of the Meet—the first in men’s program history—and was a two-time NCCAA Outdoor National Championship Athlete of the Meet (2010-2011). He won the 2009 Indoor 400m individual title, was a leg in the 4x400m NCCAA Indoor National Championship winning relay, and won the 2011 NCCAA Indoor Triple Jump individual title.
On the outdoor side, Boyd won NCCAA individual titles in the 100m (twice), 200m (twice), the 4x100m relay, long jump, and triple jump. He helped the Pilots to their first two program NCCAA National Championships in 2009 (indoor and outdoor).
In the Crossroads League, Boyd was an 11-time All-League performer with eight individual league titles, including graduating as a three-time defending conference champion in the Triple Jump. He was on the 2009 Crossroads League Outdoor Champion team.
Irene Kangai graduated from Bethel in 2012. A first-ballot Al Beutler Athletic Hall of Famer, Kangai competed for four years for the women’s cross country and track & field programs from 2007-12. On the track and field side, she still holds program records for Indoor 600m at 1:36.12 and 4x400m Relay at 3:50.57, and Outdoor 400m Hurdles at 59.60 and 4x400m Relay at 3:49.01. Kangai was a 2011 NAIA Indoor All-American (4x400m Relay) and a three-time NAIA Outdoor All-American (400m Hurdles twice, 4x400m Relay).
Kangai was an eight-time NCCAA Indoor All-American and an eight-time NCCAA Outdoor All-American. She won individual titles in the Indoor 4x400m Relay (twice), 4x800m Relay, Outdoor 400m Hurdles (twice), and 4x400m Relay (three times). She was a member of the program’s first four NCCAA National Championships (2010-2011 Indoor, 2010-2011 Outdoor).
In the Crossroads League, Kangai was an 11-time All-League performer with four individual league titles, twice in the 400m Hurdles and twice in the 4x400m Relay. She helped the Pilots to three Crossroads League Championships (2009-2010-2011).
As a cross country runner, Kangai still holds five of the top 50 times in program history and was a two-time NCCAA All-American and one-time Crossroads League All-Conference performer.
Mandy Yoder graduated from Bethel in 2011. Her second year on the ballot, Yoder competed for the women’s basketball team from 2008-11. Yoder graduated as only the third two-time NAIA All-American in program history, earning Honorable Mention status in 2009 and 2010, joining AJ Whitehead and Natalie Young with that distinction (Laura Johnson would also join the exclusive club three seasons later).
Yoder was named a two-time NCCAA All-American, earning Second Team honors in both 2010 and 2011, while earning All-Tournament honors each year as well and helping the Pilots to back-to-back NCCAA National Championships in 2010 and 2011.
Yoder was the Crossroads League Co-Newcomer of the Year with her teammate, Amber Peters, in 2009, and became a three-time All-League performer, earning First Team honors in 2009 and 2010 and Second Team honors in 2011.
In just three seasons as a Pilot, Yoder finished her career with 1,512 points, the eighth-most in program history. She recorded 462 assists, fourth-most in program history, and 284 steals, second-most in program history. She is one of two players in program history with at least 1,500 points, 400 assists, and 200 steals.
Tony Natali came to Bethel in the fall of 1999 when he was named the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Head Coach. Elevating the program to new heights, Natali coached the teams to a combined 13 NCAA National Championships and 10 Crossroads League Conference Championships.
Natali also oversaw success on an individual athlete level, coaching nine NAIA Individual National titles including seven in his final three seasons at the helm of his program. Additionally, he has seen 152 NAIA All-American and 845 NCCAA All-American performances under his watch. Natali’s success also extended at the Crossroads League level, directing 548 All-League performances, including 245 League Championship performances.
He has coached 20 Athlete of the Year award winners, including two NAIA Indoor Outstanding Performers of the Meet, four NCCAA Wheeler Award honorees, three NCCAA Indoor Athletes of the Meet, ten NCCAA Outdoor Athletes of the Meet, and one Crossroads League Student-Athlete of the Year.
Natali was recognized as a Coach of the Year an incredible 23 times, earning the honor at NCCAA Indoor seven times, NCCAA Outdoor five times, and Crossroads League 11 times and was inducted into the NCCAA Hall of Fame in 2018.
Natali also assisted the men’s basketball program from 1999-2017. He helped the program to a record of 419-204 during his time on the bench, with two NCCAA National Championships and eight trips to the NAIA National Tournament. He retired from coaching following the 2018-19 season and was named the Athletic Director on July 1 of last year.
Christopher Hess, a 1994 graduate of Bethel, was named the men’s golf head coach in 1996. Over the next 17 seasons, Hess compiled a record of 1,422-458 with a school record 37 tournament titles. His accolades include the men’s team’s only Crossroads League Championship, two Crossroads League Coach of the Year awards, 16 trips to the NCCAA National Championship, and 7 trips to the NAIA National Championship from 1996-2013.
Hess was then named the women’s golf head coach in 2011 and over the next eight seasons compiled a record of 636-183 with a school record 52 tournament titles. His accolades include two Crossroads League Championships, two Crossroads League Coach of the Year awards, four NCCAA North Central Regional Championships, four NCCAA North Central Region Coach of the Year awards, seven trips to the NAIA National Championship and eight trips to the NCCAA National Championship.
Hess also assisted the men’s basketball program from 1994-00 and the women’s basketball program from 2005-14. He helped the basketball programs to a combined record of 400-101 during his time on the bench, with three NAIA national championships and four NCCAA national championships.
He retired from coaching following the 2018-19 season and transitioned into his role as full-time Associate Athletic Director. All together Hess coached in 52 national tournaments (36 as a head coach, 16 as an assistant coach) and as a head coach coached 7 NAIA All-Americans, 9 NCCAA All-Americans, 62 NAIA Scholar Athletes, and 42 NCCAA Scholar Athletes.
The Dr. Albert J. Beutler Athletic Hall of Fame committee consists of Bethel faculty Norm Spivey, Tim Erdel, Robby Prenkert, Kent Eby, and Bethel athletic administrators Tony Natali, Christopher Hess, and Andrew Bowen.
The Dr. Albert J. Beutler Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Dining Commons on the campus of Bethel University. The 28th Annual Bethel Athletics Hall of Fame Golf Classic will precede the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Blackthorn Golf Club. Registration begins at 7:30 and will begin with a shotgun start at 9:00 am. For more information regarding the Hall of Fame Golf Classic and Induction Ceremony, contact Associate Athletic Director Christopher Hess.