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Barclay College athletic department is pleased to announce that Larry Lewis will be the new head women’s volleyball coach for 2014. Lewis was the volunteer assistant for the Lady Bears volleyball in 2013. Prior to that, Lewis coached at Haviland High School for 6 years from 1978-1987. During that span his teams accumulated 141 wins and 32 loses, won 6 league championships and qualified for the Kansas State Volleyball Tournament two different years, one of which they finished in fourth place.

In his 35 years in education (Kansas and California), he has taught physical education 16 years, been an assistant principal 16 years, and been a principal for 3 years. He has coached basketball, volleyball, track, tennis, and softball at both the junior high and high school level. He has also served as the Director of Recreation for Rose Drive Friends Church in Yorba Linda, California for 19 years. While at that post he directed adult sports leagues, ran a youth basketball league of 400 kids for 15 years, and directed summer basketball camps.

“It is a privilege to coach Barclay athletes who desire to be ambassadors for Christ at school, in the community and on the court.  It is my desire to help each player grow first in Christ, and secondly, in their volleyball skills. Athletes are confronted with many types of circumstances that run parallel to life situations, and it is a perfect opportunity to build Christ-like character and eternal values. True victory only comes when athletes please the Lord with their effort, attitudes and actions on and off the court. My goal is to help athletes understand that they train and play for an audience of One- Jesus Christ,” commented Lewis in response to his coaching philosophy.

Lewis received his BS in Christian Education from Fort Wayne Bible College (Fort Wayne, IN) and then continued his education at Friends University (Wichita, KS) where he received a BS  in Physical Education/Health. He also obtained his MS in Education from Wichita State University (Wichita, KS).

He is married to Sheryl, for 35 years, and they have three children (Lyndie, Landon, and Brock). Lewis also currently serves as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Barclay College.

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“As I was sitting here writing about this year’s Christmas Wreath, Psalm 100 kept coming to my mind. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. Your support of the Christmas Wreath for the past 59 years, has been a blessing to students past, present and future. We received a very generous matching gift of $100,000 for the Christmas Wreath making it possible for students to receive a Full Tuition Scholarship on January 12. May God bless you for making a difference in the lives of Barclay students, and ultimately in the lives of countless others. Your faithful support is allowing students who live under the Lord’s providence to be trained effectively for Christian life, service and leadership.”

-Herb Frazier

Our goal was met – $100,066. We are humbled by the abundant giving that continues to bless Barclay College.

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Saturday afternoon the Barclay College Men’s Basketball team resumed their game schedule after a month-long layoff when NCCAA Division II #2 Arlington Baptist College (Arlington, TX) traveled to Hockett Auditorium.

The first meeting of the year between the two teams revealed a serious experience and height advantage for the Patriots but this time around the Bears competed well. In front of a raucous crowd, the Bears went toe to toe with the Patriots until Arlington’s Junior shooting guard Raphael Garcia connected on his first of six three pointers midway through the half. Behind Garcia’s shooting, the Patriots took a 21 point lead into the half even though a last-second running lay-up from Freshman Caleb Davis excited the crowd. In the second half, the Patriots interior advantage wore on the Bears as they out-rebounded the Bears 60-32 to walk away with a 107-76 victory.

“I really thought we made some huge strides this afternoon. We had every opportunity in the world to quit and my guys never did. They played their hearts out all they way to the end. Couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Head Coach Royce Bryan. “There is a reason that team is ranked second in the nation and I would say we at least competed with them today unlike the first time we played.”

Junior Tommy Leach led the Bears in scoring with 23 points and 3 assists. In addition, Freshman David Lewis added 19 points while Freshman Pedro Chavez pulled down 6 rebounds.

The Bears travel to Belton, MO to take on Calvary Bible College on Friday at 7:30 PM CST. On Saturday they will go up against Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) at 3:00 PM.

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On Saturday, February 1st Barclay College will conduct their annual homecoming ceremonies at half-time of the men’s game against Grace University out of Omaha, NE.

The women’s game will start at 2:00 PM and the men’s game will start at 4:00 PM with the homecoming ceremonies at halftime.
Immediately following the conclusion of the men’s game, the alumni basketball game will be played. If you played basketball at Barclay College or FBC and would like to participate in the alumni game, please contact Athletic Director Royce Bryan.