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Regretfully, Athletic Director Royce Bryan has canceled the 2014 Barclay College Volleyball season due to unforeseen circumstances.

This last off-season the Bears transitioned coaches. Shari Bryan, who had been on staff for three seasons at Barclay college, one year as the assistant and these last two years as the head coach, opted not to coach for family reasons.  The Bears then hired a veteran coach in Larry Lewis, who is a full-time Barclay College employee, to take the reins.

Late in the summer the Bears received official word that four returning players from last season would still be attending Barclay College but not playing volleyball. In addition, two additional Barclay College student/athletes transferred to other institutions. That meant the Bears held their first week of practice with five players but were hopeful that they could pick up a player or two from within the student body. Then, the final blow was injury related. What was believed to be a season-ending injury, was the last straw and the Bears were forced to focus their attention on the 2015 season.

“We are extremely excited about Coach Lewis and what he brings to the Athletic Department at Barclay College. I really believe when it is all said and done, he will be one of the best volleyball coaches we have had here,” said Athletic Director Royce Bryan. “It is just unfortunate that circumstances played out the way they did for this season. I really feel for Coach Lewis but am confident he will do everything in his power to right the ship and be ready come August of next year with a new class of volleyball recruits.”

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The 2014-15 Barclay College Athletics schedules were recently released. This year the Bears will compete in Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Soccer, and Men’s and Women’s Cross Country in the fall and Men’s and Women’s Basketball in the winter. In Spring 2015, the Bears will also explore regional competitions for Men’s and Women’s Track and Field.

At the end of August, both Women’s Volleyball and Men’s Soccer will open their season on August 26th. Women’s Volleyball, under new Head Coach Larry Lewis, will travel to Sterling College in Sterling, KS to begin their season while Men’s Soccer will host Oklahoma Wesleyan in an exhibition soccer match on the campus of Barclay College. Men’s Soccer looks to build on their recent successes; 2013 Co-Champions in the Midwest Christian College Conference (MCCC) and their runner-up finish at the NCCAA Division II Southwest Region Tournament. The NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament for both volleyball and soccer will be hosted by Barclay College October 24th-25th.

Cross Country will be up and running on Sept. 6th in Wichita while they continue to grow the program and qualify runners for the mid-November NCCAA National meet in Cedarville, OH for the second year in a row. They will also plan to run meets in Hillsboro, Hutchinson and Vanessa, KS leading up to nationals.

This winter, Men’s Basketball opens up against Central Christian College in McPherson, KS on Nov. 4th while Women’s Basketball will kick things off on Nov. 11 in Haviland, KS against Dallas Christian College under the leadership of new Head Coach Ryan Kendall. Homecoming will be Saturday, February 7th against Ozark Christian College. Then on February 19th-21st, the Men’s and Women’s MCCC Tournament will be played in Haviland to start post-season play for both teams. Both will travel to Arlington, TX for the NCCAA Division II Southwest Region Tournament on February 26th in hopes of qualifying for nationals.

The Barclay College Athletics page will have the most up-to-date news, schedules, times and match results. Please email royce.bryan@barclaycollege.edu about any Barclay College Athletics questions.


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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At the conclusion of the 2013 NCCAA Division II Fall Championship season, Barclay College received word that four of its student-athletes received national recognition for their work this season.

First, Sophomore Kingsley Assibey from Ghana Africa was selected as a 2nd Team All-American.  Assibey finished this season with 24 goals and 5 assists which placed him among the top three point earners in the nation for division II. His ability to maintain a one-goal-per-game average created havoc for opposing defenses this season as he helped lead the Bears to a 13-5 record.

On the volleyball side, Senior Sarah Sullivan from San Antonio, TX earned Honorable Mention All-American. As a senior she totaled over 175 kills with near a 3.0 kill average while also being named to the Southwest Region First Team. Sullivan’s significant contributions this year, in addition to her four year career at Barclay College, helped earn her this special recognition.

Senior Hannah Williams from Haviland, KS and Junior Morgan Stander from Omaha, NE were also recognized for their achievements in the classroom as they were both named 2013 Scholar Athletes. To garner this recognition, student-athletes must be a junior or senior and maintain a cumulative GPA at or above a 3.5 on 4.0 scale.

“This is much deserved recognition for our student-athletes,” said Athletic Director Royce Bryan. “I am just very proud of these young men and women for the extra commitment and effort they put in in order to help their respective teams strive for excellence and I want to say thank you on behalf of the Barclay College community for all they have done for their teams, the BC Athletic Department, and the community.”


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The Lady Bears Volleyball team finished off their season this past weekend after dropping their first two matches in the NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament hosted by Arlington Baptist College (Arlington, TX).

Barclay went into the tournament as the 5th seed and found themselves in the opening game Friday morning against #4 Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX). As the Lady Bears took the court for the third time this season against the Crusaders, they were hoping for a different outcome than the previous two matches. However, the Crusaders proved to be too much and jumped out to win the first two sets quickly, 15-25 and 11-25. The Bears were able to rally a little in the third behind Senior hitters Sarah Sullivan and Hannah Williams, but fell short and lost 19-25 in the third.

Later that day, the Bears would face the #2 seeded Saints of Hillsdale Baptist, who had been beaten by #3 seed Arlington Baptist earlier that day, to keep their season going. The Lady Bears jumped out to an early lead behind William’s serving, and kept the pressure on the Saints. The lead went back and forth before the Bears dropped the set 21-25. The next two sets were played well by both sides with long volleys and hard hits, but the Saints would be the ones who would be victorious, winning the last two sets 16-25 and 11-25. The loss eliminated the Bears from further post season play and ended their 2013 season.

The Lady Bears had two ladies recognized by the Southwest Region. Sullivan was awarded to the NCCAA Southwest Region First Team for the second year in a row, while Williams was named Honorable Mention for her contributions.

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The Barclay College Volleyball team heads to Arlington, TX for the NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament. This double elimination tournament is hosted by Arlington Baptist College and will determine the SW region representative at nationals the second week of November. The Bears received the fifth seed for the tournament.

At 10:00 AM CST on Friday, November  the Bears will open tournament play against #4 Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX). The Bears narrowly lost both regular season matches against the Crusaders. If the Bears pull off the upset, they would play at 2:00 PM against #1 Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO). If they lose their first match, they would then play at 4:00 PM.


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Last weekend, the Barclay College Bears soccer and volleyball teams were well represented in the Midwest Christian College Conference. At the MCCC Tournament’s in Ankeny, IA for soccer and Belton, MO for volleyball, six soccer players and one volleyball player were recognized for the exceptional play during the regular season.

The Barclay College Men’s Soccer team roared to a first place tie in conference play with a 5-1 record thanks to the play of Freshman midfielder Melvin Lara who was named the MCCC’s Most Valuable Player. Accompanying him on the first team was Senior goalkeeper Austin Ogle, Sophomore Kinglsey Assibey, and Freshman defender Pedro Chavez. Senior Pilo Miranda-Troup and Freshman Eli Dahir were named to the second team.

On the volleyball side, the Bears finished in fifth place in conference. Senior Sarah Sullivan was named to the second team for the second year in a row as she she has been a top hitter in the country for most of the season.


Friday morning the Barclay College Bears volleyball team found themselves in yet another dog fight with the Warriors of Calvary Bible College, this time in the first round of the Midwest Christian College Conference.

The 5th seeded Bears jumped out to an early lead until the Warriors narrowed the gap as the set progressed. Unfortunately, the Bears could not capitalize on a couple of set points as the Warriors took set one 27-25. In the second set, the Bears again found themselves with multiple set point opportunities before the Warriors squeaked out the marathon set 32-30. Up two sets, the Warriors’ momentum allowed them to build a substantial third set lead but the Bears made one last comeback. Even though they managed to narrow the lead from 17-23 to 22-24, they didn’t have enough in the tank. The loss was the Bears third loss to Calvary Bible this season.

“They just had our number this year,” said Head Coach Shari Bryan. “We did a lot of things well but were unable to take advantage of any of those set points we had to finish off a set.”

The Bears are back at it Saturday morning in a consolation match at 10:00 AM CST against Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO). Back in September, the Bears went on the road and won an exciting five set match against Central Christian. This consolation match will be played at Calvary Bible College.

On a more positive note, Friday afternoon Senior Sarah Sullivan was recognized as a 2nd team all-conference player.

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Calvary Bible College is hosting the 2013 Midwest Christian College Conference Tournament. They will be live streaming all the tournament matches at the following link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/calvary-athletics.

The Barclay College Bears received the #5 seed for the tournament and will face off against #4 Calvary Bible College at 10:00 AM CST on Friday, October 25th. The Bears and the Warriors have went at it two times this year with the Warriors getting the better in both matches, one being a five set win.

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The Barclay College Lady Bears volleyball team will head to Calvary Bible College in Belton, MO next week in first round action of Midwest Christian College Conference Tournament play. The Bears earned the #5 seed in the tournament and will play at 10:00 AM on Friday, October 25th against the Warriors of Calvary Bible College.

In the Bears previous two meetings with the Warriors, they lost in four sets way back in August and then lost a five set thriller at Calvary at the end of September.

Here is the tournament breakdown:

Friday, Oct. 25th @ 10:00 AM – #5 Barclay College v. #4 Calvary Bible College

Friday, Oct. 25th @ 11:45 AM – # 3 Faith Baptist Bible College v. #6 Central Christian College of the Bible

Friday, Oct. 25th @ 1:30 PM – #2 Ozark Christian College v. #7 St. Louis Christian College

Friday, Oct. 25th @ 3:15 PM – #1 Manhattan Christian College v. Winner of #5 BC/#4 CBC

Friday, Oct. 25th @ 6:00 PM – Winner of #3 FBBC/#6 CCCB v. Winner of #2 OCC/#7 SLCC

Friday, Oct. 25th @ 8:00 PM – Loser of #3 FBBC/#6 CCCB v. Loser of #2 OCC/#7 SLCC

Saturday, Oct. 26th @ 10:00 AM – Loser of #5 BC/#4 CBC v. Winner of 8:00 PM Match

Saturday, Oct. 26th @12:00 PM – 3rd Place Consolation Match

Saturday, Oct. 26th @ 2:00 PM – Championship Match