Steven Gillespie, Gardner, has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Bethany College for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Gillespie, a six-foot-one pitcher, comes to Bethany from St. James Academy in Lenexa, Kan., where he played baseball all four years. While there he was a member of the two-time state champion baseball team. He earned second-team all-state honors and his sophomore and senior years, he received the Most Improved Player Award.
In addition to baseball, Gillespie also played basketball for two years and ran cross country one year. He also received the Academics of Excellence in Physical Education Award.
Head Baseball Coach Jeremy Cantrell says, “Steven is a sidearm pitcher who should give us help in the bullpen.  He is used to success and pressure as he participated in back to back state championship teams at St. James Academy.”
Gillespie is the son of Steve and Maureen Gillespie. He has a 3.5 grade point average and plans to major in pre-professional physical therapy.
The Bethany College Swedes compete in 18 intercollegiate sports in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Bethany participates in the NAIA Champions of Character program, which encourages integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership in student-athletes, coaches, and youth in the community. Since 1902, Bethany has won 149 conference championships. Learn more about the Bethany College Swede’s athletic programs at www.bethanyswedes.com.
Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu.