History of Bethel Athletics
Bethel University  is a member of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and competes in the Southern States Athletics Conference in all sports except Bowling, Football and Track.  The bowling, football and track  programs compete in the Mid-South Athletic Conference. Bethel was a charter member of the VSAC.
Prior to competing in the Southern States, Bethel played in the Transouth and Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC).

Athletic scholarships are available and are awarded by each sport's coach. To be eligible for an athletic scholarship, a student athlete must meet the NAIA eligibility requirements of at least two of the following three criteria: 18 Composite on the ACT, 2.00 Grade Point Average, and/or be ranked in the top 50% of your graduating class.

We encourage you to visit our sports' websites frequently to stay abreast of happenings and events! The 'Cats have a long rich history of success in Intercollegiate Athletics, winning the 2008 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship, and has been represented in the National Tournament by our Men's Golf, Women's Basketball and Men's Basketball teams. We have been crowned Conference Champions in Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Football, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Softball and Volleyball.

Bethel University Athletic Achievements & Accomplishments 2012-2013

McKenzie, Tenn. –The 2012-2013 athletics seasons have again as in seasons past proved to be productive and fruitful for the coaches and student-athletes at the university.

In women's basketball the Lady Wildcats won 21 games and returned to the NAIA Championship Series for the fourth time in school history. Four players were named as conference all-scholar athletes and Camille Cooper was selected as the NAIA Champion of Character representative. Several players made the all-conference team and Jackliann Street was named conference freshman of the year.

In men's basketball Bethel won 24 games this past season which is the most ever in program history competing at the NAIA Division I level. Caleb Hardy was named as an NAIA Scholar Athlete. Coach Jeff Britt was named TranSouth Conference Coach of the Year. Two players (Jarvis Palmer & Caleb Hardy) eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark. The team set a new school record for rebounds in a game with 68 against Cumberland University. Two players were named as conference all-scholars.

The Pigskin Cats won the Mid-South Western Division Championship and finished No. 9 in the final NAIA poll. Bethel completed a 9-4 season and advanced to the post season play-offs for the first time in five years. The Wildcats had numerous all-conference performers and six conference all-scholars.

Bethel's In-Line Hockey squad just completed their regular season at 25-4-1 and appeared in the national championship in Fort Myers, Florida. Two players played in the World Championships.

Three members of the Bethel Shooting team earned All-American status and the team again won several regional championships.

In Cross Country the men's squad won the TranSouth Conference title in the fall. Seven were named conference all-scholars. One competed in the national finals in Seattle.

Men's soccer had the most all-scholar soccer (6) athletes in the TranSouth Conference. Four were named as all-conference for their play on the field. In women's soccer the team won 12 games this past season and had several all-conference performers and three all-scholar athletes.

The men's tennis team finished 20-2 on the season. The Cats were voted number 10 in the final NAIA Top 25.

In women's golf seven student-athletes were recognized as all-scholar athletes. The team competed in the NAIA national tournament. Shane Peden of the men's team competed in the national tournament.

In volleyball the Volley Cats won the TranSouth Conference championship. Seven Lady Cats were named to the conference all-scholar squad. Bethel's Shea Sheppard was named as an NAIA All-Scholar.

In women's Track & Field four were named to the NAIA All-American squad. One Wildcat was also earned All-American honors

The Bethel Dance team won the Hip-Hop Division National Championship recently in Florida.

The Bass Cats won a national title in May, 2013.

The Bethel Bat Cats won their first TranSouth Conference regular season championship with an 11-1 mark.  The Wildcat squad had 11 conference scholar athletes. Six players were named to the all-conference team. Three were selected to the TSAC Gold Glove squad. Coach Rusty Thompson was named the TSAC Coach of the Year. Brian Ferrell was named an Honorable Mention All-American and won NAIA Player of the Week during the season. He finished in the Top 15 in the nation in several offensive categories. Lance Jarreld was in the Top 15 in several national categories as well. The team ranked seventh in the nation in Home Runs per game (0.705).