Myers Hendrickson resigns as Kansas Wesleyan football coach; Matt Myers named new head coach

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Matt Myers talks to players during Kansas Wesleyan’s 54-0 win over Bethany on September 25.
Matt Myers talks to players during Kansas Wesleyan’s 54-0 win over Bethany on September 25.

Myers Hendrickson's time at Kansas Wesleyan has come to an end after three seasons.

On Friday, Hendrickson was named the next football coach at Western Illinois. Hendrickson will be returning to his alma mater, where he graduated in 2014.

Hendrickson went 31-5, including a forfeit, in his three seasons at Wesleyan, guiding the Coyotes to two Kansas Conference regular-season championships and two appearances in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series.

Kansas Wesleyan also named defensive coordinator Matt Myers the new head coach on Friday. Myers has been on the Coyotes' staff for the past six seasons.

"Top to bottom, Kansas Wesleyan is about excellence, and you have my pledge that I will carry forward that tradition," Myers said in a statement. "I know Kansas Wesleyan University, I believe in Kansas Wesleyan University, and I call Kansas Wesleyan University home.

"I'd like to thank president (Matt) Thompson, Ken Oliver, and (athletics director) Steve Wilson for this opportunity and their support. My wife, Sara, and my family are fortunate to be a part of such a great community."

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Myers, a 2015 KWU graduate, also is a Southeast of Saline High School alumnus. He'll be the first Wesleyan alum to be the head coach of the Coyotes since Virgil Baer, who coached the Coyotes from 1946-1948.

"Matt Myers has an unmatched passion for Coyote football. He has seen this program from every angle possible – as a player, as a coach on both sides of the ball, and now as the leader of our storied football program," Wilson said in a statement. "Matt has been an integral part of this era of success for Kansas Wesleyan football and is the perfect fit to continue our success and reach new heights for the football program."

Myers played for the Coyotes in two different stints. He played in 2006 and again from 2013-15. He was an All-KCAC honorable mention pick in 2006 and a second-team pick in 2015.

Myers was also recently named the 2021 NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.

Dylan Sherwood has been a sports reporter for the Salina Journal since August 2019. He can be reached at dsherwood@salina.com or on Twitter @DSherwoodSJ

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