Meneley steps down as Friends head football coach

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Courtesy: Friends University Athletics

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Friends head football coach Dion Meneley has stepped down from his position effective immediately.

Current defensive coordinator Matt Byers will serve as the interim head coach through the end of this season.

Friends University Associate VP of Athletics Dr. Rob Ramseyer made the annnouncement.

“Dion has been a high character, genuine person who has worked hard during his time here,” Ramseyer said. “He strived to cultivate a positive atmosphere for his student-athletes and was a great asset to our athletic department. We wish him nothing but the best in his next chapter and appreciate his time here.”

Meneley was originally hired at Friends as the defensive coordinator for the Falcons in 2017 before being named the head coach in time for the 2017 season opener. He coached 15 All-KCAC performers last season, while senior defensive lineman Kevin McKenzie received the prestigious KCAC Male Student-Athlete Champion of Character award in 2020. In the classroom, Meneley’s program featured 12 student-athletes receiving NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition last season.

“It has been an honor and pleasure to be the head football coach for Friends University over the last 4 1/2 years. Unfortunately, I did not accomplish what I set out to accomplish on the field, but I am very proud of the culture we have built. I have been able to live every day with incredible coaches and players and love each of them very much,” Meneley said.

A search for a permanent head coach will begin immediately.    

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