Dan Bodiker, longtime coach and athletic director at Bethany Christian High School, has been selected to the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame class of 2007 and was honored at the ISCA annual banquet on Sunday, Nov. 18. He was also honored prior to the Bethany's home varsity basketball contest with Westview on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
ISCA selected Bodiker "for his efforts in helping shape the high school game in Indiana." In 1964 Dan's first year at Bethany, he broadened the school's soccer program-one of the earliest programs in the state-by playing other recently-established teams at Argos and Culver Military Academy. In 1969 he was instrumental in helping found the Northern Indiana Soccer Conference, the state's first soccer conference, which in addition to Bethany consisted of Argos, Culver Military Academy, Westview, Divine Heart, and Lalumiere. Thirteen schools have been a part of the conference over the years; however, Bethany, Argos, and Culver Military are the only original members currently in the conference. Other current conference teams include Culver Community, Elkhart Christian, South Bend Trinity, and Lakeland Christian.
Dan coached soccer at Bethany until 1997, compiling a record from 1966-97 (earlier records not complete) of 326-135-39, a .707 winning percentage. In a time before there was a state tournament, his 1971 and 1972 Bethany teams were voted the mythical state champion by the state's soccer coaches. He was on the committee that helped establish a state tournament in 1973 and in 1986 his Bethany team lost in the semifinal championship game after previously beating no. 1 Canterbury 5-2. In 1989 he had his only losing season, but over the next seven years, 1990-96, his teams won five conference championships and finished as runner-ups the other two years.
Over the years Dan has been a mentor to many area coaches, which have included a number of his former players such as Bethany coach Hank Willems, Argos coach Myron Bontreger and former area coaches Scott Bodiker (women's soccer at Goshen College), Bryan Kehr (girls soccer at Bethany Christian), and Gary Weaver (boys soccer at Goshen High School). Along with Dwain Hartzler and Steffen Miller, Dan helped start the Goshen Youth Soccer Organization in 1985, which is still a popular spring soccer program for teaching soccer to children and youth.