Former Wichita State coach Willie Jeffries and former Bethany coach Ted Kessinger have been announced as 2010 inductees to the National College Football Hall of Fame.
Jeffries was NCAA Division I's first African-American football coach when he was hired at WSU in 1979. He coached five seasons, including the 1982 season in which the Shockers rolled to an 8-3 record.
Jeffries also coached three black national championship winners and seven MEAC conference champions. He came to WSU from South Carolina State, then coached at Howard from 1984-88 before returning to S.C. State, where he retired as coach in 2001. He is now head coach emeritus.
Kessinger was 219-57-1 in 28 seasons at Bethany, never enduring a losing season. His Swedes won KCAC championships 16 times and he was conference coach of the year 11 times.
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When he retired as coach in 2003, Kessinger was NAIA's winningest active coach in percentage and total wins. Kessinger remains in Lindsborg as a special consultant to the college president.
Jeffries and Kessinger, along with players Emerson Boozer (Md.-Eastern Shore), Troy Brown (Marshall), Brian Kelley (Cal Lutheran) and Milt Morin (Massachusetts), will be inducted during ceremonies July 16-17 in South Bend, Ind.