Felder leaving BCA

Bethlehem Christian Academy head football coach and athletic director Gus Felder is leaving after just under a year with the school to take a position with the NFL's Carolina Panthers. 

Bethlehem Christian Academy athletic director and head football coach Gus Felder resigned last week after just under a year with the school to take a position with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers organization.

It was not known as off press time Wednesday, March 18, what exact position Felder had taken with the Panthers, though the team had posted an opening for an assistant strength and conditioning coach in recent weeks.

Felder confirmed the hire on his Twitter account last week. Attempts to reach him were unsuccessful. 

Felder, a former All-American offensive lineman at Penn State, spent a year with the Cleveland Browns before beginning his coaching career, which has included several high school and collegiate stops, including stints as director of strength and conditioning under Mark Richt at Miami from 2016-2018 and assistant strength coach under Richt at Georgia from 2014-2015.

He was hired by BCA in April 2019 as the school’s head football coach and AD following the dismissal of Lance Fendley from those duties two months prior.

The rebuilding Knights struggled on the gridiron last fall, going 1-10 with the lone win a 65-0 rout of Augusta Prep on Oct. 4.

"We are thankful for all that Coach Felder has contributed to BCA athletics and congratulate him as he moves into an exciting new position with the Carolina Panthers," BCA head of school Rhonda Whiting said in a statement. "Coach Felder will remain a BCA parent as well as a part of our BCA community."

Whiting said she would not be naming an interim athletic director for the time being and that Felder is assisting with the transition. The current staff of football coaches are running the program's offseason activities at this time, she said, though the school remains closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

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