EPHRAIM—Athletes at Snow College have new wheels to ride on for competitions all over the country after the Athletic Department unveiled a team bus on Thursday, Aug. 25.
Snow College unveiled the bus at a ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to the Badgers’ season-opening football contest.
Before now, Snow had been leasing buses and flying athletes to games, a method that has proved exceedingly ex- pensive. Rob Nielson, assistant to the president for student engagement and former athletic director, said the bus will save the college $50,000 to $80,000 a year in transportation costs.
The new bus is a 2018 model with a 56-passenger capacity. The interior is painted in Snow’s signature blue. There is a Snow College wrap on the outside.
The process of finding and purchasing a bus was daunting, Nielson said. He took the mat- ter up with the Snow College Foundation Board.
Board member Romney Stewart, a former Snow College football player, took the matter to heart. He had a friend from graduate school, John Lendherr, who is the CEO of A-Z Bus Sales, Inc., in Los Angeles. Landherr informed the board that he had a surplus of motor coaches due to a downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since many of Landherr’s surplus coaches had been re- possessed from companies no longer paying for them, they were available at one-third the normal cost and had hardly been used.
Former Snow College football player Eric Bergeson and his wife Chandra donated the money for purchase of the bus.