It is football time around here and the unseasonably cool temperatures heightened the anticipation of Friday night’s high school jamborees. Kickoff for our favorite team was 9:00, and we were there, along with hundreds of other fans, to lend support.
Last year they were 10 and 0. The year before they went 6 and 5 which was astounding since it was the first year they fielded a varsity team. The high school didn’t exist five years ago.
The head coach charged with building this successful program played high school sports in a Kansas town where state championships were the norm. After playing on several championship teams himself, he was offered a football scholarship to a college in the mid-south.
He played from 1989-1993 and then returned to his alma mater in Kansas where he was an assistant coach on three state championship teams. As the head track coach, he fielded another state championship team.
Several years ago, while on a summer visit to Tennessee, this young coach was introduced to a local principal and when a coaching position became available the principal called and offered him the job.
He moved his family back to Tennessee and after a few years was offered an opportunity to start the football program at a brand new high school.
Armed with a vision and a strong faith in God, the coach set about building a program that could consistently win championships. With community support, a first-class stadium was built and fans recently held a ribbon cutting for an impressive field house.
What this program has accomplished in a relatively short period of time is phenomenal, but there is more to the story.
Since his college days, this man has been involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes whose mission statement, “To present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church,” spoke of his own commitment to the Lord.
He started a local chapter when he returned to coach in Kansas. He was a camp counselor for summer camps at Estes Park, Co and Black Mountain, NC.
When picked to build a brand new football program, he also started another chapter of FCA.
Mother wrote in her journal, “Though our eternal awards await us, we already can enjoy many benefit of obedience now as we apply God’s word to our lives.”
Fellowship of Christian Athletes encourages coaches and athletes to apply God’s word in their lives. With their influence, a coach who has been called “according to His purpose” has developed a team that will give this small community an extraordinary experience.