In sports, the old saying goes, “records are made to be broken.”
But as for the athletic planning at Christian Heritage Academy (CHA), plans are made to be fulfilled.
In recent weeks, the school has made two recent hires that indicate its commitment to create an innovative sports department ready to start competing in the all-too-near future.
The first hire was a two for one — Franklin County native Tim Wilson will serve as both the next Associate Director of Athletics and the head basketball coach. Playing basketball and other sports in many capacities throughout his life, Wilson somehow knew he would, one day, end up coaching a sport.
“I can say that my newly acquired position here at CHA has come about completely on the Lord’s leading and providential hand,” Wilson wrote in speaking about his hire. “…I’ve always thought that I would find myself in a coaching role.”
Open Gyms began early June and, already, Wilson has seen noteworthy traits come out in the athletes.
“I’ve definitely seen our guys putting in the work and progressing in their basketball knowledge and skills,” he said about the summer of open gyms. “If the work is put in, the results will come. If nothing else, I want our players to be fundamentally sound and skilled at all positions on the court and on both sides of the ball.”
As important as Wilson’s head coaching position will be taking the sidelines of the Castle floor, his daytime role as the AD holds great significance. He has a philosophy ready to implement to enhance the sports program at the school. It starts with showing the utmost appreciation to his coaches.
“Time is a valuable commodity. Coaching, regardless of sport, requires a lot of time, sacrifice, and hard work,” Wilson said. “As the Associate Director of Athletics, I want my coaches to know that they are greatly appreciated for investing their time and sharing their talents and wisdom with our student athletes.”
The other hire of significance was that of Christy Williams, who coached CHA’s middle school volleyball team in 2014-15. She will return as head coach during the 2017-18 campaign to continue what she started in her lone stretch at the helm.
“I am very excited to be a part of the athletic program at CHA and about the upcoming volleyball season,” Williams wrote in about the position.
For Williams, picking up where she left off only begins her plans with the group. A positive, team-building, trust-filled atmosphere will be crucial in the coming months to point her team in the right direction. Her heart-over-talent approach allows for anyone to prove themselves on the court.
“Trust is essential in any relationship, including the coach/player relationship. My plan to help build trust is to make sure every player knows they are an important part of the team,” Williams said, who played volleyball at Franklin County and continues to compete in multiple adult leagues today. “Hard work, positive attitude, determination to improve and effort will be acknowledged regardless of skill level. Every player is an important component to a team.
Williams mantra is as simple as: “Effort, attitude, willingness to try, passion, and most importantly, faith that can move mountains.”
The Blue Ridge has a team to fear.
Both hires, and specifically, that of Wilson as the AD, fulfills one of the primary goals found in the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan: Resolving For Excellence and Truth. It is clear to see the leadership of the school has made a dedication to fulfilling all facets of the plan.
Wilson has a few ideas for his own plan, and they begin with utilizing the most hands-on resources available: those valued coaches.
“As coaches, we all have a great opportunity to not only share the knowledge of a sport we love with the students, but we are provided the chance to make a deep, lasting, and perhaps an eternal impact on every student we come in contact with,” Wilson added about his coaches’ impact.
“Ultimately, I hope we lead all of our athletes closer to Christ and encourage them to be more like Him in everything they do.”