"Coaching gives me a unique opportunity to invest in young men and women, so they transfer what they learn from the soccer platform right into their lives."
We are so grateful for the many ways that our WCCS Chaplain, Jake Tassy, invests and speaks truth into the lives of our students at both the upper and lower school. Did you know that he also serves as the Varsity Boys Soccer coach? Read on to learn more about his passion for soccer and encouraging WCCS athletes to represent Christ both on and off the field.
All Colleges/Universities Attended and Degrees Obtained (If Applicable)
Messiah University - Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, Communications Minor
What sport(s) do you coach?
Varsity Boys Soccer
Tell Us a Little About Your Own Athletic Experience (high school, college, etc)
I have been around the soccer ball from the crib. I played club soccer and was a 4-year-high school varsity athlete in soccer, basketball, and track. I played 4 year varsity soccer at Messiah University, 3 years as a United Soccer League pro-player with the Charlotte Eagles, and I am a 2x over 40 yr old State Champ... Officially retired from being a player = I'm old but healthy!
Share with us about your family, any hobbies you enjoy, and what brought you to WCCS.
I have been married to my college sweetheart for 27 years. You may also know her as our WCCS Upper School Assitant, Katie Tassy. We have three children (24, 21,18 years of age). We enjoy road trips, laughing, walks, woodworking, dinner around the table as much as possible, being with extended family, movies & popcorn.
What do you love most about coaching at WCCS?
Coaching gives me a unique opportunity to invest in young men and women, so they transfer what they learn from the soccer platform right into their lives. I love the teachable moments and Ah-Ha moments in student athletes.
How do you encourage our WCCS student athletes to bring their Christian faith onto the athletic field?
The Gospel is not a separate thing from being an athlete. Secondary to that, we live by the "WE" standards as best as we can. We will: aim to please Jesus - to not just be about myself, but to be positive, do little things well, and work hard & smart - 1 Corinthians 16:13-14; Romans 12:5; Colossians 3:23-24.
How do you believe WCCS athletics helps prepare student athletes for life?
The field of play is a microcosm for life's "stuff" that gets thrown at you. Learning to manage those experiences both on & off the field, plus responding in a way that Jesus gets the glory, is a process.
Share a moment from your coaching here at WCCS that stands out as something you never want to forget.
There was a student who worked hard but would hardly see time on the field. He served our team so well. Even our starting guys aimed to be patient with him because they knew that His spirit was so valuable to our team climate. During one game, we were able to get him in, and some of our other support players wanted to pull out their cameras. I broke my own sideline rule of "no phones out during games" just so they could take pictures of him being out there on the field. They wanted to document & send them to his parents.