"I believe the balance between competition and good sportsmanship is achieved through Christian character. As we teach our students to strive for success on the field, to work as a team and encourage each other, they develop the character and life skills that will serve them all their lives."
For this week's feature, we are highlighting another one of our special athletic coaches, Sporting Clays Coach Bob Whitney. You can read more about his family as well as his passion for building Christian character and life skills within the sport in his story below!
All Colleges/Universities Attended and Degrees Obtained
BA Business, St. Mary's of California; M. Div., Talbot School of Theology
What sport(s) do you coach?
Tell Us a Little About Your Own Athletic Experience (high school, college, etc):
I played High School Baseball, Water Polo, BMX Freestyle and Mountain Biking.
Share with us about your family, any hobbies you enjoy, and what brought you to WCCS.
Our children, Jack (8th grade) and Laura (6th grade) began attending WCCS in August 2018 when we moved from Sacramento, CA to Charlotte to be near family. We visited several Christian schools in the area, and the Lord clearly led us to WCCS. We love going to the beach, Disneyland (we haven't been to Disney World yet) movies and pizza!!
What do you love most about coaching at WCCS?
I love helping create the opportunity for students to enjoy God's creation while safely learning the discipline of Sporting Clays. As a volunteer, it is a pleasure working with Rich Engle and Marcy Kruger in the Athletics department.
How do you encourage our WCCS student athletes to bring their Christian faith onto the athletic field?
Attending a Sporting Clays event is a powerful experience. I have never seen a group of student athletes with better manners and respect. Our tournaments average 700 to 800 student shooters. Thanks to the South Carolina Youth Shooting Foundation (SCYSF), each event is Christ-focused and safety is paramount. We begin with prayer and end the day with a Gospel presentation from folks such as the Fellowship of Student Athletes.
How do you believe WCCS athletics helps prepare student athletes for life?
I believe the balance between competition and good sportsmanship is achieved through Christian character. As we teach our students to strive for success on the field, to work as a team, and encourage each other, they develop the character and life skills that will serve them all their lives.
Share a moment from your coaching here at WCCS that stands out as something you never want to forget.
I will never forget the look on the face of a student who just shot their personal best. It's really the culmination of their commitment, focus, respect, and teamwork.