"I'd like to see our student athletes see the value in pursuing excellence in all that they do - spiritually, academically, and athletically - and embracing the self-discipline and work ethic that's needed to attain lofty goals they may have as individuals and teams. Most importantly, though, I hope they see that process and achievement can be used to either bring glory to themselves, or to Jesus - to serve their own ends, or the needs of others (and ultimately Christ)."
We are thrilled to announce Mr. Rich Engle as our new WCCS Athletic Director!
Rich has 25 years of experience in school leadership and administration, and 27 years of coaching experience ranging from the collegiate level through grade school. Most recently, he served as the Director of Athletics & Advancement for Westminster Christian School in Elgin, Illinois. Please join us in welcoming Rich to the WCCS family! He has a true passion for leading students to use their athletic abilities as an instrument to point others to Christ. Read more about it below!
Tell us a little about you and your family:
I grew up in Orlando, FL. I attended Covenant College (Lookout Mtn, GA) where I played college basketball and met my wife (Pam). We'll celebrate our 30th Anniversary in November. We have twin daughters (Sydney and Maddy) who are United States Marines. Sydney recently completed active duty and is now a Police Officer with the City of San Diego, CA - Maddy is currently serving her second enlistment. They both played volleyball through high school.
Tells us something that we would be surprised to know about you:
I enjoy attending the Theatre. My favorite musical is Les Miserables.
Describe how you feel God has called you to your particular career path:
I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home, but the Lord really used the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to strongly impact my growth during my junior high and high school years. Also, during high school and college, I was blessed to play for two wonderful coaches. I believe the Lord used each of these experiences to lead me to a career that saw athletics as an instrument to point others to Christ.
What attracted you to WCCS?
The determined and collective focus of the leadership and staff to integrate a Christ-centered world view in all curricular and co-curricular activities. The school displays a real genuineness and warmth. With that as the foundation, it was exciting to see the vision of the school – to see what God has done, and where they sees Him leading in the future. In athletics, in particular, the program has been developing, and is poised to really continue developing and growing. But the growth will not just be in the physical abilities of our student athletes, or in the number or size of our teams, but in seeing young disciples grow in their commitment to Christ and seeing sports as a platform to advance His kingdom. I'm excited to see our coaching staff develop as great "disciplers," too.
In what particular ways do you hope to shape the learning or spiritual experience of our students here at WCCS?
I'd like to see our student athletes see the value in pursuing excellence in all that they do - spiritually, academically, and athletically - and embracing the self-discipline and work ethic that's needed to attain lofty goals they may have as individuals and teams. Most importantly, though, I hope they see that process and achievement can be used to either bring glory to themselves, or to Jesus - to serve their own ends, or the needs of others (and ultimately Christ). Our coaches have many opportunities in this area to pour into the lives of our student athletes. The important thing to realize is that it doesn't happen overnight, it is a process. But we have to be intentional.
The WCCS mission statement is “educating students to bless our world as disciples of Jesus Christ”. How do you hope to accomplish this as a faculty/staff member?
Society often gives a unique platform to athletes. At WCCS, we want to excite our student thletes about the opportunities they have to affect our community and culture by pointing others to Christ. Disciples learn by hearing and following the model of those who are teaching and discipling them. As coaches then, we want to model and teach the disciplines and habits necessary to develop athletically and spiritually. In turn, we want to encourage them to be servant-leaders who are willing to sacrifice their own glory and accolades (sometimes using them) to bless others, through whatever opportunities the Lord brings their way.
What is your biggest desire for each student that walks in to your classroom or office?
To know Christ. To lead those who don't know Jesus into life-changing relationship with Him, and disciple those who have already surrendered their life to Him in a growing relationship with Him.