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NCS Makes Great Strides in Track and Field

June 04, 2019
By Ronnie Seigenthaler, Athletic Director

This past season we have had tremendous growth in the size of our high school track and field program. We have gone from having only five male members last season to having 20 male members and 12 female members participating this season. We experienced tremendous growth and success with our student-athletes during the regular season that led us to the Region Championship, which is our opportunity to qualify for the State Track Meet.

The week of the region, our girls team finished 5th out of 16 teams and accumulated 14 Region medals qualifying four girls for the state meet.  Our boys team finished 7th out of 16 teams and accumulated 16 region medals qualifying two for the state meet. In the state meet we had four athletes medal, sophomore Harris Adams and junior Brittany Lawless-Sherrill in the Shot Put, junior Dakota Owens in the 100m Dash and freshman Olivia Marlin in the 400m. All of this was accomplished without a track or appropriate training facilities on the NCS campus.

Coach Ronnie Seigenthaler has presented a plan for a new track training area and has begun raising funds for the project. The plans include seven lanes at 50 meters long and areas for shot, discus, high jump, long jump and pole vault. We feel that there is a genuine excitement for the track and field team at NCS, and we know that with the completion of this track training project, Nashville Christian can be an up-and-coming power in track and field!
   

Soccer Team Success

May 08, 2019
By Nashville Christian School

It was a tough loss last night for the NCS boys varsity soccer team, but what they have accomplished this season has been historic! In 2018, the Eagles won only one of their seven district games, scored only nine goals, conceded 32 and were ranked sixth going into the first regional round where they lost 6-2 to BGA.

But this season tells a different story. Again, the Eagles played seven district games, but they won five, scored 23 goals in regular season district play and only conceded eight! Junior Tristan Hogan and senior Zach Clark scored eight goals each! Our winning record gave the Eagles a number four seeding going into tournament play, allowing us to bypass the first round for the first time in school history. On Saturday, May 4th, we hosted the Eagles from Ezell-Harding at and won 4-1!  Last night their season ended with a tough loss to a talented CPA team in the regional quarterfinals. About this year’s season and team,

Athletic Director Ronnie Seigenthaler said, “It has been a pleasure to watch our boys soccer team compete this season. I am proud to say that when they take the field, you see a competitive skill level and a strong chemistry on this year’s team. I am proud of all they have accomplished.”

We are all so proud of these players and coaches for all of their incredible growth and achievements! Go Eagles!

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NCS Middle School Wrestling 2017-18

April 06, 2018
By Nashville Christian School

Another great video by NCS parent Patrick Sheehan! See the strides made by our middle school wrestling team this year. Seventh grader Peyton Woodard and eigth grader Lucas Kline became the first HVAC wrestling champions in Nashville Christian School history! These guys exemplify what it means to be COMMITTED!

NCS Middle School Wrestling 2017_Committed from patrick sheehan on Vimeo.

NCS Students Have Heart

February 23, 2018
By Sarah Bedell, PE Teacher

We had a successful two weeks of fundraising for the American Heart Association with Jump Rope for Heart! We demolished our original goal of $2,000. Our final count is over $8,000!!! I am so proud of each of our elementary Eagle students for exceeding our goal! 

Jordan Thompson was our top fundraiser for the entire elementary school! She raised $1,000 for the American Heart Association. She received a special prize of a jar full of candy and got to pick the PE activity for her class! Great Job Jordan!

Each grade level class had competitions to see who could raise the most and have the most students register. Our Kindergarten Eagles alone raised over $2,000!!! Super proud of them!     Thank you so much to everyone who donated to a great cause! 

Hoops 4 Hope Pink Out 2018

February 05, 2018
By Nashville Christian School

On Friday, February  2nd, NCS hosted our 9th Annual Hoops "4" Hope Pink Out! Each year, 10% of the proceeds from the night goes to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the rest helps with the medical expenses of someone in the NCS family currently fighting breast cancer. This year’s beneficiary was Elaine Hyde. Elaine works for Tucker Photography, and was taking pictures throughout the night’s events.

We had several different ways people could give. Participants could purchase a “NCS Hoops 4 Hope” t-shirt, enjoy some dinner at the Soup Supper, buy a $5 ticket to compete in the halftime “GOTCHA” game, or pay $10 for a ticket to play in the “Heads or Tails” game. This year’s winner of the “Heads or Tails” game was 3rd grader Maddie Friedberg. Maddie was so excited she jumped for joy and received hugs of congratulations from friends to go with her brand new 32” TV!

Several breast cancer survivors were present at the game. All survivors received a Pink Out t-shirt and a small gift and were honored at center court between games. The honoree, Elaine Hyde, was so moved when we were able to present her with a check for $2,400 to help with her medical expenses!

"I feel very unworthy but oh so blessed by the friendships that I have acquired from a business connection - does not feel like business, feels like serving family and simply being a part of something greater than myself or a job.  I go over to the school and I am accepted with love and respect in spite of my scarves, hats or boy hair.  In fact, it was at your school the night of Coming Home that Ashley Page helped me step outside my fears and work without my hair, but my new hair growth, which was much thinner than at Pink Out. She was incredibly encouraging and made me believe it was ok to be me and not hide inside my ball cap. I am a person who is usually in the background.  When Ashley told me about Pink Out, I knew I wanted to photograph it and meet those that were participating. Having a personal understanding of their journey, it was important for me to be there as the photographer. Then about a week later, she refined the invitation to be the recipient, and I turned her down. She gently pressed, and I gave it some thought and prayers for several days. Anyway, you know how that played out. The monies raised floored me.  I still don't know what to say. This I can assure all those involved, every cent will be applied to my cancer debt. Thank you simply is not good enough. I don't know what words are,” said Elaine.

Thank you to everyone who gave and supported the Hoops 4 Hope Pink Out!

Wrestling Team Continues to Make Strides

January 29, 2018
By Jerry Morrison, Assistant Wrestling Coach

The NCS High School Wrestling team wrapped up a successful first regular season in  DII this past weekend in Memphis. The Eagles wrestlers competed against the top 8 teams in the DII West region for a shot to go to the State Duals Tournament in Williamson County. The team fell just short, losing by one match to a tough BGA team. The team finished out their inaugural DII regular season with a 7-2 record against regional opponents. 

Highlights of the season include:

- Junior Joseph Curley setting the school record for takedowns in a season with 80 (and counting!)
- Junior Adam Young being ranked in 1st in the state in his weight class. 
- The team showing well in the Charlie Bruce Duals in Alabama, placing 3rd in their pool and 5th overall, beating Tate HS out of Florida.
- The team had medalists in all 3 individual tournaments they competed in this season, including Joseph Dyer getting a 7th place finish at the Father Ryan Invitational, widely regarded as the toughest tournament in the area.
- Several 8th graders moved up and contributed to the varsity team this season, with several scoring match-winning pins and being named wrestlers of the week.

The team now focuses its attention on the DII West Region Individual Tournament which will be held at Christian Brothers HS in Memphis next Friday and Saturday (Feb 9th and 10th). The top 4 wrestlers from each weight class will advance on to the State Tournament to be held Feb 15th - 17th at the Williamson County Ag Center.

Many Accolades for the 2017 Football Team

November 18, 2017
By Nashville Christian School

The Eagles football team ended their season with a lot to celebrate and be proud of. The team boasted not one, but two Mr. Football finalists, with senior Brant Lawless being named the Tennesse Titans Division II – Class A Mr. Football for 2017. Brant had 35 tackles for the regular season, 10 1/2 tackles for a loss, 9 1/2 sacks, and one fumble recovery. Brant was also selected for the 2017 Toyota East/West All Star Game and was named an Army All-American. We are so proud of Brant and can't wait to see him on Saturdays next year playing for the University of Tennessee.

Junior Xavier Myers was our second Mr. Football finalist, and while he may not have won it this year, his accomplishments on the field left everyone impressed. For the regular season, he had 31 touchdowns, with 185 carries for 2,174 yards rushing.

The All-Region Team was recently named, and there were lots of talented Eagles on the roster.

D II – 1 A West All-Region Team 

Offensive Player of the Year:  Xavier Myers #26 
Defensive Player of the Year:  Brant Lawless #34 
Athlete of the Year:  Jesse Watson #4

1st Team Offense: 

OL:  Jack Elliott #76, Maverick Marlin #79 

1st Team Defense:

D-Line:  Jack Elliott #76 
Linebacker:  Sid Morris #22
DB’s:  Bobby Bowling #3, Zach Young #12 

2nd Team Offense: 

WR:  Bobby Bowling #3 – Nashville Christian  
OL:  Warren Hanson #64 – Nashville Christian  

2nd Team Defense:

D-Line:  Aaron Gray #73 – Nashville Christian  
LB:  Jesse Parrish #50 – Nashville Christian 

Honorable Mention: 

Will Irwin #5, Hayden Jarrell #53

Academic All-District Team: 

Jack Elliott #76, Chad Kinnard #16, Will Irwin #5

Great job Eagles! We are proud of you and look forward to another great season in 2018. We are NC!

Meet the Skeet and Trap Shooting Squads

May 31, 2017
By Kathy Gaidos (Class of '92)

The Nashville Christian Skeet and Trap Team currently has two High School Squads and one Middle School Squad which consists of 11 student shooters. All squads are focused on the sport of trap shooting. The team has been shooting each weekend at either the Nashville Gun Club or Montgomery County Shooting Complex. These shooters shot several weekends in April in windy, rainy, cold conditions. They are dedicated!

NCS will be represented at this upcoming weekend's TN Scholastic Clay Target Program (TNSCTP) Regional Shoot. The high school will have one team consisting of Nate Lewis, Chase Morris, Luke Robbins, and Nathan Gaidos, and the middle school will have two shooters, McClure Gill and Devin Ray.

In late June, the TNSCTP will host the TNSCTP State Shoot. SCTP Teams from all over the state will compete. Shooters must have certain qualifications to shoot, and our team members are currently working toward the qualification goals. The team’s goal is to represent NCS at the SCTP National Championship in Ohio. There are college scholarships and lots of opportunities to grow with the sport.

This program is all about discipline. All shooters are required to have passed the TWRA Hunters Education and several safety meetings prior to getting on the range. Our shooters have really bonded and work together as a team. We have parents, grandparents, and friends come out weekly to support the team. Mr. Carlucci is the only NRA Certified Shotgun Coach currently, but this fall NCS parents Randy and Kathy Gaidos (Class of '92) plan to be NRA Certified Shotgun Level 1. This will allow the program to expand as there must be an NRA Certified Coach on the field at all times. Currently, Mr. Carlucci and Mr. and Mrs. Gaidos spend about three hours at the range each week working with the shooters. They hope to have multiple squads in trap, skeet and possibly sporting clays as well in the future.

Anyone interested in joining the team in the fall needs to pass the Hunter's Ed class over the summer. You will also find a sign up table with more information on registration day in August. The team plans to shoot on Sunday afternoons at least once a month in the fall. We look forward to watching this great new program grow! You can view their full schedule by clicking here.

Noah Lovell First NCS Soccer Player to Sign College Scholarship!

February 22, 2017
By Nashville Christian School

This year, Nashville Christian School was excited to have its first student athlete to sign a college soccer scholarship. Senior Noah Lovell will continue his soccer career at Freed-Hardeman university next year. Noah comes from a long line of family members who graduated from Freed-Hardeman, including his mother who then went on to work there for 11 years. Noah grew up on the campus of FHU and attended soccer camp there every summer. 

In the fall, the FHU coach contacted Noah and asked if he would be interested in coming to campus for a first-round tryout with the current men's team. Noah was very excited about that opportunity and hoped to earn an invitation to the second round of tryouts. After the first tryout, Coach Elliott gave Noah a workout routine and fitness plan. Noah started protein-pounding and joined a local gym for daily workouts. Instead of getting the call to come for the second round, Coach Elliott called to say he knew he wanted Noah to come play for him, and if Noah wanted to come, he would like to sign him!

We are so honored that Noah is the first of our soccer boys to go on to play college soccer, and we hope he is the first of many to come as the program continues to grow and thrive!

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Sonja Shelton Joins the 1000 Point Club

December 27, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

Congratulations to senior Sonja Shelton on scoring her 1000th point this season! She joins a very prestigious group of talented basketball player here at Nashville Christian, and we are so proud of her achievements both on and off the court. Here is what Coach Brandon Wood had to say about Sonja:

“Sonja is a 4-year starter that's made first team all district the past two years. She's also led the team in scoring and steals the past two years and leads the team in points, assists, blocks and steals so far this year. Sonja is a very skilled player and has played every position in her 4 years, from point guard to post. As a freshman and sophomore, Sonja guarded the other teams best player in almost every game. Sonja was a good scorer then, but by putting extra time in the gym working, she has turned herself into a great scorer. In the end though, I believe she would trade every point for a district championship with the team, and that's really what makes her special.”

Congratulations again Sonja, and thank you for all you do for your teammates and Nashville Christian School!

Sonja Shelton 1000 Points from Nashville Christian on Vimeo.

Eagle Wrestlers off to a Good Start

December 12, 2016
By Jerry Morrison, Assistant Wrestling Coach

The Eagles Wrestling program kicked of their 2016-2017 season this past October. The Middle School got things started with a record turnout of 15 kids, including many 6th and 7th graders who were new to the sport. The young Eagles squad also moved into a new conference this season, wrestling in the HVAC against other area private schools. With their numbers up, NCS was able to field a wrestler at just about every weight class, making them extremely competitive in their inaugural HVAC season. The Eagles defeated DCA, Grace Christian, FRA and Ensworth. NCS wrestlers wrapped up their season with an excellent showing at the HVAC tournament. Three wrestlers, Ian Rogers, Joshua Cottrell and Richmond Flowers, brought home hardware.

The High School Eagles wrestling team has had several wrestlers place in the State Tournament over the last two seasons and look to build on that success this year. The team most recently traveled to the Charlie Bruce Duals Tournament in Fultondale, Alabama to compete with teams from all over Alabama and Florida. The team won 70 percent of its head to matches with dominant performances from several wrestlers. Adam Young, Joseph Curley, Joseph Dyer, Aaron Gray and Cade Thompson all finished the weekend undefeated. 8th grader Ian Rogers went 4-1 over the weekend.

The High School team will be working Christmas break in preparation for four tough regional matches at the beginning of January. NCS will host Hume-Fogg and MLK on January 5th and East Lit and Stratford on January 10th. These matches will be pivotal in the Eagles’ goal of a regional championship and earning a trip to the State Duals Tournament. Also in February, the team will take part in the Region 3 Individual Tournament at Page High School. This tournament will determine who will wrestle in the State Tournament in mid February.

 

Tristan Hogan Scores with State Title

November 28, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

This is NCS freshman Tristan Hogan's second year playing soccer with Aris FC Black U15 based out of Brentwood, TN. His team was recently the first from this club to win a state title!

Over the summer Tristan's team qualified to play in the Tennessee State Cup on November 4 - 6 in Murfreesboro, TN. On November 6th, the finals were played at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro, and Tristan’s team, Aris FC, won against Lobos of Memphis, TN 3-0! The team is coached by Diego Figueroa of Peru. Coach Figueroa played at Belmont for four years at Belmont and this is also his first state championship with an ARIS FC team.

Tristan and five of his teammates are also the Southeast Regional Champs for 3v3 Live in the U15 boys bracket. This is where you have only 3 players on the field at a time with no goalie. Over the Thanksgiving holidays, they played in the Nationals Finals in Nashville at Edwin Warner Park and took 1st in the Silver Division! 

The team is now preparing to play in the Region 111 South Presidents Cup June 13 - 18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Mohawk Soccer Complex. Tristan would like to go on to play college ball and perhaps make the Olympics Development Team one day.

Congratulations Tristan! We're so proud of you hard work and great accomplishments! 

Fall Athletic Accolades

October 26, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

This fall, our athletic teams once again enjoyed great success and won some well-deserved accoclades. Here are the teams and individuals who received special recognition for their hard work this fall:

High School Volleyball 
Sonja Shelton - District Offensive MVP, District Tournament Team, All Region Team
Rachel Wiley - District Defensive MVP 
Abby Varner - All District Regular Season Team 
Kallie Nixon - All District Regular Season Team, District Tournament Team
Brittan Jarrell - All District Regular Season Team, District Tournament Team

High School Volleyball Team

 

Middle School Volleyball - HVAC A Champions - Beat Ezell Harding in Round One, Harding Academy in Round Two and DCA in the championship game. 

Middle School Volleyball Team - HVAC Champs

 

High School Girls Soccer
Ebby Jones - All District
Grace Curley - All Tournament

Middle School Soccer
Emma Oberbreckling - All District

Emma Oberbreckling

Brittan Jarrell - Athlete of the Week

September 28, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

"Brittan has been a steady performer all season for our volleyball team. She has helped lead our girls to the #2 seed in the district tournament and served as a water girl for the football team. She has a servant's heart and a genuine love for her temmates and classmates here at Nashville Christian. " – Jeff Brothers, NCS Athletic Director

The Check Your Game Athlete of the Week is a program designed to encourage young athletes by not only recognizing their efforts on the field but equally, or more importantly, acknowledging their actions outside of the game.  

This program is designed for coaches to use to encourage and inspire athletes to give their best in their sport as well as in life. Coaches might nominate a Check Your Game Athlete of the Week for things like working exceptionally hard, demonstrating outstanding teamwork, overcoming personal obstacles, good educational performance, standing up to peer pressure or anything else that shows great sportsmanship or integrity.

“Brittan is an exceptional athlete and teammate. She is determined, analytical, and hungry to know every aspect of the game. She is a natural leader and risk taker, making excellent offensive decisions and fearless defensive moves. In the last three years, she has played on varsity as the DS/Libero leading in serving aces and secondary in digs per set. Her serve receive for the last 4 years is a 2.6. (Most D1 liberos are expected to pass at a 2.5 or above out of 3.0) This year for the better of her team has moved to the very difficult and demanding setting position and opposite (right side) hitter. She has worked tirelessly to understand the offensive part of the game and to technically perfect her sets. She has helped her team advance their offense to a faster pace than NCS volleyball has seen in the past. While setting for three rotations she leads and maneuvers the Lady Eagles into success, and while passing and hitting for three rotations she helps her team start or finish the offense by being an outstanding passer or a smart controlled hitter. Outside the court she is in high demand as a softball player, she excels in the classroom, and is strong in her spiritual leadership. We are very proud of this joyous, caring young woman.” – Kayce Green, NCS Volleyball Coach 

Congratulations Brittan! We are proud of you!

Drew Taylor, Athlete of the Week

September 22, 2016
By Jeff Brothers, Athletic Director

Congratulations to sophomore golfer Drew Taylor on being named this week's (September 19th - 23rd) Checkyourgame.com athlete of the week. Drew overcame a tough first hole score to regain his composure and finish the district golf tournament in 5th place to qualify for the regionals. Drew is a fine student and a great ambassador for Nashville Christian School. We are very proud of his accomplishments so far this season. Here is what his coach, Kevin Forte had to say:

"I want to congratulate Drew on being chosen for the 'Check your Game Athlete of the Week.' Drew is fine young man, who lives out his faith daily in the way he carries himself and interacts with people. I think his situation in the district golf championship this week speaks volumes about how Drew handles not only golf but the challenges life puts in our path. Drew has put a ton of time and energy into working on his golf game this past summer and has put himself in position have a successful run in post season tournament play. However, on his opening hole of the district championship he was faced with making a twelve on a par 4. At that point it would have been easy to get angry and give up. But Drew was able to quickly put it behind him, move on to the next hole and continue to play out the rest of round. At the end of the day, Drew played his remaining seventeen holes in two over par and was able to capture the fifth and final qualifying spot to advance to the regional championship. Congratulations Drew!"

Drew will compete in the region tournament tomorrow, September 23rd beginning at 8:00am. We wish Drew the best and know that he will make Nashville Christian proud.

Xavier Myers, Athlete of the Week

September 15, 2016
By Jeff Brothers, Athletic Director

Congratulations to sophomore Xavier Myers on being named September 12th - 16th Checkyourgame.com athlete of the week for his performance in the football game against Pickett County. Xavier scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to help us establish an early lead. He averaged 28 yards per carry for the game! Xavier is an excellent student and a Christ-like servant to his friends, coaches and teachers at Nashville Christian. He is a pleasure to teach and coach.

The Check Your Game Athlete of the Week is a program designed to encourage young athletes by not only recognizing their efforts on the field but equally, or more importantly, acknowledging their actions outside of the game.  

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Abby Varner - "Check Your Game" Athlete of the Week

September 08, 2016
By Jeff Brothers, Athletic Director

"We are excited to recognize Abby Varner as our CheckYourGame.com athlete of the week for her contributions to the volleyball team last week. She is a great student as well as a great player. I am proud of the leadership and godly example she provides to her teammates and peers at NCS." – Jeff Brothers, NCS Athletic Director

The Check Your Game Athlete of the Week is a program designed to encourage young athletes by not only recognizing their efforts on the field but equally, or more importantly, acknowledging their actions outside of the game.  

This program is designed for coaches to use to encourage and inspire athletes to give their best in their sport as well as in life. Coaches might nominate a Check Your Game Athlete of the Week for things like working exceptionally hard, demonstrating outstanding teamwork, overcoming personal obstacles, good educational performance, standing up to peer pressure or anything else that shows great sportsmanship or integrity.

“Abby is the epitome of a great leader. She leads by doing, by encouraging, and by demanding excellence of herself and her teammates. She is studious and excels in the classroom. She is empathetic, positive, determined and extremely faithful.  The score, the pressure of the game, the ebb and flow of emotion never dictates her attitude or play. She is composed in the most difficult situations and applies coaching immediately. She has played as an outside hitter with the most consistent stats for the last three years, and then stepped up into a completely different, faster, and physically demanding position as a middle. She has worked hard to change her directional speed, her jump height and has studied to understand this new position to be the best for her team. She plays this position with confidence, making aggressive plays on offense and key blocks on defense.  She is consistent in both avenues giving us the ability to run a fast offense and an impressive, set defense.” – Kayce Green, NCS Volleyball Coach 

Congratulations Abby! We are proud of you!

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2016 Football Preview with Coach Jeff Brothers

August 24, 2016
By Nashville Christian School

After winning a state championship for the first time in school history, Coach Jeff Brothers sat down with us to talk about what we can expect in the 2016 season ahead.

What have you been doing since last year’s state championship to prepare for the new season?

The preparations for this season started just days after the last one ended in December. Off-season weight training and speed/agility work began before Christmas of 2015. Our guys have learned to love the weight room, and that's a great compliment to Coach Crosby. The coaches spent the off-season visiting with staffs at several colleges including Georgia, Vanderbilt, Houston, Western Kentucky and others. Spring practice in May gave us a look at players in roles that we needed to replace from last year's senior class. Summer 7-on-7 scrimmages with Ensworth, CPA, BGA, Rossview and Grace Christian allowed us to work on defensive coverage and quarterback/receiver timing.

How is this year’s team different from last year’s?

This year's team has plenty of talent to make another deep run in the playoffs. We need to develop depth at key positions, and we lack the experience of last year's group. Most of those seniors had started three or four years. They were more battle tested for sure. This group will have to learn and improve quickly as the season moves ahead. While many on this year's team played quite a bit last season, the game was in hand by the time they saw the field. We believe in the talent of this group, but the poise and urgency to perform under pressure will have to come in time.

Who is standing out so far as someone to watch on your team?

Jesse Watson has continued to work hard and become a playmaker in all three phases (offense, defense and special teams). Lelan Wilhoite and Xavier Myers have shown the ability to run the ball with great speed, vision and power. Daniel Watson and Adam Young have stepped in at Fullback. Brant Lawless and Andrew Sullivan have moved to the Tight End position and give us some depth there along with Will Irwin. Bryce Pemberton has some good arm talent and will continue to develop his timing and understanding of our schemes at QB. That said, any coach will tell you that the stars are in the trenches. Jack Elliott, Joseph Dyer, Noah Schurman, Maverick Marlin, Tanner Goodman, Warren Hanson and Hayden Jarrell will be the key to our offensive line. Along with Brant in the defensive line, those guys will rotate to allow for some depth. Slater Howard is a guy with college offers too. He plays well and can also be a game changer in every phase. As the season progresses, I expect many others to rise up and get everyone's attention.

Describe some of the things you do to help these players grow as leaders and men.

We always want to speak into the lives of these boys as often as we can. We want to be intentional and authentic in how we work and play. Every year I pick a book to use as the backdrop for what the boys call "story time." Each Thursday practice ends with story time in the shadow of the scoreboard. This year's book is Legacy, by James Kerr. It was recommended to me by one of my former players, Golden Tate. He thought the boys would appreciate it, and I think he's right. My wife and I also host a senior dinner at our house each week to enjoy fellowship and encourage the senior players. Most everything you get in football is an opportunity to teach, to learn, and to grow. With that in mind, everything is geared towards helping these boys all become better players, students and men.

What are your goals personally, as a staff, and as a team for the 2016 football season?

Our goal every season is to win the championship. However, that's not how we'll measure this team or this season. John Wooden's definition of success is doing everything you can to become the best you are capable of being. Sometimes that means a championship, sometimes not. In the end, we'll measure ourselves by that. Personally, I want to hit the mark as a man who has a platform to speak into the lives of these young men. We'll coach them up on the field, but the lessons learned and the impact we have is so much broader than that. I understand that over my career I'll never be able to remember 100% of the players that play for me, but 100% of the players will remember me. That is a responsibility that we, as coaches, will take very seriously. We have a talented team, and with the right amount of character and unselfishness, we can accomplish big things.

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Senior Leadership Takes Wrestling Team to New Heights

February 17, 2016
By Jerry Morrison

The Nashville Christian wrestling team enjoyed another year of success, finishing out the season with 14 dual match wins. The team also had success in individual tournaments with Michael Coley, Gregory Williams, Sid Morris and Adam Young all collecting hardware along the way this season. Participation is also higher than it has ever been in previous years, almost tripling numbers from several years ago. "I have to give credit to our current seniors," said Assistant Coach Jerry Morrison. "Last year as juniors, they really hit the hallways and talked guys into coming out for the team. Our team wouldn't have been nearly as competitive as we were had they not stepped up. I told those guys at the beginning of the season that their legacy at NCS was helping build and shape our wrestling program for years to come."

Seniors Gregory Williams, Michael Coley, Parker Goodson, Joey Hendricks and Sam Palmer all formed the core of an otherwise young team. "Our team is 75% freshman and sophomores," said Head Coach Alan Clark. "The successes our seniors have had this year and last year really set the tone for our younger guys. They were great examples of leadership for our team. It was not uncommon to see our upperclassmen stepping in to help mentor and teach the younger guys during practice." 

Leading the way this year were seniors and team captains Michael Coley and Greg Williams. Between the two of them, they have put together quite the wrestling portfolio. Michael had a record of 30-7 this year and is undefeated at the 132 lb. weight class since dropping there in January. He won the Creek Wood Invitational Tournament and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler. Gregory suffered a knee injury during football season and couldn't compete until January. Since returning, he is undefeated with a record 18-0. Gregory and Michael were also named to the Mid-State A/AA Dream Team, which recognizes the top wrestlers in the Mid-State. 

The team competed this past weekend at the Region 3 Individual tournament to qualify for state. Michael and Greg were both tournament champions in their weight classes, securing high seeding for the State Tournament, which begins this weekend at the Williamson County Ag Center. Wrestling for A/AA starts Friday Feb 19th at 10am.

NCS Wins First State Championship

December 05, 2015
By Nashville Christian School

December 4, 2015 will forever be remembered at Nashville Christian School as the day our football team made school history. The Eagles traveled to Cookeville for their first-ever appearance in a state championship game and then sealed the deal with a decisive 42-14 win over Greenback.  

It was a week full of activity as the team, families and fans made plans for the trip. On Wednesday, the senior football players enjoyed a delicious steak dinner with all the trimmings courtesy of the Nashville Christian faculty and staff in celebration of their trip to the championship game. Coach Poppy Keeton, who Keeton field is named for, spoke words of encouragement to the team at Thursday's final practice, and expressed how proud he was of all they had accomplished. 

Everyone from the preschool on up was invited to the pep rally sendoff, and the gym was full of fans, families and alumni showing their support. Patrick Sheehan created another inspiring video that really got everyone pumped up for the big game.

The morning of the championship couldn't have been more beautiful with blue skies and cool temperatures as everyone gathered at the pre-game tailgate organized by the Eagles Parent Association. After circling up to pray for the team, the fans headed over to the stadium with their shakers and signs, smiles on their faces and tears in their eyes.

"The whole championship experience was so memorable for the players, coaches and entire school community. It was great to see our people so full of joy. Our players were able to have a college game style experience, and the city of Cookeville did a remarkable job of making the trip special for each player. The memories of that day will be with the players and NCS family for a lifetime," said Head Football Coach, Jeff Brothers.

Students, families, fans and alumni filled the stands making what was probably the largest crowd to ever attend a Nashville Christian School football game. Alumni football players who paved the way with their love and dedication were so proud to see everything come together on this historic day, and the Eagles didn't disappoint as they dominated the field and secured the gold ball. 

Class of '78 quarterback Dennis Wilson said, "Being a part of the school since the beginning, I have always known what a special place this is, and I am proud of all the things the school has accomplished, but being able to say we are State Champs is an unbelievably special feeling. After three years of being one game short of playing in Cookeville and now getting the Gold Ball makes me so happy for the coaches and players and all of the hard work they put in to accomplish their goal. I am proud to be able to say I am a part of the NCS family."

After the game, senior Mareio McGraw was awarded Offensive MVP and sophomore Jesse Watson was named Defensive MVP. Finally the moment came for the team to take the gold ball and hold it high as the crowed waved their flags, shouted in support, and hugged one another in celebration.

We continued to celebrate the win here at NCS with a follow-up pep rally, a trophy presentation at halftime of a basketball game, and senior quarterback Kyle Tidwell was chosen as the Titans Player of the Week. There will be more celebrations and a ring ceremony to come, but for now the Nashville Christian community is simply grateful for an incredible finish to what has been a difficult season at times, and certainly one that we will never forget.

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An Interview with Daniel Bituli

August 24, 2015
By Nashville Christian School
NCS Senior Linebacker and Future Vol - Daniel Bituli

Daniel Bituli has been recruited by the top football programs across the country from Oregon to Miami, but it was his home state of Tennessee that won him over in the end. Daniel has committed to the University of Tennessee but it’s his Nashville Christian football team he is focused on right now. We recently sat down with Daniel to talk about his goals and dreams for this year and in the future as a Tennessee Volunteer…

Why UT?

They have a great future. It’s kinda close to home to where I can come back and spend time with my family and friends but far away enough too. UT has some really good recruits coming in, and I’ve already built a relationship with some of them, so it’s a nice feeling that I’m going to school, and I know some of the players and how they work.

 

Your parents recently visited UT for the first time, what did they think?

Oh they loved it. They thought it was a great school. I’m glad they enjoyed it, so that definitely helped me choose. They spoke to the man who does chapel for the team and obviously my dad is a very religious person so he really enjoyed that. They liked the facility in general. We saw the psychology facility and it was really good, and the way they set up your schedule really works out.

 

So you want to major in psychology?

Psychology and social work. I love to be around kids, and I feel like both of those majors would help me in assisting kids, so that’s why I chose it.

 

What are you looking forward to most about college?

Getting a good education, winning a bowl game and eventually a championship. Oh, and unlimited food. I’m definitely excited about that.

 

Have you gotten a lot of feedback from UT fans?

Oh my goodness yes. I’m grateful for it. They see my talent, and it’s a really good feeling that so many people say so many good things about me. I love that.

 

Why make your commitment to UT now?

I wanted to get it done before the season so my teammates and I would not get too distracted by all that. We have a bigger picture of trying to get to state right now. So I wanted to make my decision and then try to focus on the important things for our team right now.

 

Tell me about Nashville Christian football. It’s your senior year, so what are your hopes and expectations for this year?

Winning the state. That’s all. I want to make my teammates happy, win first in district, go undefeated and, God willing, win the state championship.

 

What do you think it takes to make a successful football program?

First off you have to have great coaches who really care about you as a player. Coach Brothers knows what he’s talking about. He’s smart on and off the field. He disciplines you as a player and wants you to think smart. Coach Brothers also knows how to develop a great staff. Coach Montgomery knows the game of football. He played in college and has been coaching a long time. He’s seen every level of football. He’s sent players to the league. He definitely knows what he’s doing. Coach McClary was a beast in college. I wish I could have seen him play. He definitely knows what he’s talking about. He’s just a cool guy. Every guy in the locker room just loves having him around and having a great conversation with him. Coach Crosby will push you further than you think you can go. He knows defense really well. And Coach Anderson is a great D-line coach. He played in college so he’s also seen higher levels of football, and he can relate to us because he’s younger.

You also have to have a successful weight program. One of the things I really like about Nashville Christian is we don’t really have one of those amazing weight rooms, but we have Coach Crosby who pushes us further than we think we could go. It just shows that you don’t need a state-of-the-art weight room to get big. It just takes hard work.

And then there are the players. The players all have a good relationship with each other. We all understand each other. We hang out all the time off the field. The guys on our team have a great work ethic. We push each other. We help each other when we’re feeling down. We compete all the time. 

And we have an amazing fan base who has supported us through good and bad. Family and friends…all of this is what makes a great football team.

 

What’s going to be the difference this year? How are we going to win a state championship?

Everyone working as a team. We’ve seen what it takes to make it to the semi-finals. We’ve worked hard the past couple of seasons, but it just showed us how much harder we needed to work to achieve our final goal. We also need to be smart off the field, keep each other safe, and not make dumb decisions.

 

Tell me about your teammates.

It’s just a good feeling knowing I have my best friends around me all the time. I’ve needed advice so many times and these guys were always there for me. I only see greatness in all of them, and I always tell them that because I might be getting all this attention but that doesn’t mean that they’re not good because they’re good too. They made me, so I want to help them become whatever they want in life. I sure am blessed to have friends like this, and I thank God for that.

 

What would you tell young guys coming up about the recruiting process? What have you learned from the process?

Stay level-headed and be humble, because the only reason you’re getting as much attention as you are is because of the wonderful teammates you have. To single yourself out would be selfish. You could never achieve your goals without your teammates.

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