Praise and Thanksgiving
NCS Students and Families gathered together today for a Praise and Thanksgiving assembly followed by lunch. It was truly a joyful and blessed occasion.
Golf Practice Facility Check Presentation Ceremony
PGA Touring Pro Brandt Snedeker (The Snedeker Foundation) and TN Golf Foundation contributed $55,000 to NCS to construct a golf practice facility on the campus that will be used in a collaborative effort with NCS and the Tennessee School for the Blind. It was an amazing day with almost 50 people gathering for the Dedication and Check Presentation Ceremony.
Upper School Teacher of the Week
The Upper School Teacher of the Week is…Coach Andrew Shaw.
His peers shared: I appreciate Coach Shaw's attention to detail for the defense each week on Friday nights. The defense consistently performs extremely well under his leadership. I appreciate his hard work and dedication to both the strength program and the football team.
Congrats Coach Shaw!
Veterans Day at NCS
Veterans Day events at NCS included: the NCS Chamber Choir sang the National Anthem and a selection of songs at the Veterans Breakfast held at the Bellevue Y; the Toddler Room in the Preschool made over 60 cards and Mrs. Kalina (Active Military) is delivering them to her post; and second and third graders welcomed Marine Corps veterans Jack Spence and Tom Seals to speak to the classes.
Thank you to all veterans for your service and sacrifice.
A.F. Bridges Contributor of the Year
Congratulations to the AF Bridges Contributor of the Year award recipient: Nashville Ready Mix.
A big thanks from Nashville Christian School to Steve "Frog" Meadows and the entire Nashville Ready Mix family.
Upper School Teacher of the Week
The Upper School Teacher of the Week is… Dr. Jeff Vore.
His peers shared:
Dr. Vore continues to spread joy wherever he is! He is respectful and kind to all of our students, and they love him! He is a man who easily and naturally shares his faith every day.
Dr. Vore consistently has a great rapport with his students. He attends events, supports students, and prays with them daily. He is a model of a Christian man for our students to follow.
Thank you, Dr. Vore, for all you do!
November 22nd Preview Day
Thanks to the many families who shared part of their Sunday afternoon with Administrators, Teachers, Staff and Coaches learning about ALL THINGS NCS.
Mrs. Sharon Bartlett - Upper School Teacher of the Week
This weeks Upper School Teacher of the Week is...Mrs. Sharon Bartlett.
One of her peers shared - Mrs. Bartlett is always available to students before and after school to make sure they stay on track and understand the content. We are lucky to have her!
Congrats Mrs. Bartlett!
NCS Career Day
Over 35 different careers, across a wide variety of industries, were represented yesterday during NCS Career Day.
Thanks to everyone who took time to invest in our students!
SALT Members meet with Burke Nihill
NCS SALT (Student Ambassador Leadership Team) Members met with Burke Nihill, CEO of the Tennessee Titans, to discuss leadership characteristics and what it means to be a leader.
Upper School Teacher of the Week
The Upper School Teacher of the week is...Coach Dustin Patton.
His peers shared - Coach Patton is always willing to offer a helping hand and encouragement to both students and co-workers alike. And another stated - Jesus gave us an example of servant leadership, and I love how Dustin follows his example as a coach, teacher, and co-worker. Congrats Coach Patton!
Wrestling Practice Facility Ribbon Cutting
This morning, the dream of a NCS Wrestling Practice Facility was realized with an Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Many family members, friends, teachers, and staff gathered with the Wrestling team and coaches to officially thank those who supported this effort. We look forward to following the progress of this team in the coming months.
Upper School Fall Retreat
The Upper School Fall Retreat 2022 is in the books!
The theme was Pray More, Worry Less.
They spent the weekend exploring the Lords Prayer.
Members of the Upper School Landscaping Club spent time this morning sprucing up several areas of the school. NICE WORK!
National Merit Scholar Semifinalist - Brett Posavac
Brett Posavac has been named one of only 16,000 Nationwide Semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.
This program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Brett will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for one of 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 Million which will be offered next spring.
Jeff Palk reenacts Matthew 5-7
Campus Minister, Jeff Palk, reenacts Matthew 5-7 during Upper School Chapel today. It was very powerful!
All Region Soccer Team
Emily Campos and Ava Pomeroy were selected to the All Region Girls Soccer Team. Well-deserved!
Upper School Teacher of the Week
Each week, a Teacher in the Upper School receives “Teacher of the Week”. This award is given based on nominations made by their peers. Mr. Bishop announces the winner at the weekly Upper School Faculty Meeting and awards the recipient with a “Gold” Necklace with $ Emblem to honor the occasion.
Hendrick Shelton, shown here wearing his award, is the most recent recipient.
Comments included in the Nomination - Mr. Shelton consistently exemplifies to our students that hard work and dedication will deliver great results. A student added, Mr. Shelton is a very talented teacher and he makes learning fun!
Congrats to the newest Teacher of the Week - Hendrick Shelton
And a Big SHOUT OUT to the prior Teachers of the Week:
September 29th - Donna Torrez - Comments with Nomination - Homecoming week has been very successful. It is a great reminder of how hard Donna works with the students for this week and how much time she puts into making this week special for everyone.
September 22nd - Andrew Atkins - Comments with Nomination - Mr. Atkins runs programs that are essential and add value to our school. He works with the E-Sports, Broadcasting, and Yearbook programs while maintaining a full class load.
September 15th - Abbie Moroney - Comments with Nomination - I appreciate Abbie's initiative to create the sustainability class and to making our campus “greener”. The recycling collection is appreciated. I can't wait to see all her students do this year.
September 8th - Catherine Lowe - Comments with Nomination - Catherine is an incredibly creative and talented teacher. She is conscientious to plan lessons that contain rigor and are differentiated. She is a humble, godly example of a truly gifted educator.
September 1st - Colin Wright - Comments with Nomination - Colin's work with the senior activities and his enthusiasm for building relationships are great examples of our school community. I see him every morning and between every class period outside his door greeting students and having genuine conversations.
August 25th - Jeff Palk - Comments with Nomination - Jeff has worked so hard to develop small groups and chapel into important focal points of student life. He clearly cares about the students and the Christian culture of the school!
At 8:00AM on October 5th, Grades K-12 gathered together for Chapel. It is SO Special to be together in one place.
Excellence Award Recipients
Congratulations to the 4 Excellence Award Recipients for the 1st 9 Weeks!
The Presentation of Certificates was made during the October 5th Excellence Chapel.
Callie Grimenstein - Lower School, Several Teachers shared - Callie is a bright ray of sunshine into whatever room she enters. She notices her classmates in a way that is far beyond her years. Although she was a new student to NCS last year, she jumped right in with her friendly and bubbly personality. She always works hard and does it with a smile on her face.
Baker Drumm - Middle School, One Teacher shared ... Baker is a very kind and hard-working student. He comes to class every day ready to learn and always does an outstanding job of contributing to class lectures. Several teachers commented that his house election speech is one to always be remembered.
Megan Parker - Upper School, One Teacher shared ... Megan is not only a fantastic student who works hard to do top-tier work, she goes out of her way to make other students feel welcome. Megan is a shining example of the kind of culture we want to have at NCS.
Abbie Moroney - Teacher, Comments from others include... Abbie has taken on many new responsibilities this year including planning a community garden for our school and creating the school's first sustainability class. Her goals for our campus are inspiring, and I look forward to what the future holds because of her willingness to serve. We are blessed to have Coach "Mo" in our high school.
Jr. Eagle Football Night
A number of Lower School Students enjoyed special events during the September 30th Home Football game including Cheerleading and Flag Football.
Tonight, Sept. 29th, the US Girls soccer team held a Dedication Ceremony for Leon Wright (Morgan) and Cindy Hemby (Amelia). A tree was planted and the team placed a memory plaque to honor the lives of these two. The dedication service was held between tonight's JV and Varsity Games.
Newest NCS Hall of Fame Inductees
The newest Inductees into the NCS Hall of Fame were announced during the Homecoming Celebration on September 23, 2022. They represent the Fall Sports from the 2000-2009 Graduating classes. Congratulations!
William Berg, class of 2008 – Football
Zach Bledsoe, class of 2008 – Football
Jeff Bolander, class of 2001 – Football
Haley Light Breedlove, class of 2006 – Cheerleading
Jennifer Yuchnitz Garner, class of 2004 – Volleyball
Michael Gray, class of 2009 – Football
Ryan Harris, class of 2001 – Football & Basketball
Holley Koob Willover, class of 2005 – Cross Country & Track
Luke Jerkins, class of 2005 – Football
Justin Lessard, class of 2002 – Football
Matthew Loveless, class of 2002 – Football
Meredith McGinnis, class of 2001 – Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Track & Field
James Meadows, class of 2002 – Football
Matthew Pace, class of 2003 – Football, Basketball & Baseball
Matthew Pruitt, class of 2001 – Football
Anna Claire Raines, class of 2005 - Cross Country
Ashley Ingram Skinner, class of 2004 – Volleyball
Jake Tiesler, class of 2002 – Football
Jason Vanatta, class of 2005 – Football
Eric Vick, class of 2006 - Cross Country
US and Kindergarten PE classes
Coach Mariah King's Upper School PE Class helps Coach Richardson's Kindergarten PE class work on their Soccer skills today.
It doesn't get much better than this!
Homecoming Week: Dress Up Day 3
In this case, a Picture truly is worth a thousand words.
PreK and LS Chapel
PreK Students and Parents joined the Lower School today for Chapel in the Main Gym.
The Students were adorable as they enjoyed interactive Songs with Dr. Fincher and a brief Bible Lesson from Mr. Palk.
Homecoming Week: Dress Up Day 2
Dress Theme for Today - Holidays
Freshmen: Show Green for St. Patrick's Day
Sophomores: Pink, Red and Hearts for Valentine's Day
Juniors: Stars and Stripes for 4th of July
Seniors: Santa and his Elves shout Christmas
Homecoming Week: Dress Up Day 1
Did we really look this in the early 2000's??? Sweatbands & Gold Chains seem to be the “uniform” of the day.
On September 13th, a number of Upper School students attended the College Fair hosted by Lipscomb University.
Pep Rally September 9th
Upper School students enjoyed their first Pep Rally of the year in recognition of the Fall Sports.
The Rock Band kicked off the festivities, followed by a Tic-Tok challenge, Cheer Squad, introduction of the Teams, a prayer led by Coach Brothers, and ended with the student body participating in the Breakdown Chant.
IT was LOUD! A truly unforgettable experience.
Outdoor Classroom Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
A Ribbon Cutting Celebration was held in the early morning on September 9th to acknowledge the many people who made the new Outdoor Classroom a reality.
The celebration included moments of reflection, giving thanks, visiting with friends, plus lots of coffee and donuts!
A beautiful morning in a Sweet, Sweet Place.
NCS Football Homecoming
Football Homecoming Game is Friday, September 23rd.
NCS Eagles face off against Davidson Academy.
Homecoming Dance Tickets on Sale Now
Homecoming Dance September 23rd, after the game.
Click here to order your tickets.
Peter and the Star Catcher - NCS Theatre Production
NCS Theatre will present Peter and the Star Catcher October 1 - 3.
Homecoming T-Shirts - On Sale Now
Prices range from $15.50 - $22.50 and there are several Short Sleeve and Long Sleeve options.
The Deadline to order is Friday, Sept. 9th at 3:00 PM.
Click here to place your order!
The Revlon Girl - Upcoming Theatre Performance
The Revlon Girl
NCS Theater Performance
Saturday, September 3rd @ 4:00 PM
Reservations are not required and there is no cost to attend the performance.
Donations to the Skylar Rose Foundation are encouraged and will be accepted at the door. All funds raised will go directly to the foundation to provide resources to families affected by infant loss.
Due to difficult concepts addressed, this show is considered PG-13 with strong caution. If you have any questions about the presentation or fundraiser, please contact Mrs. Arnold.
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At this year’s Homecoming game on October 8th, we were excited to have our alumni family back on campus. At halftime, we had the honor of inducting several more of our Hall of Fame Athletes. The alumni athletes are the cornerstone of the Nashville Christian School athletic program. We were excited to celebrate many of the athletes from the 90’s in a special induction ceremony. See those most recently inducted below:
Mark Smith - Golf
Scott Moss - Football, Baseball
Tim Cooper - Football, Track & Field
Jay Harris - Football, Baseball
Jeremy Moore - Football, Basketball
Chris Amonette - Basketball, Football
Byron Page - Football, Baseball
Brandon Shanks - Football
Jody Duncan - Wrestling, Football
Stephen Elizer - Football, Baseball
Chris McCall - Football, Basketball
Jon Parsons - Football
Shane Sanders - Football
Brad Shanks - Football
Brent Morris - Football
Patrick Moss - Football, Basketball, Baseball
Kerry Byrum - Football
Winston Gaffron - Football
Michael Perkins - Football
Craig Bedore - Golf
Justin Graff - Football
Mike Mundy - Football
Ryan Perkins - Football, Track
Drew Tyner - Football, Basketball
Josh Vanatta - Football
Our next induction ceremony will be on January 14th between the boys and girls basketball games vs. DCA. Stay tuned for more details on that event!
Congratulations to these six awesome Eagles continuing their football careers in college!
Martease Edwards and Carson Guthrie are going to Aurora University. Darian List and Matt McClary will be at Birmingham Southern. Harris Adams will play at Southeastern Missouri and William Spence is headed to Cumberland.
We are so proud of you!
This football season was one that no one was sure would happen. With the pandemic leaving so many uncertain, all athletic and school activities were hanging in the balance. Thankfully, with new practice and game procedures and protocols in place, and a lot of prayer, the Eagles managed to stay healthy and complete the season in full, playing every scheduled game.
Things got off to a bit of a rough start, but the Eagles worked their way through, made adjustments, and went all the way to the semi-final round for the eighth time in nine years. Many of our football athletes received post season D2A-West All-Region awards!
Defensive Player of the Year: Harris Adams
First Team Offense: Martease Edwards (RB), Carson Guthrie (WR), Darian List (OL)
First Team Defense: Darian List (DL), Kevin Bradley (DL), Martease Edwards (DB), Tyler Morris (DB)
Second Team Offense: Matt McClary (QB), Aiden Humes (OL)
Second Team Defense: Nick Bozich (LB)
Second Team Specialists: Martease Edwards (Returner), Macy Crampton (Kicker)
Honorable Mention: Cam Carden, Josh Strickland, Devin Ray
Academic All-Region: Matt McClary, Nick Bozich, Cavin Phung
The Tennessee Sports Writers Association named Darian List (OL), Martease Edwards (DB) and Harris Adams (DL) to their All-State team.
The Tennessee Football Coaches Association named Matt McClary (QB), Martease Edwards (RB), Darian List (OL) and Harris Adams (DL) to their team.
615Preps named a Small Class Team for all divisions, choosing Martease Edwards as Special Teams Player of the Year, Darian List (OL) and Harris Adams (DL). On the second team, they named Matt McClary (QB), Carson Guthrie (WR) and Tyler Morris (ATH).
Coach Brothers said, "I am particularly proud of this year's team for all that they had to overcome in achieving the level of success that has come to be expected in our program. The leadership that our seniors provided was instrumental in our ability to train and perform from spring until late November amidst all the uncertainty. We very much appreciate their efforts, as well as the tremendous support from the families and school community."
Congratulations Eagles! We are proud of you!
Congratulations to the Eagles varsity football team on another great season! “This team won our first Region championship since moving into Division II three years ago, going 11-1 on the season. We showed great resilience throughout the season, and I think our senior leadership was the catalyst for that. With only six seniors, we had a very young team. However, those six all played key roles in our success on offense, defense and special teams. Heading into the off-season, our returning players are dedicating themselves to improving on our semifinal appearance from this season,” said Head Coach Jeff Brothers.
Many members from this year’s team have received additional accolades for their performance this year.
Division 2A West Region Defensive Player of the Year - Harris Adams
Division 2A West All-Region Team
1st Team - Dakota Owens, Martease Edwards, Darian List, Micah Fann
2nd Team - Jaelyn Marsh, Aaron Gray, Nick Bozich, Matt McClary, Jacob Bates, William Spence, Brayden Bonds, Lucas Kline
Honorable Mention - Josh Strickland, Aiden Humes
Division 2A West All-Academic Team - Nick Bozich, Matt McClary, Cavin Phung
Tennessee Sports Writers D2A All-State - Harris Adams, Martease Edwards, William Spence
Tennessee Football Coaches Association All-State - Dakota Owens, Micah Fann, Harris Adams, Aaron Gray
National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award – Aaron Gray
Burlsworth Award -Aaron Gray
Nipper-Hancock Civitan Award – Brayden Bonds
Academic Achievement Award – Matt McClary
Senior Eagle Award – Micah Fann
Seniors Micah Fann, Dakota Owens, and Aaron Gray all have offers to play at the collegiate level.
We are so proud of all that these talented young men have accomplished this year and look forward to great things ahead! Go Eagles!
The fall sports season has been great for the Eagles, with many teams and individuals making great strides! Sophomore golfer Chase Wright had a great season and finish 4th in the district which qualified him for the region tournament where he finished 4th out of 60 golfers.
Our high school girls soccer team finished 3rd in the district and made it to the 3rd round of the region tournament. This is the farthest an NCS girls soccer team has gone in the history of the program. They also made history with an overall record of 11-3, giving them the most wins ever in a season. The middle school girls soccer team is 5-0-1 and will play in the semi-finals of the TIAA on Tuesday.
Another record-setting program was our girls high school volleyball team. These athletes went deeper into the tournament than they ever have before making it to the first level of the state tournament. Their overall record of 27-9 gives them the most wins in the last five years. Another highlight of their season was winning their way to the finals at a gold level tournament held at Kenwood High School.
The cross-country teams continue to grow as well. New NCS 7th grade runner, Alexis Redmond, placed 16th out of 72 at a big meet. The middle school team had a great showing at the Division A finals overall with Jacob Ellis coming in 7th place and winning a medal in the varsity boys' race. The NCS boys' team placed 6th in boy's overall.
In football, our 5th and 6th grade Eagles had an outstanding season with a record of 7-1, tying for first in their league this season. The middle school football program worked hard and continued to build towards future success. Our high school football team finished the regular season undefeated with a record of 10-0 with a win against Trinity Christian. They are in great position going into the playoffs and hope to make another trip to Cookeville to prove themselves as state champions.
We are so proud of all of our athletes and look forward to continued growth and future successes! Go Eagles! We are NC!
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
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!
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.
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.
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…
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.