With a “vision and a mission from God in mind,” Trinity Christian Academy is taking things to the next level - academically and athletically.
And, make no mistake, the Willow Park Christian school takes its athletics as serious as is academics.
At a gathering April 6 to introduce the community to Joe Hamstra, the new athletic director and football coach, head of school Mike Skaggs assured parents that the school developed “excellence in everything we do.”
“We won’t grow just for the sake of growth,” he said.
Shortly after, Skaggs announced that in the fall of 2016, TCA would field an 11-man football team, as opposed to the traditional six-man team everyone is accustomed to.
“This is something that excites me and it is a great opportunity to help the kids who want to play at the next level,” Skaggs said.
Citing that many kids who play six-man don’t necessarily get the same looks that others who play 11-man do, Skaggs explained that the interest is there and that while the school could probably have managed to put an 11-man roster together this season, it was better to continue to “lay the groundwork” this year and be ready for 2016.
“We are going to be doing lots and lots of work over the next 12 months to prepare,” Skaggs said.
Hamstra, who most recently serves as athletic director and head football coach at Southwest Christian School in Fort Worth, said he’s been “watching TCA from afar” for a few years and believes in the direction of the program.
“[We have a] tremendous platform to teach lifelong lessons,” Hamstra said about athletics in general. “[Athletics is also] a big part of school culture and so many people are involved in sports from parents, students, faculty and staff.”
Hamstra has over 20 years of teaching, coaching and administrative experience in Christian schools and said that the Biblical view the athletes have can be an asset to everyone they come in contact with.
“Our effort and attitude means everything,” he said. “God has called us to do our best.”
Hamstra explained to parents some of the new things he was implementing this summer for the football and other programs, like off-season workouts and camps. He asked for “grace” as he transitioned into his new role at the school but also said he was open to answering any questions at any time.
“Relationships are more important and mean more than the wins on the scoreboard,” he said. “[This coaching staff] is intentional about poring into the lives of these young men and showing them the Bible is relevant to their lives today.”
TCA begins this football season with a scrimmage against the Weatherford Express Aug. 15 and an opening game against Granbury Cornerstone Aug. 28.
Melissa Winn, 817-594-9902, Ext. 104