I knew at the age of 15 that I desired to be a football coach and leader of people. Beginning my coaching career in 2011, I have 12 years of coaching and teaching experience, all over the state of Illinois, at both the High School and Collegiate levels. After surrendering to Christ in 2015, the coaching philosophy changed, considering my work as a coach as my personal ministry. In 2017, I earned my first Head Coaching job at the age of 26. The call to college football came in 2019, when Coach Stille became a Graduate Assistant at Greenville University.
I have spent the last 4 years at Greenville University, a Christian institution, serving on the football staff as Recruiting Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator, Director of Football Operations, and Linebackers Coach. During my time at GU, the linebacker room boasted 6 All-Conference performers, and the Special Teams accumulated 4 All-Conference honors. My coaching philosophy has always been to put the heart of the athlete first and foremost. I consider my time at GU to be the most impactful time of my life, equipping me to go out and serve the Kingdom in full-time sports ministry with FCA.
As the Lord has continued working on my heart, it has become obvious that He only wanted to use football as a vehicle for Kingdom impact. The football-specific activities have been great, but pale in comparison to the relationship-building, mentorship, and discipleship of athletes and other coaches. These things are truly life-giving.
I believe there is a great need at Eastern Illinois University for a follower of Christ to come alongside the coaches and athletes. Specifically, someone who understands the college coach and student-athlete life, and is willing to sit and do this life with them. It is my desire to Engage the athletics population at EIU through relationship-building and community relations, Equip coaches and athletes with the knowledge, training, and resources to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ, thus Empowering them to use their platform within Division-1 athletics for Kingdom impact.
Then he said to his disciples,
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”