Trinity Christian School athletes will don pads and wear cleats for the first time next fall.
Former Arkansas and Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt stood on stage when an exhibit of Trinity Christian School’s first uniform was unveiled. Nutt was the guest speaker Tuesday night for Trinity Christian School’s 2019 Gala at the Texas Convention Center.
Texarkana (Texas) Mayor Bobby Bruggeman, and several of Texarkana’s most respected citizens were in attendance. They were treated to Nutt’s emotional motivation message, dinner, and an opportunity to contribute at TCS’s biggest fund-raising event.
Representing TCS as master of ceremonies was Greg Starr. His opening theme was “Who and What Trinity Christian School is today?” He held his cell phone to the microphone and read the school’s mission. Starr emphatically called TCS a safe zone for its students, and an extension of what is taught at home.
Once introduced, Nutt echoed Starr’s comments.
“I love what you are doing here,” said Nutt, pointing to a banner reading Trinity Christian School. He then pointed towards the other guests, which included teachers, coaches and administrators.
“You’re difference makers,” he said. “You never know what that teacher or coach is going to do to change the world with a young person. It happened for me.”
Nutt credits Johnson for his coaching career
Nutt then explained how former Oklahoma State coach Jimmy Johnson helped him decide his future. He had always dreamed of playing in the NFL or NBA, but he performed poorly at a training camp. Johnson paid Nutt $1.65 per hour to be his freshman coach the next year, and the rest was history. Nutt was National Coach of the Year his first season at Arkansas, and was voted SEC Coach of the Year three times in 13 seasons.
The unveiling of a mannequin dressed in Warrior football gear followed. Physical Education teacher and former TCS student Caleb Price was introduced as the school’s first head football coach. We’re talking about 8-man club football.
Assisting Price, 29, are coaches Josh Bishop and Jonnie Smith.
“Fortunately for us the Arkansas Activities Association just started this club league,” said Price. “Coach Smith coached eight-man in Kansas, which will be a big plus for us.”
The Warriors’ coaching staff is hoping to attract at least 14-16 boys and girls. Girls are being allowed to play.
Home schoolers will be eligible to study and play athletics at TCS.