Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Passing the Baton: Meet Coach Grit





I'm very happy to announce that coach Joe Grit will be the next Men's varsity soccer coach of Timothy Christian Schools. Coach Grit has already had one year in the TC soccer program as our middle school A team coach. He's our 8th grade science teacher.

When I met Coach Grit a year ago, I promoted him from B-team coach to A-team coach after a 5 minute conversation. Within the first few weeks of the 2013 fall season, I was so impressed by his abilities that I told him that he needs to be my replacement someday.  Little did I know that this opportunity would come for my family and the 2013 season would be my last at TC! So in a way, Coach Grit has been my 1st choice to be my replacement for about a year now.

Coach Grit has the knowledge, experience, passion, work rate, and faith commitment that our program demands. After 7 years of being entrusted with the responsibility of being the head of the Men's soccer program, I have such a deep love of the soccer family, and I wanted to make sure that this transition happened in a way where the program will continue to be in good hands.  I'm 100% confident that will happen with Coach Grit.

From our players and parents, I ask for patience, flexibility, openness, commitment honesty, and integrity. Give this man a chance and you will not be disappointed. 

I leave the program in very capable hands. Coach DK will still be the best assistant coach at TC and will be a tremendous source of continuity for Coach Grit as he learns the varsity program in this upcoming season.

I will remain a faithful friend and long-distance fan of the TC Men's Soccer Program.

Swift and Beautiful for Thee!

-Coach Gesch

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A note of welcome from Coach Grit:

It is my honor and privilege to be taking over as the new varsity soccer coach at TC!  I am very grateful for the opportunity to take over for Coach Gesch and I hope to honor the program he and Coach DK helped build by keeping alive the best of the past.  Even though I am still getting to know a lot of the players and parents, I know that we are united by one common goal: fostering Godly men of character and integrity and the success of Trojan soccer.  Coach DK and I are unified with this goal and are excited to get things rolling.

Without a doubt, I love and am extremely passionate about soccer, both on and off the field.  I have spent the majority of my life playing, studying and learning the game of soccer and next year will mark my sixth year of coaching.  My experience consists of three years at the middle school level and two years at the varsity level.  Developmentally, the experience at both levels serves as an advantage and provides a great foundation to maximize player potential.

Currently, my number one goal at this time is to build relationships with players and the TC soccer family.  As I meet with players individually, I’m excited to get to know them not only as players, but also as young men.  Being part of a soccer team establishes memories that will last a lifetime.   Beyond just soccer, my goal is that every player continually grows into a Godly man full of integrity and character and knows I’m there for them as both a coach and mentor whenever needed.

TC Parents/Community:  I want to get to know and build relationships with you as well.  Communication, honesty and integrity are very important to me and thus if you have any questions, concerns, just want to meet me or talk some soccer, please setup a meeting and I’d love to hear what you have to say and talk face-to-face!

Respectfully, Coach Grit

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Soccer Open Gym Tomorrow AM- Featuring New Coach Announcement at 7:00 AM

All,

Tomorrow morning we will have our regularly scheduled Open Gym from 6:30-7:45.  As a special feature, at 7:00 AM, I'll announce and introduce the next Varsity Soccer Coach of the Men's Soccer Program at Timothy Christian.

I'm very excited to share this news and I am very excited about passing the torch to the next coach.  He will be a great addition to the program and is the right man in the right position at the right time.  I'm confident that God will work through him for His glory and for the continued success of the program.

He wanted to talk FIRST with the team and then we will publicly announce the hire.

See you then!

-Coach Gesch

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Open Gym Update: 7:30-9:00 AM tomorrow morning

In light of tomorrow's late start, we will be going from 7:30-9:00 AM for tomorrow's indoor soccer Open Gym.

As always, all are welcome- we're excited to play!

-Coach Gesch

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Soccer Pins/Letters... Come and Get 'em!


I just realized that I never distributed letters/pins after the fall season.  If you participated in mens soccer this fall, please come by my office to get the letter/pin that you earned this season.

I'm still waiting for someone to use this letter on a sweater a la Happy Days' Richie Cunningham.  That's a REALLY dated joke that only your parents will get.  This blog has officially jumped the shark with that comment.

Anyway- stop by my office for your stuff.

Looking forward to Open Gym next Wednesday!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Indoor Soccer Open Gym Cancelled Tomorrow Morning

All,

Tomorrow morning's open gym has been cancelled due to the inclement weather forecast.

Basically, I don't want to be up at 5:00 AM making the call, so I'm making it right now! :)

We'll be back at it next week, Wednesday, March 19th.

See you then.

-Coach G.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Brazuka Futsol Arrived!

Looking forward to kicking this bad boy around tomorrow morning at open gym! 

Thanks to the generous and thoughtful TC Soccer parent who provided this!! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Coach Gesch's Next Adventure!


Time for some big news for the TC soccer family:

My family and I have accepted an offer to join the Eastern Christian School community.  Eastern Christian is located in New Jersey (suburbs of NYC). I'll be serving this school community as their director of Marketing and Admissions. We will move there this summer.

This announcement likely comes as a surprise to the extended soccer fam- as even the idea if this was a surprise to our family as well. 

We weren't pursuing something like this- and we initially resisted even the idea because we love our current home, school, church, soccer family, and location so much. But, as we legitimately considered the opportunity, prayed a lot about it, and sought council from friends and family, it slowly but surely became clear that this adventure was in God's plan for our family's next chapter.

We're of course loaded with emotions- excitement about the opportunity to do something that we've never done before, anxiety over leaving the only area we've ever known as a family.

I remain excited about the present and future of the Timothy Christian Men's Soccer Program.  I'm proud of the role that I've been able to play and the success that the program has seen over the past 7 years.  I'm thankful to all current, former, and future players for making the TC soccer program such a special family.  I'm thankful to our amazing parents, generous donors, and the receptive Timothy community who have helped us grow the soccer program from an after-thought years ago to one of the premier programs at Timothy.

I'm particularly grateful to my Coaching partner DK who has been a true brother and friend on the sideline.  The battles we've fought together have been awesome and something I'll never forget.

In the days and months ahead, we will be sharing more information about the coaching transition, summer plans, etc.

I've always tried to teach our program verse to our players:  Proverbs 3:5-6. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight."

Well, now it's time for the Gesch family to live that verse in a very real way.

Take my feet and let them be, Swift and Beautiful for Thee!

-Coach Gesch







Sunday, February 16, 2014

TC Soccer Program Alum Earns Calvin College Defender of the Year

TC Soccer program alum Nick Groenewold continues his success at the next level. 

For his stellar play on Calvin college's back line, Nick earned team recognition as defender of the year. Calvin finished 14-5-1.  In addition to playing a key defensive role at center back, Nick even found a way to chip on offensively with a goal and an assist. 

Congrats, Nick- the TC soccer family celebrates with you and is proud of your work and dedication! Way to represent!