COACHES SPOTLIGHT: JASON COLLEY
Jason Colley has been coaching baseball in some capacity for the past 25 years. When he’s not coaching baseball, he’s coaching basketball or in the classroom as WC’s 7&8 grade Social Studies teacher.
How did you get into coaching?
“Sports, particularly baseball, have been a big part of my life since I was a young child. Some of my fondest memories of my childhood were on the ball field or riding in the car with my dad helping him fill out the line-up card. My dad, was my coach all growing up, and I knew when I grew up, I wanted to be like him and coach not only my own kids but help teach other kids the game. Even before my own playing career ended after college, I had already started volunteering in the summer with high school baseball teams to gain experience, so that when I graduated from Taylor University and was done playing, I was ready to transition into coaching and teaching.”
What is the most rewarding thing for you about coaching?
“It has to be the relationships you build with the athletes. Over so many years of coaching, I can’t remember the wins and losses so much as I remember the players and the experiences I’ve had with them both on and off the field or court. Seeing them grow both as athletes and young people is very rewarding!”
How do you incorporate faith into your coaching?
“Incorporating my faith has looked different in the variety of settings I have coached in over the years. Coaching at WC, I can let my faith be front and center with my athletes. I try to be very intentional about helping our WC athletes see their participation in sport as an opportunity to worship God, grow in their faith with their teammates, and proclaim the Gospel to opposing teams and coaches, as well as officials. We don’t always get it right, but trying to have a Christ-like attitude on the field and on the sidelines is something I try to do and to teach the student-athletes to have as well.”