Sports have always brought people together. From playing together to cheering on your favorite players to commiserating with friends when your team lost, sports are an important part of life. Especially for high school students. That’s why Addison-based Trinity Christian Academy (TCA) recently welcomed two new head coaches for their varsity-level teams! Although the future of fall sports is uncertain, TCA knows that as soon as kids are allowed to play again, they want to have the best coaches out there to lead the way.
Zach Loyd, former assistant coach for Varsity Boys Soccer, has officially been named head coach for the team. “I am excited for the opportunity to be the head coach of the Varsity Boys Soccer team at TCA,” said Loyd. “The game of soccer can be used to build and develop boys into the men God wants them to be, and God has given me a desire to use the game of soccer to impact players’ lives on and off the field.”
Loyd arrived at TCA with an impressive array of athletic experience under his belt as a former stand-out player for the University of North Carolina and for FC Dallas, a professional soccer club that competes in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. His career ended after six years when he received a major concussion. When he isn’t coaching or spending time with his four children, Loyd and his wife, Casey, also a former soccer player, dedicate their time to Ten Fifteen Ministries.
Ten Fifteen Ministries is their faith-based nonprofit organization where they share the love of God through soccer. It is named Ten Fifteen after Romans 10:15 in the Bible, which says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” They thought the theme of beautiful feet went well with playing soccer. In summer 2019, they started the first free training program in June, where they had three trainings each week along with prayer, serving at Feed My Starving Children organization to pack meals for people in need, and weekly discipleship opportunities. They also have partnerships in Honduras, Haiti, India and Ethiopia, where they send soccer equipment and curricula to those countries to help with their programs.
Additionally, TCA named New Mexico State University alumna Pat Leach as head coach for the Varsity Boys Baseball team. Leach has led a number of players into successful baseball careers, coaching over 100 players that have since been drafted into Major League Baseball and over 180 high school players who went on to play at the collegiate level.
“I’m very excited about the future of TCA baseball,” said Leach. “There have been many great players and coaches at TCA. It is an absolute honor to glorify God and be a servant leader as the head coach at TCA.”
TCA is a private, coeducational school for grades PreK-12, which offers Christian families and their children a demanding, college preparatory curriculum within a Christian community committed to integrating biblical faith and learning. According to its website, TCA was “founded on the purpose of educating and developing the whole person for the glory of God.” At this school, there is more than just books and technology, athletics and arts, it’s about growing your faith with the Bible as the sole and final source of all that they believe and teach. Their student body is made up of more than 1,300 kids, who have the opportunity to join over 65 clubs, 21 varsity sports and 19 middle school sports, and take some of the 45 AP/honors classes offered.
Good luck to Loyd and Leach who are beginning this school year as new head coaches! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for TCA.