Calvary Christian hires Darrell Don as
Clearwater, FL (February 2, 2013) Calvary Christian High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Darrell Don to serve as the school’s next Athletic Director. Coach Don currently serves as the Athletic Director at The First Academy in Orlando, a position he has held for the last seven years. Under his leadership, The First Academy athletic program grew from 17 sports with 34 teams and 450 participants in 2006, to 22 sports with 52 teams and 700 participants in 2013. TFA’s teams earned 52 district, 19 regional, and 9 state team championships, along with 8 individual state champions with Coach Don serving as Athletic Director. Additionally, there have been 24 athletes signed to Division 1 scholarships with over 60 athletes continuing on to play in college since Coach Don took over as the TFA Athletic Director.
Calvary’s Head of School, Mr. David Kilgore, said, “We could not have found a more qualified candidate for the A.D. position than Darrell Don.” “I am thankful Coach Don accepted the position and I look forward to him guiding our school’s athletic department as the school continues to grow in student enrollment and with the addition of on-campus athletic facilities.”
Coach Don is returning “home” with accepting the position at Calvary. Don has deep roots in Clearwater. Both he and his wife, Angela, grew up in Clearwater and lived there for 36 years before leaving to join The First Academy. Parents and siblings still live and work in Clearwater, making it an even sweeter homecoming. “God’s timing is perfect,” Don said. “It’s hard to say ‘no’ to an opportunity to go home.”
Coach Don will begin employment at Calvary on April 1, 2013. Coach Don served as the head baseball coach at The First Academy; however, he will not coach any sports at Calvary. Coach Don replaces Mr. Greg Thiel as Calvary’s Athletic Director. Thiel recently accepted the position as the Head Track and Field Coach at Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina. Thiel led the Calvary Athletic Department since 2008. Kilgore said, “We express our sincere appreciation for the outstanding leadership of Greg Thiel as Calvary’s Athletic Director. His leadership has impacted all athletic teams at Calvary, but his influence has been most realized by his spiritual leadership in the lives of our students. Coach Thiel will be greatly missed at Calvary.”
Calvary Christian High School is a 9th – 12th grade high school serving Pinellas County with an outstanding academic program that is accredited by SACS and ACSI. For more information, please visit the school’s website at www.cchs.us, or contact the Head of School, Mr. David Kilgore.