Courtesy of Tommy Adams, former head coach, boys basketball at Vandalia Christian School, where the coach took the boys team to their first State Title since 1985, just one year ago….Coach out and new coach in, as ‘The Whistle’ changes hands….
Let’s take you down to the Vandalia Christian School, on Pleasant Garden Road, here in Greensboro.
After hanging the State 3A banner state championship Tommy and Luke Adams hung up the whistles. The mantle was passed to a familiar face, Ryan Nelson. Coach Nelson is no stranger to VCS basketball, he has been developing a solid foundation for the basketball program, as the junior Varsity coach. He has compiled a 47 and 26 record and takes over a varsity deep with returning state championship experience. Led by 3-year starter and Division One prospect Tyler T.C. Daniels, 6’5’’ Ethan Willis and 6’6’’ Joe Redmond, VCS should make another run for a repeat title.
“I fully expect Coach Nelson to take VCS to the next level”, says former Coach Adams. “I am so proud of the men and the way they have embraced a new coaching staff. Brothers Chad and Brad Williams, both basketball players that graduated from Northeast Guilford, will assist Nelson on the bench. I may have retired but I plan to be following and attending as many games as possible. These men erased a nearly 30 tear drought to make VCS champions. They are young men with integrity first and made an investment in my life. I will never forget how God brought us together.”
The VCs basketball team returned from a quick weekend trip picking up their first 2 wins. Beating Wilmington Christian 75 to 63 and Cape Fear Academy.
They went away to Burlington Christian on Friday night. A place where VCS has not found victory. Last year losing in overtime. Friday night that all changed. Coach Ryan Nelson lead VCS to a 73 to 49 victory. Ethan Willis had 28 points and 10 boards, T.C. Daniels had 7 points and 5 assist ,and new comer Cam Alston chipped in 8 points. While the victory was a total team effort the big news of the night was, after fighting leukemia the last two years and watching his jersey taken and draped over a chair, Will Zimmerman put that jersey on and with 4.33 left in the game, he came off the beach to pick up 2 steals, 1 assist, and score 5 points. Needless to say the crowd went wild. After praying and watching this terrible diseases wear down this young man, God was gracious to him and he returned to the game he loves to play. Stay tuned for future information, this may be the start of something remarkable at VCS.