Husband and Wife to Coach At Simpson

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - Marc Vilas met Christy Swagerty on his 24th birthday on June, 24, 2007, in Fullerton, Calif., where they were both coaches at an NBC Camp (an organization that hosts national and international sports camps). Based on their common interest in coaching, Marc and Christy started dating. On Aug. 3, 2008, they got married in Solana Beach, Calif. Now Marc, 26, and Christy, 23, are Simpson University’s husband-and-wife coaches. Marc is the assistant men’s basketball coach and head golf coach; Christy is the head women’s volleyball coach.

Since they are both coaches, Marc and Christy can bounce ideas off each other, and they understand the demands of being a coach, including crazy schedules. They are also able to work together and help each other solve problems they encounter as coaches.

“I wouldn’t want to be married to a non-coach,” said Christy. “We wouldn’t have anything to talk about.”

When Marc heard through a friend that Simpson was hiring a basketball coach, he applied for the position. Simpson’s athletic director, Joe Griffin, heard that Marc was married to Christy and wanted her to coach volleyball for Simpson.

“The Lord opened up a school that needed both jobs filled,” said Marc.

Both Marc and Christy are looking forward to their respective seasons. Marc expects to see improvement within the golf team and hopes to get to know his team better. For the basketball season, Marc is looking forward to blending the old players with the new players and helping support head men’s basketball coach Jon King.

Christy is excited for her team to do their best and to apply the new things they are going to learn. “We’re going to work hard and work together,” she said.

Marc and Christy both enjoy coaching for different reasons. Marc likes coaching because he gets “to see how people develop through how you taught them.” Christy likes being a coach because it is “being in an environment that’s intense and competitive.” Both like being coaches in a Christian setting, because it pushes them and their players to be the best person and athlete they can.

Marc, who grew up in Arizona and San Diego, Calif., started coaching basketball during his senior year of high school. He has coached basketball at the high school, junior high, college, and club levels for over nine years. He has been a coach at NBC Camps since 2002. He also coached junior-high golf for five years. Marc played basketball for seven years before he started coaching; he has played golf for six years.

Volleyball and coaching run in Christy’s blood. She has played volleyball since she was 4 years old. She played volleyball at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, Calif., for four years, three of which she was a starter. She holds the school’s career assist record with 2,600 assists and was a two-time Academic All American. She also voted “Most Inspirational” by her teammates.

Christy got started in coaching by helping at her father’s volleyball camps. She began to seriously pursue coaching when she changed her major from Journalism to Kinesiology halfway through college.

Christy is the NBC Camps volleyball director. She runs four to five camps every summer and oversees the staff of the rest of the camps. She is in charge of finding curriculum, hiring coaches, and promoting NBC volleyball camps. Before becoming the volleyball director, Christy coached volleyball camps for NBC for seven years. She also coached three high school teams, three club teams, and helped run various volleyball clinics.

Marc earned a B.A. in History from California State University San Marcos. Christy graduated from The Master’s College with a degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in teaching and coaching. She also received her teaching credential last year. Both Marc and Christy are beginning the Coaching and Athletic Administration master’s program through Concordia University-Irvine this fall.

Marc and Christy will be living on campus in the Currie-Ediger residence hall. For Christy, this is not anything new because she lived in residence halls for four years during college. For Marc, this will be his first time living in a college residence hall.

“We are happy to be at Simpson,” said Christy. “This is a huge blessing and opportunity for us at such a young age.”

Story by Elise Wilson

Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.
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