Simpson University to Host FCA Coaches Clinic on May 11

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University will host a free coaching clinic sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

University, school and community youth coaches are encouraged to attend the “3D Coaching Clinic: Transforming the Culture of Sports” and hear from six presenters with more than 150 years of combined coaching experience. They will be sharing their respective approaches to fostering successful programs through transformational coaching strategies that develop the athleticism, character, and faith of their athletes.

Presenters include Dr. Terry Franson, who led the Azusa Pacific University track and field program to 11 NAIA National Championships; West Valley High School football coach Greg Grandell; Rick Prinz, head football coach at Paradise High School; Alison Hall, who has more than 24 years of coaching experience in volleyball and track and field; and Foothill High School wrestling coach Jerry Vallotton, who has coached for 30 years in Shasta County.

The Simpson University Office of Advancement is helping to underwrite the event, which includes lunch and a free 3D Coach book to the first 30 registrants. The registration deadline is May 6.

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Simpson University’s FCA campus “huddle” (club or chapter) was certified in 2016. Derrick Pringle III, assistant athletic director and head women’s basketball coach, serves as the FCA ministry leader/staff advisor. He and his wife, Nicole, host 12 to 15 students weekly, on average, for fellowship, an inspirational message, and Bible study. Several Simpson FCA student-leaders have been asked to share their testimony and speak at local high school FCA huddle meetings.

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Derrick and Nicole Pringle lead Simpson’s FCA huddle, with weekly meetings and fellowship.


Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a highly ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

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