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For Dan Heinz, of Salemburg, taking over the athletics program at Mintz Christian Academy brings him full circle.
He grew up in a Christian school, coached at a Christian school while in college, then went into law enforcement work, retired, and now is back coaching at a Christian school.
Besides being the Lions’ athletic director, he will coach the girls volleyball, softball, and basketball teams.
Heinz is well-known in sports circles in the western end of the county. He was one of Sampson County’s Volunteer of the Week this year and coached a Roseboro travel volleyball team. He assisted the coaches during football season at Lakewood and this past season was the assistant coach for the Leopard varsity and junior varsity softball team.
Heinz has two daughters who are sports enthusiasts. Allyson, a 2013 LHS graduate, was a starter on the volleyball team and earned a scholarship in golf to Pfieffer University; and Anna, a Lakewood sophomore, is a starter on both the volleyball and softball teams. His wife, Kaye, is president of the Lakewood Athletic Boosters.
Before he retired (and got busy), Heinz was the Training Manager of the Law Enforcement Leadership Center at the N.C. Justice Academy in Salemburg. He coordinated Narcotics training and Basic Law Enforcement for 16 years at the site. Immediately upon retiring from the Justice Academy, Heinz went to work as the Director of Training for a Raleigh firm that manufactures electronic surveillance equipment.
He said he will continue his consulting and law enforcement training on a national level, but on a limited basis, and will work around the school calendar.
So why would someone who could play golf in the morning, go fishing in afternoon, and then watch a good high school volleyball game in the evening, even consider a full-time job as athletic director of a quickly growing Christian school?
He loves a challenge, it is what he loves to do, and the school fits in with his strong Christian values.
“MCA offered me the opportunity to build an athletic program in a new Christian School. I attended a Christian High School and we had a great athletic program. We played a full public school schedule and did very well,” Heinz stated.
“My goal for the athletic program is to provide our students with the opportunity to learn, develop and compete in a manner that is pleasing to God. Athletics will not be more important than math, or science, and certainly not Bible. It will be an additional area for children to develop and display Christ-likeness and do it under the heat of competition,” he continued.
Heinz has no intentions of abandoning his support of the Leopards, but he won’t be on their coaching staff this coming year.
“I will miss coaching at Lakewood. James Lewis (LHS athletic director) gave me a great opportunity there and I learned a lot from him as well the other coaches on staff,” he said.
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