Wed., Apr. 27, 2011 El Cajon, Calif. --
After nearly three years of investing in the athletic program as Athletic Director at San Diego Christian College, Dr. Jon DePriest announced on Friday, the fifteenth of April, that he will be stepping down to fill the Interim Vice President of Academics position effective July 1, 2011. While over Hawks Athletics, Dr. DePriest also served as Interim Vice President of Student Life finding success building student-athlete enrollment from 102 to 165 while simultaneously fostering a tight knit community on campus.
In his new role, he will preside over SDCC faculty and handle curriculum matters, also assisting the college in operational transition as they pursue a location change. With that, Chris Bando, the Hawks current Baseball coach, Athletic Chaplin and Associate Athletic Director, will assume the Athletic Director position as well as continue as Head Baseball Coach.
Bando, who brings a wealth of experience as a pastor (15 years), coach (20 years) and as a professional athlete (20 years), says God has prepared his life to “invest in faithful people (coaches) equipping them to teach others (student/athletes) for the glory of God [2 Tim. 2:2].“
“My ambition is to continue on the path that Dr. Depriest has laid out for athletics,” commented Bando when asked about his vision for the department. “My role still is to be a shepherd of our athletic flock that God has entrusted to me at SDCC. “ Bando stands by the creed that the Apostle Paul stated when Paul said he labors to “present everyone mature in Christ” [Colossians 1:28]. “My heart is for discipleship and I will continue to insure we have the right coaches in place who place the priority on Christ-like character rather than the importance of who wins an athletic contest. We will recruit those whose hearts desire to glorify God through the arena of sport.” Bando believes that if “we commit to Christ like character development, then winning will be a by-product of that commitment. We remain committed to investing in young athletic lives that God has placed on a platform to use their talents to the glorious witness of the gospel of Christ.”