Megan James won Coach of the Year honors for leading Grace Christian volleyball to a conference title and a No. 2 statewide ranking in her first season as head coach.


The Grace Christian School Lady Crusaders varsity volleyball team clinched the Regular Season MCC Championship last week with their win over Lee Christian on Senior Night. The Crusaders are currently ranked #2 in the state (1A NCISAA) and are dominating on the court this season.

The team’s first-year head coach, Megan James, was recognized Thursday as the MCC Conference Coach of the Year. Grace Christian School could not be more proud of her for receiving this award.

Hiring Coach James to take the reins of the program has proven to be a huge success for the Crusaders.

When asked about winning Coach of the Year, “Coach James said, “These girls and my assistant coaches deserve the credit for our success. God has blessed me with the opportunity and responsibility to invest in the lives of these young ladies. Long after their time of being a player has passed, I pray that they have grown closer to Jesus and that in some small way, have seen Him through our time together. I love my players and I love our school. To God be the glory as this is all for Him.”

Athletic Director Nate Rhine made the following statement about Coach James’ impact and dedication to the Athletic Program. “Coach James is all-in here at Grace. She is a student of the game, but she also is committed to these girls and their spiritual and athletic development. She spends hours on and off the court working with these girls and pushing them to be the best version of themselves. Above all, she pushes and leads her players to honor and glorify Christ in all aspects of their lives.”

Rhine went on to say, “Off the court, Coach James embodies the Athletic Department slogan of ‘Work, Witness, Win’ by spending much of her free time counseling student-athletes and supporting them at one of their community team events. She has built a program in a year that is all about development, family, trust and accountability. I cannot wait to see what these ladies accomplish the rest of this season and where Coach James takes this program moving forward.

“Congrats, Coach. It is an award very well deserved.”

The Lady Crusaders will continue their season on Thursday in the Mid-Carolina Conference Tournament semifinal round.

The varsity volleyball team’s performance was part of a memorable week for the school’s athletic teams.

Middle School volleyball ended their regular season with a 2-1 win against Lee Christian, 25-10, 21-25, and 15-10. Players of the game were Bryn Edwards for her great digs on back row and Madalyn Waddell for her plays as Middle Hitter. The team won the MCC regular-season championship.

Middle School boys soccer dominated Lee Christian with a 9-0 victory. Player of the game Tripp Martin scored a hat trick and led a strong attack as Collin Felicio and Colten Fetzer scored braces. The midfield and defense quickly shut down any counterattack and the contest ended only 10 minutes into the second half. They also won the MCC regular-season championship.

JV Volleyball survived a tight match versus Lee Christian at home winning in 2 sets, 26-24 and 26-24. This was a very competitive game and the girls gave it all they had, scoring the final five points of the second set to get the win. Players of the game was Alexandra Daly for her attacks at the net and her serves, and Katie Beth Hare for a great defensive game. The victory gave Grace yet another MCC regular-season title.

Varsity Soccer added another conference victory versus Lee Christian on Senior Night. Led by John Sebastian and Player of the Game Tuck Howell, the Crusaders came out and netted two goals in the first five minutes of play. When the final horn sounded, the Crusaders were victorious 4-1.

Information is courtesy of the Grace Christian Athletic Department.