Pictured Left to Right: Coach Antwain Turner and Wesley Woods - Director for Savannah Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes
October 2017 Savannah Area FCA Coach of the Month - Coach Antwain Turner of Bethesda Academy
The Savannah Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes would like to congratulate Coach Antwain Turner of Bethesda Academy for being selected as the October 2017 Savannah Area FCA Coach of the Month. Coach Turner serves as the Athletic Director, Head Football Coach and Chaplain at Bethesda, and is well respected within the community for his impact as a coach, as well as his passion to reach students for Christ as a youth minister at his local church. Coach Turner is married to Petrina and they have three boys together, Jadon (8), Jordan (7) and Justin (4). Coach declares that his favorite verse from the Bible comes from Philippians 4:13 which states, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," and his favorite food is pizza! An interesting fact about Coach Turner is he was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Savannah when he was 18. He has now lived in Savannah longer than he lived in his hometown of Atlanta. He shared, "Time flies when you are having fun!" Coach Turner was awarded a Savannah Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes Award Certificate and a $100 gift card from the Savannah Area FCA.
From our staff at the Savannah Area FCA, we would like to say thank you to Coach Turner for his unwavering commitment to Christ, as well as his involvement as an FCA Huddle Coach on campus at Bethesda Academy.
Below, you will find a short interview we did with Coach Turner:
- As a coach that is focused on living out your faith on and off the field, what have you learned about yourself?
I have learned and am learning how to coach with a purpose bigger than the norm. It is bigger than me! Coaching is an opportunity to impact lives beyond the game.
- What are some key principles that you try to instill in the coaches and student-athletes you work with daily?
I try to instill within our team how to practice and play for the Glory of God! We want to Coach and play from the inside, out! Therefore, we have instituted what we call our Blazer Law; Accountability, Unity, Discipline, Integrity and Teachable Spirit.
- What are some things you do every day to make sure you stay focused on your relationship with Christ?
I strive to pray daily, study God's Word and attend weekly church.
- What are some things you do every day to stay focused on your family?
We pray as a family in the morning, eat dinner together most nights, read bedtime stories and pray to end the night.
- What are you focused on right now that you believe will help you become a better coach?
I believe that if I can continue to grow as a Christian man, I will continue to grow as a Christian Coach. Currently, I am striving to apply a passage of scripture from James 1:19 which say's, "Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger."
- How has the ministry of FCA impacted you as a coach, and how are you using FCA as a coach?
FCA has poured into my life through a Couples Retreat, FCA Summer Football Camps, Coaches Huddles, visitations with our Local FCA Representative, attending banquets, and more. FCA has provided me and our team with a platform to play the game the right way, for the Glory of God! FCA has encouraged me to have both coaches and team huddles weekly.
- It’s the last play of the game and the game is on the line. You huddle up your players to motivate them. What do you say?
This is the moment that we have waited for. God has granted you the ability to go out there and get the job done! Believe in yourself and let's finish strong! Finish on three!