Rod Light | September 25, 2017

Life Pacific Warrior Athletics has come a long way in record time since its official reboot three years ago. The addition of new programs and increased student athletes means more recognition for LPC and additional champions of character.

By: Rod Light

Life Pacific Warrior Athletics has come a long way in record time since its official reboot three years ago. To recap, men’s basketball took a west regional conference championship and finished #7 nationally with a trip to Indiana last season; women’s volleyball is celebrating ten consecutive wins this fall and growing; track and cross-country teams are developing as competitive programs, and LPC was accepted as a full member in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC), one of the best NAIA conferences in the nation.

“We want to train hard and win,” he says, “but more than that, we want to produce quality people who will serve the Lord as athletes now, and in their lives after college." - Coach Tim Cook

Building Christian character in quality student athletes is far and away the highest aspiration for Athletic Director Tim Cook. “We want to train hard and win,” he says, “but more than that, we want to produce quality people who will serve the Lord as athletes now, and in their lives after college.

“Discipleship is a major part of Christian college athletics that many fans never see,” Tim says. “But we are working constantly behind the scenes to help transform lives for the kingdom of God.”

Mike Daniels, GSAC Commissioner acknowledged the shared value in a press release earlier this year: "Life Pacific College is a natural fit for the conference in its mission to develop Christ-driven student athletes and its commitment to the NAIA's Champions of Character program."

“Discipleship is a major part of Christian college athletics that many fans never see,” Tim says. “But we are working constantly behind the scenes to help transform lives for the kingdom of God.”

As LPC athletics continues to fulfill the mission of the college, men and women’s golf and women’s basketball will flesh out the already exciting teams. The new programs will offer increased opportunities for new students to benefit from the quality education they receive at Life Pacific.

“Golf is a must-have sport if we hope to remain competitive in our conference,” Tim says. He refers to our home course at nearby Via Verde Country Club, just a stone’s throw from the San Dimas campus, as a “match made in heaven.”

He says the course has been very good to our program and the head club professional shares our Christian values and goals for student athletes. Southern California offers the perfect climate for golf and Tim believes the affiliation with an enticing course like Via Verde will enhance recruitment of additional quality student athletes to our campus.

Warrior fans are abuzz about the return of women’s basketball to LPC for the Fall 2018 season. “Women’s basketball is huge across the nation with growing popularity,” Tim says. “The Life Pacific community is the perfect place for young women to develop their athletic skills and to prepare for a life of Christian service at the same time.”

Women’s basketball is a proven program for building a school’s recognition locally and nationally, and Tim believes Life Pacific Women’s Basketball can become a competitive program while simultaneously building character, equipping future leaders, and spreading the gospel through acts of Christian service.  

“Being a part of Life Pacific Athletics means making a long-standing impact on our student athletes," Tim says. Tim received Christ as a student athlete and his goal is to share his personal testimony with men and women in the program, helping them align their lives with the gospel as they develop their athletic skills.

From students to trustees, the LPC community embraces a clear and passionate commitment to godly values. It’s at the heart of who we are as an institution of Christian higher education. Within the athletics program, Tim and his staff have worked hard to establish a Christ-like culture that demonstrates daily acts of service and discipline.

“We also like to win as we compete,” Tim adds. “We want people to be proud of LPC and to tell their friends about us. We want graduates to return to campus and cheer us on, to be an encouragement to these quality student athletes who are giving of themselves to build the kingdom of God through LPC Athletics.”

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