High School / Middle School Head Coach: Jacob Killion
Assistant Coach: Shelby Bonesteel
Meet the Coach – Jacob Killion
Church: Cedar Creek Baptist Church
School(s) Attended: Masters and Bachelors from the University of Arkansas in Agriculture Economics. Currently a full time student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Sports Played: Golf Archery
Occupation: Teaches Macroeconomics online for Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
How long have you been involved in archery? I have been an avid archer for as long as I can remember. For at least 20 years, I have had a bow in my hand.
What made you get into archery? My grandpa wanted to raise up a hunting buddy for himself, so from the time that I was born, he told me about his great adventures with a bow and arrow. When I was 4, he bought me a small compound with suction cup arrows that I shot at everything. Usually, my grandpa would take up for me when I broke fragile items in the house. I got to watch him practice and hunt with his bow and dreamed about the day when I got an opportunity. When I was old enough, my family bought me a bow that I could take hunting. Since then, shooting recreationally and competitively has been a source of great enjoyment and relaxation.
What was the deciding factor in coming to coach at CAL? I wanted to coach at a place where I could help train up the next generation of Christ disciples that will carry the Gospel to the ends of the earth long after I am gone. CAL is one of the few places where this is of utmost importance. The heads of the athletic department and I share this same desire to see God glorified through the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ. I couldn’t wait to be a part of a place as special as CAL.
What is your vision for the CAL archery program? I envision an archery program that will ‘do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him’ as Colossians 3:17 says. This means that we will pursue excellence on and off the range. This vision will display itself in the way we behave and shoot. The foundation of this program will be built on this God glorifying pursuit of excellence. If we do this, I believe results will come given the resources and support that CAL has already provided.
What do you look forward to most this year? I look forward to working with the students and seeing them improve over the course of the year. This brings me great joy. Of course, I want to see them compete and win, but I also want to see their love of archery and archery related sports grow. I also look forward to seeing how God makes his Renown known in our archery program which is what I am praying for. Please join me in praying that God would glorify himself in CAL’s archery program. Pray that I would decrease and God would increase in this program.