King’s Way Christian High School will start the 2021-22 school year with a lot of new faces, including new coaches for volleyball, girls soccer and boys golf, as well as a new athletic director.
Jared Valentine, the former athletic director at Columbia Christian in Portland, was hired in June after a four-month search to find a permanent replacement for outgoing AD Brad Butterworth.
Valentine served as the men’s basketball coach at Warner Pacific College, his alma mater, for nine seasons before stepping down in the summer of 2020 to take his position at Columbia Christian. He posted a 183-106 record and was the named the Cascade Collegiate Conference and NAIA coach of the year in 2015.
Valentine holds an undergraduate degree in Social Science from Warner Pacific and a master’s in education from Azusa Pacific.
One of Valentine’s first duties as AD at King’s Way was filling three coaching vacancies for the fall season.
Tristan Norris is the new head coach of the girls soccer program. Norris has played and coached soccer in a variety of settings, but this will be his first foray into high school soccer as a head coach.
“I have felt a calling to coach soccer for many years, and I am thrilled to step into this exciting role at King’s Way,” Norris said. “I look forward to stewarding athletes toward the truth and wisdom of the Gospel, while building on the success of the girls soccer program.”
Norris is currently a middle school teacher at Cornerstone Christian. He replaces Jodel Wright as coach at King’s Way.
Olivia Alexander was hired as the head coach of the volleyball program. Alexander has served as an assistant coach at King’s Way the past four seasons, and she has also coached in the Clark County Fusion Volleyball Club for six seasons.
“I am excited about this promotion,” Alexander said. “Getting to share my love for volleyball and Jesus, while developing young athletes in this fantastic community is a real blessing.”
The Evergreen High School graduate attended Clark College and Grand Canyon University. She is the Early Childhood Education Director at Cornerstone Christian Academy. She replaces Shane Agan as head coach.
King’s Way Christian baseball coach Todd Pisarczyk will add the role of head coach of boys golf to his duties.
Pisarczyk played high school golf at Prairie, advancing to state his junior year, and continued to play at Western Washington.
Pisarczyk said he wanted to “pass my love of the game to our student-athletes. It’s a game that can be played for a lifetime, and I want all these guys to be playing it when they are over the hill like me.
Pisarczyk takes over from Justin Tigner as boys golf coach for the Knights.