Grace Christian School has tapped former Major League Baseball Player and Coach, Rob Wooten as their Athlete Development Director and Head Varsity Baseball Coach. Coach Wooten will lead a new department for aspiring athletes at Grace. His area of focus will be the identification of athletes who aspire to play in college and beyond. The department will help these young people prepare physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually for their next steps. Along with the academic guidance department, Coach Wooten will help athletes and their families navigate the process of marketing themselves to prospective college coaches.

In addition to these duties, Coach Wooten also takes over as the Head Varsity Baseball Coach. With the resignation of Coach Michael Matson, Wooten fields a team coming off a 22-3 record and winners of the NCISAA 1A State Championship. Moving into the 2A Class for this year, the Crusaders return most of last year’s team and are expected to make a run for the 2A crown this season.

Rob Wooten, a graduate of the University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, played in 3 College World Series and holds multiple records for the Tarheels. Wooten, a Goldsboro native, was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008, where he spent 15 years in professional baseball. Along with the Brewers, he also played for the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds. The last two seasons were spent as a pitching coach with the Cincinnati Reds.

Wooten had this to say. “I have been fortunate to be in professional baseball for the last 15 years. My family and I are thrilled that the Lord brought us home to Sanford to serve Him full-time with this opportunity. We look forward to impacting our church, school and community through mentoring these young people on and off the field. Go Crusaders!”

Founded in 1970 and located in Sanford, NC, Grace Christian School offers multi-accredited K-12 Private Christian Education. Our mission is to equip students from a Christian worldview to reach their God-given potential through excellence in academics, athletics, fine arts and technology. Our faculty and staff have been hand-selected for their outstanding qualifications, commitment to education and love for Jesus Christ.