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  • Athletic Director- Sammy Skinner Jr., CAA

    It has been a privilege to lead Maranatha’s athletic department over the past three years. The entire athletic staff and coaches have shown a great deal of growth and leadership for our young people. They all have been tireless in their efforts to achieve greatness in our young people in the areas of academics, athletics, and personal spiritual growth. It is an honor to have the level of professionalism in our entire athletic department. I employ you to take a look at our website. You will see the highest level of professional coaches that will rival any high school across the country. We welcome you to be a part of this special place we call Maranatha High School.

    Prior to becoming an athletic director in 2008, Sammy had the privilege of coaching at both the high school and collegiate levels where he led teams to five state championships. He’s been fortunate to learn from amazing mentors while also being able to pay it forward, helping students achieve their dreams of earning college scholarships, playing professional sports, and competing in the Olympics. 

    Sammy is an NIAAA Certified Athletic Administrator with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Montevallo. In addition to his time in athletics, he has held faculty positions in biological sciences. Sammy credits his classroom experience with instilling a belief in the value of both athletic and academic excellence. He is known for creating athletic environments that not only reflect the importance of excellence in all areas, but also bringing parents, students, and faculty together to positively impact the community.

    Sammy and his family recently relocated from Orlando, Florida to Southern California. This Alabama native never imagined his path would lead his family to California but he understands there is nothing that happens in life without God’s plan. It has been a great opportunity to join the Maranatha family. It has been a blessing, and I look forward to continue working with our administration, teachers, parents, and students. It is in God’s hands. He will direct our path to be known, be challenged, and be transformed.

    Contact Sammy via email or direct line (626) 817-4060
  • Assistant Athletic Director- Eddie Arnett M.C.A.A., '96

    Eddie Arnett ’96 has served as Maranatha’s Assistant Athletic Director since 2006. Known for his passion for MHS’s mission and his dedication to his alma mater, Arnett is responsible for game coordination, facility management, transportation, and summer challenge camps.

    In addition to administrative roles which included serving as the Assistant Director of Student Activities, Arnett also brings a perspective of a coach and teacher. Beginning in 1999 and totaling eight seasons, Arnett served the soccer and track programs in the roles of Head and Assistant Coach. Starting in 2004, Arnett held faculty positions in physical education and theology.

    Credited for playing a major role in elevating the consistency of many aspects of the Minutemen athletic program, Arnett is grateful for the platform that athletics provides. Arnett reflected, “What’s most important about my role is it allows me to pursue my passion of ministering to students while being a positive example in their lives.”
     
    Arnett is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in physical education and Concordia University with a master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration.

    Contact Eddie via email or direct line (626) 817-4061
  • Athletic Operations and Communication Coordinator- Matt Shupper M.A.T

    Matt Shupper brings a wealth of knowledge and experience into the Maranatha Athletics Department. Matt is a graduate of Whitworth University where he played college baseball, and majored in Communications and Leadership Studies. In 2004 Matt joined West Coast Sports Management where he worked as a sports agent for over 50 MLB and Minor League Baseball players over the span of 6 years. Matt later felt called into the classroom and back on the field, so he pursued a Masters in Teaching and graduated from the University of Southern California in 2011. Matt taught online for 6 years and began coaching at Maranatha as the varsity baseball coach in 2012. During his time coaching at Maranatha, Matt has also worked in the Marketing and Communications department and taught Physical Education classes. 

    Matt and his wife Beth have been married for 17 years and have 3 children Carter, Bentley and Owen.

    Contact Matt via email or direct line (626) 817-4063 
  • Certified Athletic Trainer- Alicia Vessey, ATC, CES. '08

    Alicia Vessey ‘08 is beginning her third year as the Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) for Maranatha High School. During her time as a student at Maranatha, she fell in love with athletic training and decided to pursue a career in the field of sports medicine. She received her Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from Azusa Pacific University and has been working as an AT since 2012. When asked what her favorite part of the job is, Alicia said “One of the best parts about sports medicine is helping injured athletes return to playing the sport(s) they love. Here at Maranatha, I have the privilege of doing that on a daily basis! Not only that, but I have the opportunity to share my passion for athletic training and love for the Lord with our students.” Alicia is grateful to the Maranatha families for entrusting her with the health and safety of their student-athletes.

    Contact Alicia via email or direct line (626) 817-4064
Phone: 626 817 4000

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External Website: www.wearemaranatha.com

Philosophy

Athletics at Maranatha High School provides a co-curricular opportunity for student-athletes who meet our school’s standards of spiritual, academic and physical well being, to represent our school in athletic competition. It is our stated goal to use the various sport activities not only to develop the athletic skills and abilities of our student-athletes, but also to emphasize spiritual growth and life skills (self-discipline, endurance, perseverance, personal integrity, cooperation, to name a few). MHS athletes strive to be both CHRIST-LIKE in EFFORT and in ATTITUDE at all times. Athletics provides the avenue for which we develop these important areas of our student-athletes’ lives. Our athletes are to be committed to their teams, act with integrity, and compete with sportsmanship, character and pride at all times. Maranatha High School athletics include but are not limited to the following characteristics:
  • Scholar Athletes: Interscholastic athletics are a valuable part of the MHS co-curricular experience. MHS is a college preparatory high school; academics are the first and foremost priority for each student. While it may be challenging at times, those who participate in team competitions have a responsibility to manage their time and commit fully to their teams and obligations.
  • Integrity: MHS scholar athletes compete ethically, fairly and with respect to themselves, teammates, opponents, and officials. MHS pursues CIF’s goal of victory with honor and dismisses a “win at all cost” attitude.
  • Sportsmanship: Sportsmanship and fair play are invaluable components of the MHS athletic program. Coaches, athletes, and parents are expected to represent MHS in a manner that is respectful of others, both on and off the field of play. It is the objective of all participants to develop and maintain the highest standards of courtesy, emotional discipline, and good sportsmanship.
  • Character: Through participation in athletics, MHS scholar athletes learn lessons in sportsmanship, teamwork, goal setting, competition, overcoming adversity, and winning and losing with proper decorum. MHS recognizes that the purpose of interscholastic athletics is to promote the physical, mental, moral, social and emotional well-being of the athlete. Participation in MHS athletic programs is a privilege, not a right. To earn that privilege, student athletes must abide by the rules and they must conduct themselves, on and off the field, as positive role models who exemplify CHRIST-LIKE character.
  • Pride: Athletic competition provides a venue through which our community comes together in support of each individual athlete and team. Our athletic program commits to excellence and takes pride in its growth, participation and success. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has many policies and procedures governing interscholastic athletic events. CIF guidelines are kept on file in the Athletic Office and can be found on www.cifss.org. The following policies and procedures summarize important CIF and MHS systems regarding both athletic events and the Athletic Department.
Maranatha believes that an athletic program provides opportunities for students to acquire tools for lifelong personal growth. These tools include self discipline, responsibility, cooperation, ability to work as a team, perseverance, desire to play fair, and class in both winning and losing.