Athletic Staff

Stephen Cross – Athletic Director / Varsity Girls Basketball Coach

Steve Cross, Athletic DirectorI am honored and blessed to be the Athletic Director and Women’s Basketball Coach at Grace Christian School.  I graduated from Clearwater Christian College in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.  I have 20 years experience in Athletic Administration working at schools in Florida, South Carolina, Virginia and North Carolina.  My goal for the GCS athletic program is to provide an excellent sports program that will allow and encourage our student athletes to honor and glorify God in all that they do (I Corinthians 10:31), understanding that athletics is something that God allows us to do, not something that defines us.  I also will coach the Varsity Women’s Basketball team.  I have 25 years experience coaching basketball, leading and being part of a State Championship Team, two undefeated teams, and other numerous district and conference championship teams.  Success to me is more than just winning games, it is the ongoing process of becoming better than we once were, and giving credit to THE ONE who gave us our abilities – Jesus Christ.   I have been married for 24 years to my wife, Melinda, and we have four wonderful kids – Kaley, Caleb, Elijah and Cade – and two grandchildren – Jax and Jericho.

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Jesse Wilson – Assistant Athletic Director / Varsity Boys BasketballJesse Wilson

I am proud to call Sanford, NC my home where I was born and raised. I graduated high school from Lee Senior High School in 1998, during my time at Lee Senior I played 3 years of Varsity Basketball, one under Coach Miller and two under Coach Peace; both coaches taught me a lot about the game and life itself. From there I went to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where I played four years of D-2 basketball and also graduated with a Bachelor of Science. After college I entered the US army, where I gladly served my country for 6 years. During that time I went on 2 deployments, one to Afghanistan and one to Iraq. After being medically discharged from the army; I worked in the corporate world before being blessed with a position at Grace Christian teaching MS Math and Bible. I am excited about being the Upper School Dean of Students and coaching Varsity Men’s Basketball. The Lord has blessed with a passion for basketball that has been a part of me all my life. I look forward to the upcoming season.   I have a beautiful wife, LaRue and two beautiful children, Kaleigh and Jordan, which are my pride and joy.

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 Chandler Patterson – JV/Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach 

Being born and raised in Sanford, NC I am very excited to begin working in my hometown.  I graduated from Lee Senior High School in 2014. While in school I played 4 years of volleyball, as well as 4 years of varsity softball. My senior year I was awarded player of the year for our volleyball conference, as well as Tom Suter’s extra effort award. After graduating, I attended Campbell University on a Softball scholarship, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a minor in Psychology. Graduating from Campbell in May, I was blessed with the position at Grace to teach middle school science, and coach Varsity Volleyball. I am very excited to be apart of this new family and can’t wait to see what the year holds in store.



Angela Tippett –  MS Girls Volleyball Coach


I am very excited to be coaching middle school volleyball this fall at GCS.  I am moving to the area from the mountains of western North Carolina where I was raised.  My long-time love of volleyball began in middle school, playing through high school and finally playing as a walk-on in college.  I was blessed to coach volleyball for a small Christian school in my hometown.  I am thankful for the opportunity here at GCS to share my love of sports and my love of Jesus with a new generation of athletes.  I will do my best to teach them the basics of volleyball while teaching them the importance of sportsmanship, respect and responsibility that Christian athletes should model in their daily walk.  

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Shane and Kim Casey – Cross Country Coaches


Jerry Bussy – JV Boys Basketball Coach/Varsity Boys Baseball Coach

I have lived in Sanford for the past 20 years moving to NC from central NY.  I am currently the Superintendent at Knight’s Play Golf Center in Apex.  I am married to my wife, April, and have two children who both attend Grace, Colby and Claire.  I have coached middle school boys basketball, JV boys basketball and Varsity baseball at Grace.  I played soccer, basketball and tennis during high school.  I have also coached soccer through the SASL league, a travel soccer team and basketball through Parks and Rec in Lee County.



 DeShawn Brown – MS Girls Basketball Coach

My name is DeShawn Brown and I am from Sacramento, Ca. After serving in the military (U.S. Army) and being stationed at Fort Bragg my family and I decided to call Sanford, NC home. My wife and I have been active in the Lee County community for several years although we lived on the military instillation. It is with great pride and respect I take on the opportunity to coach a great group of young ladies and help them grow on and off the basketball court. I bring over 15 years of basketball experience as a player, coach and volunteer. I have coached on various levels and have a lot to offer to the team. I believe in respect for all, team first, and a NO QUIT ATTITUDE! I look forward to being at Grace Christian and allowing God to use me as he has done before to give back to the youth.

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Kim Casey – Cheerleading Coach