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 over 17 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 24 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 23 years to my wife, Melinda, and we have four wonderful kids – Kaley, Caleb, Elijah and Cade

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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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Sarah McAllister – Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach1-DSC_0003

Head Coach, Sarah McAllister, is in her seventh year of coaching at Grace Christian. She is CAP I and IMPACT certified and a member of the AVCA Association.   Sarah played many sports growing up in a military family and was awarded the All-Conference Player for DoD schools in volleyball her senior year.  She chose to play tennis at a collegiate level but has never lost the passion for volleyball.  Coach McAllister has a B.S. degree from Southern Wesleyan University and attended NC State University for pre-graduate studies in plant biology.  She owns and operates her own day spa and salon in downtown Apex but lives in Sanford with her husband, Scott and their 5 children who love the equestrian farm life. Coach McAllister says, “The most rewarding part of my job is sharing in spiritual growth through athletics and being a part of developing our youth in Christian character and conduct.  Being a part of something so much bigger and sharing in that unification through our Lord Jesus Christ”

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Angie Crunk – JV Girls Volleyball Coach / Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball Coach 

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I personally played volleyball from middle school through high school, and later played collegiate volleyball at Pensacola Christian College. Following my year at PCC I was the assistant coach at my high school for 2 years so volleyball has always been a huge part of my life. I truly love the sport and look forward to coaching this year alongside Sarah and feel God has truly blessed me with this opportunity. I have lived in this area for 3 years now my husband is in the military and we have 2 amazing little boys, one who attends here at Grace Christian.

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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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Tim Blodgett – Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls Soccer Coach

Tim is a local small business owner specializing in Property Management.  Tim also owns and unnamedmanages an indoor soccer facility in Sanford North Carolina. Tim has various soccer coaching licenses and truly believes he is living out his purpose in life. He is married to his wife Jen and they have two wonderful little boys one named Talin who is 5 and currently attends Grace Christian School as a kindergartner and Ryker who is two who goes part time to Saint Luke.  Tim was born and raised in Connecticut where he started playing soccer at age 5.  Tim has played on various travel teams including the Connecticut state team and also received many awards for his achievements on the field.  Tim had plans to play for the University of Rhode Island when he graduated High School but God had bigger plans.  During Tim’s senior year of high school the attacks took place at the World Trade Centers and he immediately felt a strong calling to join the Marine Corps.  He served honorably for 10 years and was medically retired in 2012 due to injuries he sustained while on his 4th combat deployment between Iraq and Afghanistan. Tim is very excited and enthusiastic about having the opportunity to work with teenagers and help them grow spiritually and professionally both on and off the soccer field.

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Arnold Womble – Varsity Cross Country 

I have been playing tennis for 35 years, 20 of those were competitive and it is the sport of a lifetime. I have been coaching for over 20 years in softArnold-121x160ball, baseball, basketball, soccer and tennis. My children have played and are involved in every sport because I believe it helps develop their skills on and off the court and they are able to appreciate a sport as part of a team and individual. I began teaching my children tennis at very young ages, my oldest daughter played tennis in college and my youngest daughter will be attending Averett University in the fall on a full tennis scholarship. My 11 year son is able to compete with young high school men at or above their level on the court. I feel tennis uses every aspect of sports. Players learn to control their footwork, speed, strategy and fitness. A tennis player has to lean on himself and be a step ahead of his competitor.  I have always taught my children and my players that you must always win respectfully and lose respectfully.

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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.



 Mike Matson – MS Boys Basketball Coach

Michael Matson is currently in his 3rd season as a head coach for Grace Christian School, and has been involved with youth athletics in Lee County for the past 20 years. He has coached baseball and basketball at the recreation, travel, middle school and high school levels. In his free time, he enjoys working with players through skill development lessons and coordinating baseball/basketball camps during the summer. Michael is also the Student Pastor at Grace Chapel Church, and has a degree in Pastoral Ministry from Carolina Bible College. He has a passion for growing students in their relationship with the Lord, and incorporates this focus into each of his sports teams.     

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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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