Scott Reitnour – Camp Director & Varsity Men’s soccer coach: During Reitnour’s 11-year tenure as head coach at Wesleyan Christian Academy, Wesleyan has captured 6 PACIS Conference Titles, enjoyed 5 state finals appearances, won 3 state championships and posted a 194-43-23 record. In 2011 & 12, the Men of Troy captured back-to-back 3A NCISAA state titles – Wesleyan’s 11th & 12th state championships. Wesleyan’s 2012 team finished ranked #3 in the Nation in the NSCAA National poll, and this year’s 2013 squad is currently ranked 5th by the NSCAA and #1 by Maxpreps. Coach Reitnour has earned recognition as NCSCA 3A Private School Regional COY (05, 11, 12), North Carolina State COY (05, 11, 12), NSCAA/Adidas South Regional COY, PACIS COY (03, 04, 06, 11, 12), been a finalist for NSCAA/Adidas National COY three times (05, 09, 11), & coached in the HS All-American game (12). Coach Reitnour holds his NSCAA National & Advanced National Diplomas & has seen numerous players move on to enjoy outstanding college careers at the Division 1, 2, 3 & NAIA levels. In addition to his duties with Wesleyan, Reitnour coaches with Piedmont Triad Football Club & the Kings Warriors of the PDL. Reitnour also runs Imago Dei Soccer Academy, which provides technique & agility training for competitive soccer players & goalkeepers. Reitnour played & captained on 3 nationally ranked teams at Houghton College from 1993-1995; served as the Assistant Men’s Coach at Houghton & Alfred University; & enjoyed directing camps, coaching & playing with the Charlotte Eagles.
When the Reitnour family moved to rural Western New York in 1980, we were embraced by both the Houghton Wesleyan Church and the Fillmore Central School communities. Kathy Reitnour - a single mother with four young children - found love, support, encouragement & opportunity, as she finished her teaching degree at Houghton College and was subsequently hired by Fillmore Central School as a second grade elementary school teacher. Fillmore Central School partnered with my family, most specifically my Mom, in inculcating essential core values in my life. Several of these values include: the importance of life of the mind, the primacy of personal relationships and the necessity of wounded healers living for others. I am incredibly thankful for both my Mom - who sacrificed much to rear our young family while serving as a faithful teacher at Fillmore for over 30 years - and to Fillmore for providing a network of support for our family.
At the most basic level, an excellent academic institution should stimulate the intellect and encourage its students to appreciate the life of the mind. My experience at Fillmore is replete with examples of Fillmore's success in this area. The faculty at FCS assisted my development as a lifelong learner by teaching and modeling excellence in their content areas. I have personally been involved in education as a student, teacher and coach for the past thirty-four years, and I am proud to testify that the mentorship, coaching and classroom instruction I received at Fillmore was some of the best in my career in academia. I have carried the benefits of that instruction into both vocational and avocational pursuits.
Mrs. Myers, Mrs. Barber and the math department will be pleased to know that, as an Athletic Director at First Assembly Christian School in Concord, NC, I utilized the Pythagorean Theorem to line our soccer field. Mr. Campana, Mr. Mullen and the English department will be encouraged that the students in my senior philosophy class at Wesleyan Christian Academy work diligently to acquire masterful vocabularies via WOTD (word of the day) exercises and prolific essay contests. Mr. Glossner, Mr. Whitowski and the Science department will appreciate that these essays encourage critical analysis and comparison of Intelligent Design Theory, Theistic Evolution, Naturalistic Darwinian Evolution, Punctuated Equilibrium and the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis. Mr. Nolan, Mr. Kelly and the social studies department will be honored that, in addition to their writings on human origins, my students are required to engage in cultural and worldview analysis. My students are required to ask, consider and contemplate fundamental worldview questions like: Who or what is man? Why are we here? Who or what is God? What is prime reality? What is the universal to which we attach particulars? and What is the nature of good and evil? I could prattle on and express my appreciation for Ms. Thiel’s cultivation of my aesthetic sense or Mr. Bielewicz and Mr. Mullen’s positive impact on my athletic development and competitive drive, but this would be a digression from even greater areas of Fillmore's influence on my life.
In addition to cultivating the life of my mind, Fillmore provided a crucible for teaching me the vital importance of relationships. Academic, financial, athletic and personal achievements are only meaningful if you have people in your life with whom you can share your accomplishments. This core value - the primacy of personal relationships - has resonated most powerfully in my life in athletics. At Fillmore, the athletic teams I was fortunate to participate on enjoyed a decent amount of success. The tennis team celebrated a winning streak of over seventy consecutive matches and won multiple sectional titles; and, our soccer team enjoyed winning many games and a sectional title to boot. These are accomplishments that, as a Fillmore alum, I am proud to say have become commonplace at FCS.
However, while winning athletic contests was rewarding, I remember relatively little about the details of the matches. I remember the friendships cultivated around the games we played - friendships stimulated by mentor-coaches like Jamie Mullen. Coach Mullen invested time, energy and love in his players; he encouraged them to become empathetic men of courage and moral integrity; he encouraged them to become thinking men; and, he modelled these characteristics in the classroom, on the athletic field, and on his back porch. I remember the discipline that was encouraged by Mr. Gillette, as he emphasized the importance of paying attention to detail and the cumulative weight of “small things done daily”. I remember the mutual "striving together" towards a common goal on Coach B’s tennis court and the friendships that materialized through competitive vocabulary wars on the tennis bus. Lastly, I remember the camaraderie and teacher-student-superintendent fellowship that materialized during two-on-two basketball games with Superintendent Hanks and Coach Mullen.
Upon reflection, one “on the field” anecdote stands out, which illustrates Fillmore’s commitment to the importance of family and the primacy of personal relationships. I distinctly remember an away varsity soccer match at Houghton Academy, in which Coach Scott Burt played Matt Reitnour (11th grade), Scott Reitnour (12th grade), and Brian Reitnour (7th grade) on the varsity pitch at the same time. Coach Burt surprised my Mom and the Reitnour family by elevating Brian from the modified (middle school) team for one game. Much to the delight of my Mom, Burt's purpose in doing so was to ensure that all three Reitnour boys played in the same match. Additionally, Coach Burt labored to capture the moment on film to commemorate the occasion. At the time, I did not understand the significance of Coach Burt's gesture, but today I understand the statement he was making about the importance of family and the primacy of relationships. This is a lesson I have relayed to the teams I coach.
The co-curricular and interpersonal nature of athletics at Fillmore helped me understand that the journey we are on together is the destination, and the relationships we build through scholastic and athletic endeavors are both primary and eternal. This journey never ends when you journey with people you love. Relationships matter and success can only be defined in the context of a loving relational crucible. We teach our teams at Wesleyan, the school where I presently teach and coach soccer, that success is found in enjoying the journey that we are on together. Success is not defined by the titles we win, our won-loss record or the score-line of the matches we play. We define success at Wesleyan the same way Mullen encourages his teams to define success at Fillmore. We are successful when we compete with courage, integrity and transcendent physical effort. Winning may be the point; but, working hard, serving others, honoring God and loving each other is our purpose - a lesson I remember from my athletic tenure at Fillmore.
Lastly, Joe Erhman, in his most-recent book, “Inside-Out Coaching” coined the term “wounded healers” to describe those of us who aren’t perfect, but have a desire to help others find purpose, meaning, value and self-worth. In other words, wounded healers heal as they help others heal. During my time at Fillmore, many of my teachers and coaches were “wounded healers”; imperfect teachers who were willing to be vulnerable, transparent and helpful – in the classroom, on the athletic field and on the back porch. Teachers and coaches simply cannot wait until they are perfect to impact the lives of their students. I am thankful for the impact Fillmore Central School had on my life, and for the teachers at FCS who actively encouraged their students to embrace the life of the mind, to engage in meaningful transcendent relationships and to live their lives in service to others. I am also thankful for the opportunity Fillmore gave to my Mom and family, and my children will be forever grateful that my wife, Carmen, is a fellow Eagle!