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Women's Basketball Coach

Natalie Wilkinson has been named head coach for the women’s basketball team. Coach “Nat” is no stranger to the Clearwater area having attended Skycrest Christian School and Clearwater High School (1997-2001). At Clearwater High, Natalie was a four year varsity player and was named most improved player of the team in 2001. After high school graduation, she accepted a basketball scholarship to Southern Wesleyan University where she majored in elementary education. She played four years of basketball as the starting point guard for SWU and won defensive player of the year award her senior year. After college basketball, she remained at SWU for a final year and served as an assistant coach under Chris Williams. It was during this time that Natalie had her first experience in sport ministry by travelling with the SWU basketball team to the Czech Republic.

Before stepping into the head coaching world, Coach “Nat” continued her playing career with Athletes in Action, traveling to Africa and India playing basketball as a platform to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Since returning to the States, she has coached in South Carolina at Oconee Christian Academy for four years, Seneca High School for a year and Walhalla High School for the past two years. She was named Coach of the Year in 2008 and has a current coaching record of 96-58.

Athletic Director Vickie Denny is excited to add Natalie to the CCC coaching staff. Dr. Denny remarks, “I have a passion to see women coaching women and Natalie Wilkinson is bringing a great dimension to our women’s team here at Clearwater. She is an intense, knowledgeable coach who knows how to get the most out of her players. She runs an efficient and effective program, and it is obvious she loves the Lord and wants to serve Him through the sport of basketball. This is a winning combination for our Lady Cougars Basketball Team.

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Playing basketball at Clearwater has been an amazing opportunity, because I have made so many great memories and great friends by being on the team. God has blessed me by being a part of the women's basketball team, because I get to be involved with a great group of girls that strive to honor and glorify God above all else. Playing basketball is so much fun, but it is also a great way to grow closer to God. The team has devotions every day before practice, and we all get to share with each other what God is doing in our lives. Whether we win or lose, the praise goes to God, and ultimately that is all that matters.