Scott Skeans is stepping down as boys basketball coach after six seasons to focus on his duties as athletic director, Victory Christian Secondary Principal Mark Thomas announced Friday.
“He’s going to be a full-time athletic director,” Thomas said. “We’re just growing so fast and we’re going to add more sports. He’s done a great job with the basketball team.”
Skeans, 44, went to Victory from Sonrise Christian where he was principal and also coached basketball. At Victory, he was mainly a basketball coach and athletic director, although he also filled in as baseball coach for two seasons, including last spring. He led the Victory boys basketball team to a pair of district titles in 2010 and 2011 and a district runner-up finish this past season. At Sonrise, he led the basketball team to a pair of district titles, too.
“It’s time to make the transition,” Skeans said. “It’s going to be a lot different (not coaching). I still have the fire to coach. It’s going to be weird.”
Thomas said the school had a strong girls soccer team in the middle school program, and it’s one of the sports the school is looking to add at the high school level. With no facilities on campus for outdoor sports like baseball, softball and football, making arrangements to find places to play is time consuming.
“When I was at Lakeland, we had no facilities on campus and (former athletic director) Sid Kimbrell spent a lot of time working with the city to access the facilities,” Thomas said.
Last year, the Victory Christian softball team played in Plant City, and the baseball and football teams played at Southeastern.
Thomas said that Victory Christian has grown from 400 students in K-12 to 470 students. The school wants to build the middle school sports program along with building on-campus fields. They recently purchased land behind the school with the plan to eventually build fields there at least for baseball and softball.
Victory expects to name a new boys basketball coach next week.