After four years at the helm of the Patriots, Spain has stepped down from the post in order to do missionary work with his wife across the continent of Africa. The Spains will be based in Springfield, Mo.

They head overseas Wednesday, Aug. 11, shortly after the big, annual men's softball tournament at VFCC this weekend which featured 35 teams.

Spain has been working with new athletic director Jon Mack in order to have a smooth transition in the athletic program. They have worked together since the official changeover July 1.

"The softball tournament is my last event," Spain said. "I am teaching Jon the ropes and then I am out of here."

Religious convictions have been the central theme for students, teachers, coaches and administrators at VFCC. Spain has maintained that philosophy during his athletic director tenure before now entering the missionary field in African Bible schools.

"It will be a change of pace," Spain said. "I will miss Phoenixville and the college."

Asked about transactions at the college during his tenure, Spain said one big thing was the implementation of the women's varsity soccer program.

Along with that has been the development of the Patriot Club, which is a booster club of alumni.

"The goal is to promote the college on and off the campus with the endeavors we do," Spain said. "We have become a little bit better known in our relationship with the community."

The summer basketball league, he said, has aided in that regard.

VFCC still deals with its basis of student commitment to faith, academics and athletics. It is a small school in the National Christian College Athletic Conference (NCCAC), but its enrollment has risen to 845 students.

Plans are in the works for improvements in facilities, such as a baseball field.

"We are preparing students to go on and get an education," Spain said. "We do not have scholarship athletes. They play for the love of the sport."

Traveling beyond the borders of the United States is not brand new for Spain.

"I have been a traveler quite a bit overseas," Spain said. "There are places I have been before and some new things as well."

(Editor's note: In Monday's edition of The Phoenix we will introduce you to VFCC's new Athletic Director Jon Mack)

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