Heaps hired to join Briarwood athletic department, baseball program – Shelby County Reporter
NORTH SHELBY – Briarwood Christian School has announced that Chris Heaps will join the school’s athletic department and baseball staff on August 1.
“Heaps will bring an exceptional skill set to the Briarwood baseball team as well as all of our athletic programs,” athletic director Jay Mathews said in a press release.
It’s a significant addition for the Lions as Heaps retires from Russellville High School after back-to-back Class 5A state championships. It’s just two titles in a storied career with multiple Championship and Coach of the Year awards.
“I prayed about this and when would be a good time for me to retire from the public sector and possibly pursue other opportunities in the private sector,” he said. “I actually thought it would all be a year from now because that’s when the timing seemed right to me. But things started to fall into place which made it clear that it wasn’t. would not be the case and that it was actually the best time to make this gesture. God does not always answer our prayers the way we think he will, but I trust and believe that his timing is always good.
Heaps said in conversations with Briarwood head coach Steve Renfroe that the two have become good friends. He said they both believed that God could create a desire and an opportunity for Heaps to join the Briarwood staff.
That, coupled with him and his wife, Michele, seeking to be closer to a new grandson, the move made sense.
“We became even more excited about this opportunity when we saw Coach Heaps’ heart and the unique skills that make him a great fixture at Briarwood,” Sporting Director Jay Mathews said in a press release. “He is committed to the weight room, believes in many athletic athletes, and knows that the main purpose of training is ministry. He is a tireless worker and very humble in his desire to help others.
Heaps will be an Athletics Administrator with the title of Director of Athletics Operations and Development.
He will be involved in a number of projects, including the continued growth of our strength and conditioning programs, much-needed logistical support for current sports teams, as well as future planning for all athletics programs and facilities in the part of the board-approved funds for the campus.
He joins a team under Renfroe that includes former MLB pitcher Matt Guerrier, Jake Morris, Lance Coggins and Scott Ridley.
“Great things are happening at BCS and I am truly excited about all of the coaches I work with on a daily basis. Please start praying for the Heaps family in this transition,” Mathews said. “They will need support and guidance to come to a new city and community. We are also always evaluating all aspects of Briarwood baseball and plan to communicate any other significant changes by the end of August.
Heaps is coming to Birmingham with his wife, Michele, their eldest son Braxton and their twins who will be enrolling at Briarwood for their final year.
“As I read the great outpouring of love for Coach Heaps from the Russellville community on social media last week, I am confident we will benefit from his expertise and ministry,” Mathews said.