Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy has named Bryan Fetzer the new Executive Director of Athletics, effective 7/1/21.
Fetzer brings unparalleled experience to this role. His impressive record of directing high caliber collegiate athletic programs to win championships, drive growth, and achieve success, along with his strong desire to impact students and coaches in a Christian environment, make him a perfect fit for CHCA.
Commenting on his appointment, Fetzer shared, “I’m excited to tackle the challenges of leading and building on the current successes of the Athletic Department at CHCA. It’s our responsibility to be incredible ambassadors for CHCA and Christ. We will be committed to excellence in every aspect: from facilities enhancements and assisting in coaches’ education and development, to implementing a comprehensive sport development program, and raising the awareness of CHCA in the city, state, and nation.”
CHCA's incoming Head of School Dr. Dean Nicholas shared, “Bryan Fetzer has coached and led athletic programs at the highest levels, and he has brought out the excellence in his athletes and developed higher levels of excellence and success in his programs. He is a strong leader with a large vision of what athletics could be in an independent Christian school like CHCA. And his deep faith and belief in our mission makes him the perfect person to take us to the next level of CHCA Athletics.”
A search committee comprised of Board members, administration, coaches, and parents executed an urgent yet extremely thorough search for our school’s new Executive Director of Athletics. They found strong interest from a robust candidate pool, which enabled them to act quickly and with great confidence.
This search comes on the heels of a comprehensive restructuring of CHCA’s Athletic Department which was recently completed. One critical output of this work was identifying the need for an Executive Director who will oversee the program more holistically, focusing on carrying forth CHCA’s culture of athletic excellence and integrity, while elevating the exposure of athletics at CHCA and advancing the school’s mission.
Fetzer’s twenty-five years of experience with all components of education, sport, and leadership at the NCAA’s highest level of academic institutions (Harvard, Virginia, California-Berkeley) and professional organizations provide an outstanding foundation for this new role. He brings extensive experience developing organization structures that held student-athletes, coaches, and support staff accountable and empowered individuals to take on leadership roles. His unique style of leadership has fueled athletes to become National Champions, All- Americans, and Olympians and has elevated programs to be some of the top in the nation. Additionally, in his professional career, he has helped fundraise over $10 million for facilities and scholarships, managed a multi-million-dollar budget, directed and organized nine NCAA or Autonomy Five championships (ACC, SEC PAC-10), hired various staff positions, worked with major media and broadcast partners in both television/radio (ESPN, ACC Network), as well as consulted on facility improvement and construction both domestically and internationally. His strategic initiatives incorporated a communal approach into the coaching and administrative model, covering all aspects of programming with nutrition, mentoring, sports medicine, sports psychology, career and job placement, strength & conditioning, and data analytics.
In 2019, Fetzer was led to step away from his career at the university level, during the height of his career, feeling he needed to spend quality time with his parents and family. Of that decision, he shared, “I’d been obsessed with worldly success for twenty-five years and neglected those around me with no life balance. Valuable life lessons learned about family, priorities, and balance are now understood and fuel the next chapter in my life.
The last sixteen months away from the university system helped me understand my true passion for advancing leadership and creating opportunities to educate and develop it. It fuels my desire to move back into the education realm to help mentor coaches, administrators, students, and staff members, by passing along my life lessons to them.”
Fetzer shares that creating an environment which fosters excellence, with everyone understanding their responsibility then taking accountability for it, is critical in his success as a leader.
“The goal will always be leaving the situation better than it was when you began. We will function under these simple biblically based principles:
1 - Treat others the way you want to be treated (Respect)
2 - Get better every day in every way (Development/Improvement)
3 - Realize it only matters who matters (Mental Health)
4 - Be grateful for everything because you are entitled to nothing (Attitude)”
When sharing how his faith will fuel this role, “It's about the walk more than the words. Your actions might be the only chance someone has to see God's love. How are you going to present it? You don't have to do anything spectacular, just show His love in practical ways.”
Fetzer says he feels very blessed for the opportunity to come home (he is a graduate of Lakota High School) and be closer to family, and CHCA is thrilled for the opportunity to welcome him to Eagle Nation!
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