Chula Vista, CA, May 19, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Victory Christian Academy today announced the hiring of D.J. Gay as head coach of its varsity boys basketball team. Gay was a four-year starting point guard for the San Diego State Aztecs under Coach Steve Fisher from 2007-2011, where he was a team captain, a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award (for the nation’s best college point guard) and remains the school’s leader in all-time wins and games played. Gay played professionally in Europe in 2012 and 2013 before returning to San Diego and beginning a career in basketball coaching and skills training.
Victory Christian Academy was established this year through the merger of Lutheran High School of San Diego and Pilgrim Lutheran School (grades Pre-8). Victory has begun development of a new 8.5-acre campus in Chula Vista (two miles east of the 805 freeway on H Street) that will be home to its church and a school for ages preschool through 12th grade. As Lutheran High School, which was founded in 1975, the school’s boys basketball team has won the past four Sunset League titles (2014-2017) and was San Diego’s 2015 CIF Division 5 Champion.
“As Victory Christian Academy, the school’s name may be new but its basketball program has a long history of producing excellent teams and fine young men,” said Gay. “I am excited not only to build on that success, but also to share what I have learned about representing a school with honor and integrity, both on and off the court. I want to make Victory Christian Academy a household name in San Diego.”
After graduating from San Diego State University, Gay played professionally in Italy, Slovenia and Ukraine. He then returned to San Diego where he founded and coached the San Diego Bulldogs youth basketball club and was the head coach for varsity girls basketball at San Diego Jewish Academy.
“D.J.’s resume as a basketball player goes without question, but we were even more impressed by his passion for sharing his knowledge and teaching the game to young players,” said Scott Dufresne, executive director of Victory Christian Academy. “Next season will be our first official season playing as Victory Christian Academy and we are confident that D.J. is the right guy to introduce that name to the San Diego basketball community.”
About Victory Christian Academy
Victory Christian Academy was founded in 2016 via the merger of Lutheran High School of San Diego and Pilgrim Lutheran School (preschool – eighth grade). Building on more than 40 years of history at each, Victory is a faith-based private school that takes pride in its academic excellence, affordability and personalized education for children in preschool through twelfth grade. Victory focuses on the holistic development of its students’ intellect, character and spirituality. Victory’s 2016/17 eighth graders averaged college-level scores (grade level 13+) in English/Language Arts, Math and Complete Composite categories. Meanwhile, high school seniors earned SAT scores more than 16 percent above state and national averages. A small investment in a bright future, Victory’s tuition is approximately half the average private-school tuition in California, and financial aid is available. The school is a ministry of Victory Church. For more information on the school and church, visit www.victorysouthbay.org.