Coach – Bobcat Basketball
Mr. Tom Abts is the Bay City Bobcats basketball coach. He has 15 years of coaching experience, with one Class B State title. He’s always had a manager’s spirit, and when there was an opportunity to coach at Bay City, where his children attend school, he jumped at the opportunity.
Having been a designer, supervisor, plant manager, and now a business owner, he’s had many obstacles to overcome. He enjoys teaching his athletes that the way to overcome obstacles is mainly the denial of self and the pursuit of excellence based on abilities and expectations. He uses several Bible concepts to encourage and motivate his athletes to strive toward excellence, but one of his favorites is Galatians 6:7: “You reap what you sow.” In other words, if you want to get better, you must practice, practice, practice.
Playing sports is about teamwork, but it’s also about instilling a good work ethic, values, and expectations. When basketball season ends, Mr. Abts wants many of those character skills his athletes learn in sports to carry through into their academics, their spiritual life, and anything of value that they set their minds to accomplish.
Mr. Abts owns a business that provides maintenance on foreclosed homes. He also works as a Pre-Loader for UPS. He’s been married for more than 20 years to his beautiful wife, Bobbi Jo. They have four children — now teens or young adults. All of their children are attending or have graduated from Bay City Christian School.
Mr. Abts has a wide range of hobbies. He enjoys wakeboarding, fishing, hiking, camping, and going on missions trips, but what he enjoys most, is going door to door giving out the Gospel to those in our community.
The purpose of the Bobcat athletic program is to further our mission of growing students toward spiritual maturity. I Timothy 4:12 reveals that there is value in physical exercise, but that it is temporal to this life. The superior pursuit is that of godliness which is eternal. God expects believers to do all things “heartily as to the Lord” and “to the glory of God (Colossians 3:23-24, I Corinthians 10:31.) These verses instruct us that any endeavor in which we are involved must be done with all of our mind and body for it is considered service to God.
Our desire is to present athletic teams that work hard in every practice and game, train for endurance and skill, and learn the strategy of the game in an effort to win every contest. Win or lose, our student-athletes must demonstrate Christlikeness, develop Biblical character qualities, and display Godliness before, during, and after every competition.