Rob Hangen

Coach – Bobcat Soccer

Mr. Rob Hangen is our Bobcat Soccer Coach. He’s coached our team continuously since 2003. He holds an “E” coaching license from US Soccer and he’s also a level 8 soccer referee and referee assignor. Since he began coaching our team, the Bay City Bobcats have won 5 WACS State Championships and placed second, 5 times, making 12 consecutive appearances. Under his leadership, the Bobcats have also received numerous individual and team honors, but he believes one the biggest achievements of our team has been its testimony in our community. Mr. Hangen has had several referees tell him how much they appreciate that our athletes are competitive without being malicious, and they enjoy refereeing our games. He believes that having a good reputation is much more important than wins. One year, an older referee, although semi-retired, took two matches at Bay City just so he could say hello and be assured of a safe environment.

Being the Bobcats Soccer coach is by far the most rewarding volunteer effort he’s embarked on. It provides a way of relating with youth that many parents or pastors simply don’t have – largely due to the intensity of the season, physical training and travel time. Mr. Hangen really likes to stress servant leadership with his athletes. He enjoys developing the younger players, and teaching them that all we can control is our efforts. The outcome is outside of our control, and we can learn equally well from losing and winning. He often turns to Philippians 2 in dealing with attitudes of service and like-mindedness; and he holds up Ephesians 6 to help his athletes understand authority and the armor of God. He believes athletes can learn a lot of life lessons playing sports as well, like dedication to a goal. Mr. Hangen strives to teach his athletes how to keep working when many quit and to do the work when no one is watching.

Mr. Hangen has been married for close to 30 years and has two generations of kids — two in their twenties and two in middle and elementary school. He works at Warehouse Specialist Inc. as the Controller/Operations Director. He enjoys camping, hiking, hunting, and, of course, the Packers. He also loves watching a good bike race and doing some “recreational” cycling.

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.

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