Athletics Staff

Fall Sports

Greg Hart – ghart@heritage-schools.org
High School Boys’ Cross Country

Scott Hurst – shurst@heritage-schools.org
High School Boys’ Football

Stacey Sturzenacker – stacey.cheer@gmail.com
High School Girls’ Cheerleading

Greg Hart – ghart@heritage-schools.org
High School Girls’ Cross Country

Josh Augur – jaugur@heritage-schools.org
High School Girls’ Volleyball

Carianne Long – clong@heritage-schools.org
Middle School Cheerleading

Brittany Espinoza – bespinoza@heritage-schools.org
Middle School Girls’ Basketball

Winter Sports

Paul Tait – ptait@heritage-schools.org
High School Boys’ Basketball

Laura Garcia-Murillo – garciamurillo@sbcglobal.net
High School Boys’ Soccer

Brittany Espinoza – brittany.espinoza11@gmail.com
High School Girls’ Basketball

Laura Garcia-Murillo – garciamurillo@sbcglobal.net
High School Girls’ Soccer

Todd Wilson – corehoopscoach@gmail.com
Middle School Boys’ Basketball

Steve Romas – mromas1028@aol.com
Middle School Girls’ Soccer

Devina Halpert – dhalpert@heritage-schools.org
Middle School Girls’ Softball

Spring Sports

David Kaczor – dkatbat@yahoo.com
High School Boys’ Baseball

Ron Tait – rdpk4t8s@msn.com
High School Boys’ Golf

Josh Augur – jaugur@heritage-schools.org
High School Boys’ Volleyball

Devina Halpert – dhalpert@heritage-schools.org
High School Girls’ Softball

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High School Girls’ Swimming

Terry Johnson – tjohnson@heritage-schools.org
High School Track

Kyle Payne – kypayne@heritage-schools.org
Middle School Boys’ Baseball

Laura Garcia-Murillo – garciamurillo@sbcglobal.net
Middle School Boys’ Soccer

Rebecca Kendrick – rkendrick@heritage-schools.org
Middle School Girls’ Volleyball

Taylor Gavin – tgavin@heritage-schools.org
Middle School Track

Jay Tippet

High School Athletic Director

Rebecca Kendrick

Middle School Athletic Director

Rebecca was a lifer at Hillcrest Christian School and returned in the spring of 2009 as the Middle School Girls’ Volleyball Head Coach. In the fall of 2010, Rebecca joined the HCS staff full-time as she became the Athletic Director of Kindergarten-8th grade sports. Since then, the elementary participation in Jr. Basketball and Jr. Soccer has more than doubled and been an overall success. The middle school program has grown from 7 teams to 17. Under her leadership as Head Girls’ Volleyball Coach, the girls competed in the league championships in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015. The first year of Heritage Christian School, a record of 74 girls tried out for the sport and an additional team was added under her direction. At the end of the 2015 season, Rebecca stepped away from volleyball to focus all of her efforts on the Athletic Department, and other campus responsibilities.

In 2014, Rebecca made the commitment to further her education and better HCS Athletics by becoming a full-time student. In 2015, she completed her Master of Science in Sport Management with an emphasis in Sport Administration.

Julie Leverston

Middle School Athletic Secretary

Excited at the opportunity, Julie began working at Heritage Christian School in the fall of 2012 as the Athletic Secretary for Kindergarten-8th grade sports. Her organization, energy, and creativity have contributed greatly to the department. In 2013, she joined the coaching staff as she lead the Middle School Girls’ Cheerleading B team. Her oldest son graduated from Hillcrest, and her second son is currently an elementary student at HCS.

Brittany Espinoza

Middle School & High School Girls' Basketball – bespinoza@heritage-schools.org

Brittany played four years of varsity basketball at Hillcrest Christian School, and was 2nd Team All League as a Freshman and 1st Team All League her Sophomore through Senior years. She holds the career and single season record for 3 pointers. As the assistant varsity coach for one season at Hillcrest (2011-12) and one season at Heritage (2012-13), her team went on to be undefeated league champions. Brittany also won a championship title for the middle school girls’ basketball team in 2012, and 2014.

Laura Garcia

Middle School & High School Boys' Soccer – garciamurillo@sbcglobal.net

Taylor Gavin

Middle School Track and Field – tgavin@heritage-schools.org

Taylor participated in cross country, basketball, and track at Orange Lutheran High School (OLHS). In cross country, they won the school’s first boys’ CIF championship in ’96, and he was the league champ and MVP in ’97, and ’98. In track, Taylor qualified for the state championship in the mile in ’96. Basketball was (and is) his favorite sport to play, and as the OLHS point guard, their team was league champs in ’99 and 2000, and lost the CIF championship game in 2000.

Coach Gavin got his B.S. in Kinesiology from Cal Poly, then his teaching credential from Concordia University in Irvine. Before joining Heritage in 2013, he taught and coached for 7 years. Outside of his love for teaching and coaching, Taylor enjoys going camping with his wife Courtney and surfing as much as possible.

Devina Halpert

Middle School & High School Girls' Softball – dhalpert@heritage-schools.org

Devina, former Assistant coach at Faith Baptist High School for four season, joined Heritage Christian staff as head coach for Varsity Softball in July 2012.

Coach Devina was a four-year starter at the University of Utah (2003-2008), playing third base, second base, catcher and outfield. After graduation she continued to work with the University of Utah Softball staff as a fifth year assistant. In 2004 Devina was one of two MWC freshman named to an all-conference team. Also, three times honored as the MWC Player of the Week (2/10, 4/6, 4/13). All while being able to continue her work with the student athletes on the field. She also played shortstop and catcher overseas in Spain for the CBS Anthorcha’s in 2009.

Devina graduated in 2008 from the University of Utah with a bachelor of science in parks, recreation and tourism with an emphasis in sports management. In high school she earned first-team all-league honors in 2003, all-California Interscholastic Federation and all-league first team in 2002. Her team won the Division VI championship that year, in 2001, was voted league MVP, while earning first-team all-league and first-team all-CIF honors, first-team all-league and all-CIF from 2000-2003.

In the 2013-2014 school year, Devina took over the middle school softball team which went on to win the championship against her former school, Faith Baptist. “I believe my experience as a player and coach will make me a helpful addition to the Heritage Christian Softball Program.”

Greg Hart

High School Cross Country – ghart@heritage-schools.org

Coach Hart is entering his 20th year as head coach of our cross country program, having started as an assistant at LA Baptist in 1984. He has successfully guided the boys and girls’ teams and individuals to the State Championship meet in multiple years. He earned his BA degree from Seattle Pacific University and his Teaching Credential and Masters degree from CSULA. Coach Hart and Carol his wife of 34 years have two daughters, Michelle and Katie, both LAB graduates. He has a passion for coaching and running. During the past three years Coach Hart has run the Boston, L.A., and Pasadena Marathons. This summer he completed his second 50k (31.1 miles) ultra marathon.

The team verse for Heritage Cross Country is “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2

Scott Hurst

High School Football – shurst@heritage-schools.org

Scott began his coaching career in 2001 at Village Christian School as the Junior Varsity Defensive Coordinator. The previous year, the JV team finished the season with a losing record of 1-9. As Scott joined the coaching staff, the JV team nearly went undefeated finishing the season 9-1. Three years later, those same JV players went on to become CIF Champions. Coach Hurst continued coaching at Village Christian on the varsity staff until 2003.

After taking 2 years off, he returned to Village Christian in 2006 as the Varsity Defensive Coordinator. In 2010, after helping rebuild the program, Scott helped the team make a run for the title losing in the semi-finals by 1 point in overtime. The following year, Coach Hurst made his head coaching debut at Ontario Christian School. The once proud program was on the decline finishing the previous season 4-6 without making the play-offs. In his first year at the helm, Coach Hurst was able to lead the team to an undefeated league title. This was Ontario’s first league championship in almost 5 years. The team went on to the second round of playoff’s finishing the season 8-3-1 and losing to a tough, State Champion opponent. Seven Ontario Christian players were named to the All-Division Team.

For his efforts, Coach Hurst was named Ambassador League Coach of the Year. In 2013, Scott moved on to the Big-8 as the Special Teams Coordinator for Corona High School. After much prayer and contemplation, God paved the way for Coach Hurst and his family to come to Heritage Christian School. Scott brings a passion for football, the school, his players, and the Lord. He is looking forward to working with students to build an attitude of determination and pride.

Coach Hurst and his wife Kasey have been married for nearly 21 years. They are blessed with three wonderful children. Kimiko is a sophomore at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Thomas is an freshmen, and Wyatt is in eighth grade (both at Heritage Christian). The entire family is excited to be a part of the Heritage Christian family and is looking forward to a successful 2015 season.

Terry Johnson

High School Track & Field – tjohnson@heritage-schools.org

Jennifer Keith

High School Girls' Tennis – jkeith@heritage-schools.org

Jennifer played four years of high school varsity tennis. She qualified for state her senior year and competed at the Championship level in USTA tournaments. She went on to gain a scholarship to play for The Master’s College. Jennifer spent the 2014 season coaching at West Ranch High School in Santa Clarita, going undefeated with the JV Boys team.

Carianne Long

Middle School Cheerleading – clong@heritage-schools.org

In addition to teaching first grade, Carianne Long has been coaching middle school cheer for 13 years. Her goal for the program is to train and develop the middle school cheer team spiritually, mentally, and physically. As a former athlete herself, Carianne wants to redefine the typical understanding of cheer. “Cheer is a sport. These girls need to train, condition, and sweat just like any other athlete.”

Carianne has participated in the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s 5 Star Coaches Program and is certified in Safety Stunt Progressions. Every summer, the middle school cheer team attends a cheer camp put on by the Universal Cheerleader’s Association. For the past 3 years, the Heritage Middle School Cheer team has competed and placed first and second in cheer and dance at the high school level.

Stacey Sturzenacker

High School Athletic Secretary & High School Cheerleading – stacey.cheer@gmail.com

Stacey has been coaching high school cheerleading since 2007. She graduated from L.A. Baptist in 2005 after being a Varsity Cheer member for two years and team captain her senior year. Stacey went on to attend California State University of Northridge and received her BA in Child Development with an emphasis in Nutrition and Dietetics. Along with coaching cheerleading, Stacey works at the Church at Rocky Peak in their Kids and College Ministries. She loves working with youth of all ages. Stacey is really looking forward to another amazing season with the HCS Cheer Squad.

Paul Tait

High School Boys' Basketball – ptait@heritage-schools.org

Paul joined our Heritage family in the spring of 2014. He has coached in the San Fernando Valley for over twelve seasons. He graduated from California State University of Northridge with a degree in kinesiology, and holds a Masters in Education from Springfield College (Ma.).

Paul has previously been a part of the coaching staff at Village Christian School (2000-2004), Campbell Hall (2004-2009), Taft High School (2009-2011), and Springfield College (2011-2013). During his last eight high school seasons prior to college coaching, he was a part of five nationally ranked high school teams with a 224-29 record at the varsity level. This included 3 California State titles, 4 regional titles, and 7 conference titles. While at the college level, his team competed in the conference championships two seasons in a row and made the NCAA tournament. He has coached over 30 Division 1 players, the Gatorade National Player of the Year, five NBA players, a NCAA National Champion, an NBA World Champion and an NBA All Star.