CCC hires Nelson, Annis as head coaches

By Steve Sell
June 20, 2017

Central Christian College has announced the hiring of new head coaches for two sports, though one is actually returning for his second stint.

Jeremy Nelson is back coaching the Tiger tennis teams. He coached the Tigers during their most successful years from 2008 to 2014, including two national tournament appearances for the men’s team. He has been at Central for nearly 10 years, as he also serves as the college’s assistant athletic director and sports information director.

“I’m thrilled to have Jeremy back coaching at Central Christian College,” Central Athletic Director Twiggs Reed said. “Jeremy has a great passion for young people and has a natural gift as a coach. I’m excited that he will be using his talents once again to make a difference on the court as well as spiritually in the lives of the tennis team.”

“I am looking forward to being back on the court as the leader of the Tiger tennis program,” Nelson said. “I am most excited about using the gifts the Lord has given me to once again pour into the lives of young men and women both on and off the tennis court.”

Also new for the Tigers is Aaron Annis, who takes over as the Tigers’ head softball coach. Annis spent the past two years coaching at Moundridge, guiding the Wildcats to the Class 2A State Tournament last month. His wife, Ashlee, is the head cheerleading and dance coach at Central.

Annis is a 2013 graduate of Tabor College where he was a member of the Bluejay football team for two seasons. He spent two years as an assistant coach at Sterling College before becoming the head coach at Moundridge.

“Aaron brings experience at both the collegiate level and high school level of coaching,” Reed said. “We are thrilled to have him leading the women’s softball program and look forward to him building off of the young team that previous coach Mark Ritchhart had been developing.”

“I’m truly blessed to be a part of the Central Christian College family,” Annis said. “I’m excited to get the ball rolling this fall and to meet my new team and to work with (assistant) coach (Danny) Baker.  It’s been my dream to be a head softball coach at the college level and Central has given me that opportunity.”