Rod Light | November 16, 2017

The values of Warrior basketball coaches Tim Cook and Rich Salgado first impressed LPC Sports Information Director Brandon Kinard, and the strong relationships he found within the LPC community sealed the deal. 

By: Rod Light

Life Pacific Sports Information Director Brandon Kinard was hooked on LPC from his first experience on campus playing 3-on-3 basketball. He connected almost immediately with first assistant coach Rich Salgado and appreciated the values Coach Rich and head coach Tim Cook espoused for the future of Warrior basketball.

Brandon’s personal testimony as a Christian athlete has more to do with God’s leading in his life than it does with playing the game. “I became a college coach and have trained NCAA D-1 athletes, overseas professionals, and NBA players,” Brandon says. “Opportunities like those don’t usually happen to people with no playing experience, but God has blessed me and my family with open doors that normally would be closed.”

“I became a college coach and have trained NCAA D-1 athletes, overseas professionals, and NBA players,” Brandon says. “Opportunities like those don’t usually happen to people with no playing experience, but God has blessed me and my family with open doors that normally would be closed.”

After playing high school ball, Brandon immediately went to work developing other basketball players with high school varsity teams, travel ball, and youth basketball. He also worked as a residential counselor in a First Step Group Home and as an adult sports specialist for the City of Chino, Calif. where he was in charge of the adult basketball league, assisting with youth sports, and supervision of multiple sports at the city park.

Now, God has brought Brandon to Life Pacific to share his life and testimony with our student athletes. Months after that initial encounter with Coach Rich and Coach Tim on Mehl Court, Brandon was invited to join the coaching staff as men’s basketball second assistant coach, and to oversee sports information and game management for the fast-growing LPC athletics program.

For Brandon, college athletics is an avenue for developing other Christians not only as players but also as people. “I love the opportunity to mentor young men at such a pivotal age of their lives,” he says. “As a young married man who is visibly walking in Christ, I am able to show them something different than what the world portrays our generation to be.”

Married to Rishea and the father of 2-year old Elijah, Brandon has made it his mission to develop men of God that will be “strong, consistent husbands and fathers.” He believes the teen and early 20s are pivotal years for these young men and the influences of their lives can swing them in many different directions. Athletics, especially at a Christian institution like Life Pacific can be just the avenue for growth in Christ that they need.

Brandon enjoys being part of that process.

“I appreciate being surrounded by people who help mold each other to become better. The environment at Life Pacific is conducive to iron sharpening iron. The love of Jesus shines bright everyday within LPC athletics, so coming to work isn’t really work to me. It is more of a privilege.”

“I appreciate being surrounded by people who help mold each other to become better. The environment at Life Pacific is conducive to iron sharpening iron,” he says, and that’s just the way Brandon likes it. He likes working with coaches and staff who have a sense of humor, inside the office, in the gym, and on road trips. “It’s a wonderful escape from the world we live in,” he says. “The love of Jesus shines bright everyday within LPC athletics, so coming to work isn’t really work to me. It is more of a privilege.”

Additionally, Brandon says it is a great testimony to work with a diverse staff of different races, age groups, and genders - a team of leaders who are able to unite as one without any form of prejudice or discrimination.

“I am excited for the day when I see over 100 Christian student athletes walking around our campus. They will be prime examples that it is possible to walk with the Lord on game day, in the classroom, and every day of their lives.”

Warrior athletics is expanding with new programs and additional student athletes and Brandon believes the program has great promise for the future. He says every day something new is discussed, developed, or delivered and the progress motivates him.

“I am excited for the day when I see over 100 Christian student athletes walking around our campus,” Brandon adds. “They will be prime examples that it is possible to walk with the Lord on game day, in the classroom, and every day of their lives.”