“A Christian athlete is more than just a competitor on the field or court. A Christian athlete is a servant of Christ who desires to use his/her gifts and talents to glorify the Lord. Athletics are not just about wins and losses; they are about instilling godly character through perseverance, hard work, dedication, and servanthood. I am so excited about the things the Lord is going to do through our girls’ volleyball and basketball programs!” -Coach Kristy Ballenger
While in high school, Mrs. Ballenger played volleyball, basketball, and slowpitch softball, including being a member of the varsity basketball team as a freshman. She began receiving college recruiting letters as a sophomore in high school, but these slowly faded after a seasonending ACL injury at the end of her junior year. However, the Lord reopened doors for her, and in May of 1993, she signed a national letter of intent with Texas Tech University to join their women’s basketball team. After her freshman year, the Lord moved her out of athletics, but she was still able to continue her education at Texas Tech University.
She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Education. Mrs. Ballenger also began her coaching career during this time period, coaching girls’ volleyball, basketball, and track
In August of 2008, she received her Master’s degree in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University.
In late July of 2015, God opened the door for her to come to Eagle Point Christian Academy. During that first year, He began leading her back to coaching.
Here at EPCA, she is the head girl’s volleyball and basketball coach, and she teaches high school & middle school English while developing the yearbook.
She and her husband Mark have 2 sons who also attend EPCA.