“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Growing up on a horse farm, Nina was always outside running, jumping, climbing trees, or playing pretend. For some time, she wanted to be a jockey but by age eleven she had grown too tall. Positive that roller skating was going to become an Olympic sport, Nina set about practicing everyday by skating up and down the stable hall. She was always working to achieve the next goal and always challenging herself. Through all of this, volleyball remained a family activity. Her family would set up a net in the backyard and play friendly but competitive games. Nina learned to hit by watching her older sibling and she imitated everything they did. Nina even played with her right hand although she was actually left-handed. By setting goals for herself Nina kept improving and eventually became the first athlete from her high school to be awarded a full athletic scholarship to a Division I volleyball program. Academics have also been very important to Nina; evidenced by her collegiate success where she earned the award of an “All Academic Athlete” three years in a row.
Nina’s competitiveness lead her to the second round of the Olympic trials. Although she never achieved that ultimate goal, her sites were set on teaching and sharing her love and passion for the game. Now, seventeen years later, Nina’s teams have won four Regional Championships, three New York State Championships, and the club team she co-founded is still in operation today. Last season she assisted Coach Tiare Tuitama in securing first place in the Del Rey League and made it to the quarterfinals of CIF. In the three previous years, Nina has also elevated the High Point Academy Girls Volleyball program by leading them to a top three finish.
When asked what she thought about the opportunity to lead the Lady Minutemen, Coach Nina Vincent said, “I feel so blessed to be joining the Maranatha family. Maranatha encompasses a beautiful Christian community that enriches the lives of its incredible students. I am excited to share the passion and lessons I have learned throughout my life with the students I will have the good fortune of getting to know and coach.”
We are pleased to welcome Nina Vincent to the Maranatha family and are excited to see the growth that will occur under her leadership. She exudes joy and has a passion for both the game of volleyball and the impact it can have on the lives of student-athletes. Please join us in welcoming Nina to campus.
Below is the updated girls volleyball summer practice schedule.