Meet the Department

Athletic Director – Sammy Skinner Jr., CAA

SammySkinner2017Sammy Skinner, Jr. has joined Maranatha High School as the new Athletic Director. Blessed to have discovered his professional calling at an early age, Sammy brings more than twenty-seven years of experience to the role.

Prior to becoming an athletic director in 2008, Sammy had the privilege of coaching at both the high school and collegiate levels where he led teams to five state championships. He’s been fortunate to learn from amazing mentors while also being able to pay it forward, helping students achieve their dreams of earning college scholarships, playing professional sports, and competing in the Olympics. 

Sammy is an NIAAA Certified Athletic Administrator with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Montevallo. In addition to his time in athletics, he has held faculty positions in biological sciences. Sammy credits his classroom experience with instilling a belief in the value of both athletic and academic excellence. He is known for creating athletic environments that not only reflect the importance of excellence in all areas, but also bring parents, students, and faculty together to positively impact the community.

Sammy and his family recently relocated from Orlando, Florida to Southern California. This Alabama native never imagined his path would lead his family to California, but he says, “There is nothing that happens in life without God’s plan. The opportunity to join the Maranatha family is a blessing, and I look forward to working with our administration, teachers, parents, and students to continue building a legacy.”

Assistant Athletic Director – Eddie Arnett, M.C.A.A., ’96

Eddie Arnett ’96 has served as Maranatha’s Assistant Athletic Director since 2006. Known for his passion for MHS’s mission and his dedication to his alma mater, Arnett is responsible for the athletic department’s operations including inter­departmental and game coordination, facility management, transportation, and summer challenge camps.

In addition to administrative roles which included serving as the Assistant Director of Student Activities, Arnett also brings a perspective of a coach and teacher. Beginning in 1999 and totaling eight seasons, Arnett served the soccer and track programs in the roles of Head and Assistant Coach. Starting in 2004, Arnett held faculty positions in physical education and theology.

Credited for playing a major role in elevating the consistency of many aspects of the Minutemen athletic program, Arnett is grateful for the platform that athletics provides. Arnett reflected, “What’s most important about my role is it allows me to pursue my passion of ministering to students while being a positive example in their lives.”

Former Maranatha Athletic Director Brian DeHaan comments, “Eddie’s professional and personal approach to building community is beyond valuable. He has a unique ability to create and build long-­lasting relationships with students, student­-athletes, coaches, teachers, staff, families, and alumni. The Maranatha community is blessed to have him, and he is a wonderful example of the ‘glue’ that every great culture has.”

Arnett is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in physical education and Concordia University with a master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration.

Athletic Trainer – Kelly Wierema, M.A., A.T.C.

Since 2013, Kelly Wierema, M.A., A.T.C., has held the role of Athletic Trainer at Maranatha High School. Wierema is responsible for overseeing the physical well­-being of Minutemen student-­athletes and providing high-level care which includes injury prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Known for her expertise in the field of athletic training and her relational approach, former Athletic Director Brian DeHaan considers Wierema another invaluable member of the athletic department. “There is nothing more important than the health and well-­being of our students. I am thrilled to have a professional like Kelly on the team. Our entire athletic program benefits from her leadership on a daily basis,” said DeHaan.

The feeling is mutual. Wierema feels blessed to work at a place like MHS. She comments, “It’s unique to work at Maranatha because the kids maintain a healthy balance. On and off the field, Maranatha student­-athletes compete at a high level while displaying great character.”

Wierema’s athletic training profession has opened doors for her to travel the world using her gifts to positively impact others. During her career, the former collegiate volleyball player has provided health services to athletes in Germany and Australia in sports such as rugby and soccer. Domestically, Wierema has served at athletic competitions for U.S.A. Lacrosse and at California State University, Chico. Her experience spans across a wide range of sports from football, track and field, and men’s basketball, to cross country and women’s softball.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Wierema has been an active volunteer in her community. In 2014, Wierema led Maranatha students on a mission’s trip to New Orleans where her team built homes for families affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Anaheim Ducks, the Mount San Antonio College relays, Chapman University, and high schools across Orange County have also benefitted from Wierema’s giving heart.

The Northern California native holds a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Chapman University, and a master’s degree in kinesiology from California State University, Chico. Wierema also holds certifications from the National Athletics Trainers’ Association and the American Red Cross.