Prairie Welcomes New Athletic Director
In the fall of 2018, Prairie welcomed David Petroziello as the new Athletic Director and Director of the Sports Management Program. David has had many years of experience coaching and managing athletic teams, both in Canada and internationally. Growing up in a very sports-oriented family, he came to relish the “interconnectedness” and bonds of the sporting lifestyle, as well as the thrill of competition.
He was married to Seema in 2008 and is grateful for her support and willingness to welcome athletes and coaches into their home. They have three children and a well-traveled dog, and believe that God led them to Prairie where they have found a very warm welcome from the staff and faculty and continue to be inspired by the students they meet.
David believes in transformational coaching, focusing on the person first and the athlete second, and being willing to walk alongside his athletes, not only as a coach, but also in life generally: “There is an incredible opportunity here at Prairie,” he feels, “for us to grow our college in tangible ways using sport and recreation. Our athletics program is all about growing our enrolment and institutional reach in a manner that is consistent with the Mission and Vision of our school and in ways that glorify God through our actions and displays of character.”
Sports Management Program
As Director of the Sports Management Program, David envisions equipping students to work in leisure and recreation environments where they can make a positive impact, build bridges, and engage others in a positive and empowering way. “Sports and recreation,” he says, “offer great opportunities for ministry, especially with youth. The goal of our program here at Prairie is to help make sure there are capable Christian leaders trained in the relevant vocational skills to help meet the needs of the market.”
Graduates of the program will find an ever-expanding range of jobs with camps, community programs, chaplaincies, NGOs, and international development agencies and will also gain entrepreneurial skills that will equip them to start a business within the leisure industry.