Brad Voight contacted Stephen Dale several months ago to find out more information about the Christian Life Academy boys basketball team. Voight even saw the Crusaders play.
Dale returned the favor last week. He contacted Voight, who had finished his second season at Silliman Institute, to inform him the CLA job would be open.
From there, Voight and CLA officials did the rest. Now the 27-year-old Voight is set to succeed Dale as Christian Life’s boys coach.
“I originally contacted coach Dale to see if there might be an opening for an assistant coach down the line,” Voight said. “We developed a relationship from there, and once our season was over I got to see Christian Life play a few times.
“The school has a basketball tradition, and you can see the foundation is in place. I’m looking forward to this opportunity.”
Voight takes over for Dale, who was hired as the boys basketball coach at St. Paul’s on Tuesday. Dale spent three seasons at CLA and coached the Crusaders to a 24-9 record in 2015-16. Christian Life lost to district rival Dunham in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs.
Voight’s Silliman team also made an impressive playoff run. The Wildcats finished 18-5 and lost in the quarterfinal round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class 3A South State tournament.
In two seasons, Voight compiled a 29-18 record. The year before he took over, Clinton-based Silliman won just three games.
Voight played one year at Eastern Arizona Junior College and one year at Texas-based Grayson County College before one-year stints as a student assistant at the Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia-based Bluefield State.
The next step in Voight’s latest move will be meeting the CLA players.
“I’ve talked to an assistant coach and to coach Dale, so I know who is coming back and who’s graduating,” Voight said. “The students were on spring break last week and I look forward to meeting them. That’s where we’ll start.”