There’s so much more to coaching a football team than fitness, games and practices. Elbert Kern is a God-fearing man who not only coaches his team on the field, but coaches them through the challenges of life.
Photo courtesy of Elbert Kern
Elbert Kern (center), in his sixth year as assistant MBU football coach, stands with his sons, Zach Kern (left), sophomore sports management major, and Malik Kern (right), junior sports management major, who both play football at MBU.
Switching from field hockey to the cheer mat, Jennifer Marsh, MBU cheerleading assistant coach, discovered a new love that would bring her to her alma mater to lead the cheerleading squad she was once a member of. Along the way, Marsh discovered she’s also able to relate Christ to the sport and serve as an example to her athletes.
Jennifer Marsh, a Spartan cheerleader from 2009-13, was part of the first team to advance to the National Cheerleaders Association Nationals in MBU history. Marsh has served as assistant coach for nearly two years and is fulfilled by the growth she can foster on the mat and personally for the members of the squad. Photo by Madelyn Shotton
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*Our mission statement is: MBU Timeline is the student news network of Missouri Baptist University, a private Christian university that embraces the essential core value of “social change through service and leadership.”
*The Bible verse that drives our mission is 2 Timothy 2:15 (Worldwide English Version): “Tell the true message in the right way.”
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