Introducing Leigh Nowicki & Roland “Butch” DeRenzo
By: Peggy PaulsonDate: Jul 30, 2019 Tags: Athletics, School News
Are you making plans to attend PCA’s inaugural Athletic Gala that takes place on Monday, August 19, 2019? The Plymouth Christian Academy Athletic Booster Board is thrilled to introduce this brand new event that will allow us to celebrate the student-athletes from the past school year as well as honor former athletes, coaches, and athletic directors whose contributions brought us to this point. Four of these former individuals will be inducted into the “Forever an Eagle Hall of Fame“. We recognize that PCA’s athletic program has grown to its current level because of the work, dedication, and accomplishments of those who have come before and we are eager to honor these individuals.
The following four individuals are the inaugural group to be inducted into the “Forever an Eagle-Hall of Fame”:
- Rod Windle
- Leigh Nowicki
- Steve Bauslaugh
- Roland “Butch” DeRenzo
Last week, we highlighted Rod Windle and Steve Bauslaugh. This week, we want to introduce you to Leigh Nowicki and Roland “Butch” DeRenzo.
Leigh Nowicki was the 1st female All-State Athlete in PCA history. During the years of 1992 and 1993, Leigh was a member of the varsity Track & Field Team, taking part in the following events: the 100m dash, 200m dash, 100m hurdles, 200m hurdles, and long jump. She is the current track record holder for the 100m dash (1992) and the 100m hurdles (1993). Leigh was voted MIAC’s “Most Valuable Player” for track in 1993. She earned the MIAC 1st Team All-Conference award seven times.
In addition to her strong performance in Track & Field, Leigh earned two varsity letters in varsity Cheerleading in 1992 and 1993. She was also a member of the junior varsity Basketball Team in 1992.
Roland “Butch” DeRenzo
Roland DeRenzo was instrumental in laying the foundation for both education and athletics at Plymouth Christian, from August 1978 to May 2000. The following are the many ways that he served:
- Coach/Athletic Director/History Teacher/Guidance Counselor 1978 – 1984
- H.S. Principal/Associate Pastor/College & Career S.S. Teacher
- Superintendent 1985 – 2000
- Executive Pastor of CBC 1986 – 1994
- Senior Pastor of CBC 1994 – 2000
Roland coached Varsity Boys Baseball for several years and he was instrumental in getting PCA into the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference. Roland led the charge to obtain PCA’s first school accreditation, obtained through the University of Michigan in 1984.
The Athletic Gala takes place on Monday, August 19, 6pm at the Italian American Club in Livonia. The Eagle Classic takes place the following day, Tuesday, August 20 at Fox Hills in Plymouth. Have you purchased your tickets yet to attend either or both of them? Your support for these events helps to keep our PCA Eagle Athletes going strong for years to come! Click HERE to learn more and purchase your tickets! Registration deadline is August 5 for the Gala and August 6 for the Eagle Classic.