Episode 79: Pensacola State College Basketball Coach Sagar Kapoor

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North Carolina native Sagar Kapoor spent most of his time in middle and high school focusing on his athletic career. As much as he loved tossing around a baseball and playing pick up games of basketball he often felt defeated. He deeply struggled with his self-confidence and carried a heavy emptiness in his heart.

Your own story might sound similar to Sagar’s. Have you ever walked through a season where you wanted to give up? Maybe you have tossed aside a dream or even isolated yourself believing you are a failure. My hope is not to minimize what you are feeling, but instead remind you that you are never alone.

Everything changed in Sagar’s life when a friend took time to share the hope of Jesus with Him. In the middle of the darkness he experienced the true love and light of the Savior and he knew he would never be the same!

Today, Sagar devotes his life to serving Jesus Christ and coaching young men to be the best they can be on and off the court.

Coach Kap kicked off his career as a student manager for East Carolina University’s Men’s Basketball Team. Upon graduation at ECU he served as a graduate assistant and as Director of Basketball Operations with Gardner-Webb, while earning his master’s degree in sports pedagogy.

As Director of Basketball Operations at Gardner-Webb University, in 2018-2019, Coach Kap helped lead the Runnin’ Bulldogs to a 23-12 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The trip to the NCAA tournament was the first ever in Gardner-Webb history. Experiencing March Madness with a court-side seat is what Sagar calls “A once in a lifetime experience!”

This year Sagar is entering his second season as Assistant Coach for the Pensacola State College Men’s Basketball Program. There is nothing my church family and I love more than attending Pirate games and cheering on this incredible friend.

It is the seasons when we do not quit when we can watch God show up!! No matter what you experienced yesterday, today you have a new beginning. Like stepping into a new pair of sneakers, you can live a transformed life, shedding addictions, negativity, and begin walking in true freedom through Jesus.

Tentatively, the PSC Pirates will begin their season on January 12th at Pensacola State College, for more information you can visit the official Pensacola State College Athletics website.

CAUTION: This episode contains adult conversation topics that might be sensitive to young listeners or those who have had experienced suicidal thoughts or actions. The number for the National Suicide Prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255. Please call this number if you or someone you know needs help. You are not alone.

Show notes…

Sagar Kapoor

Pensacola State College

Pensacola State College Basketball

East Carolina University

Gardner Webb University

Liberty Church Downtown

Music, “Lifted” from It’s All Beautiful Right Here by Lily Garay 

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