Six years ago, Greg Thiel was coaching the University of South Florida track and field team in Tampa. He had coached 17 All American’s and two Olympians.

Christianity had not been a part of his life since he left his parents’ home and their Lutheran faith when he was 17.

In an experience he likens to Paul’s Damascus Road encounter with Jesus, Coach Thiel became an outspoken Christian who now is part of a spiritual awakening at Calvary Christian High School.

“I had success as a Division I coach, but I was in bars and bar fights on the weekends,” he said.

His wife, however, whom he met in a men’s club, had returned to her childhood faith, and was active in what Thiel termed “a crazy cult”—actually, Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz.

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