One Team. One Fight.

By Nathan Breinich – Communications Specialist

One Team. One Fight. It’s a short yet memorable saying. On the campus of Hill Country Christian School, it carries a powerful meaning—a meaning that inspires us all.

Athletic director and military veteran Scott Horne knows the meaning of “One Team. One Fight.” very well. His career in the Navy began in 1992 at boot camp in the sweltering heat of Orlando, Florida. He then spent the first four years of his naval career in Keflavik, Iceland. Through the witness of a fellow sailor, Coach Horne began to realize his personal need for Christ. On January 4, 1994, in that frigid, Arctic climate, the gospel melted his heart, and he trusted Christ as his personal Savior. He shifted to the Navy Reserves in 1996 and served in this role for over 20 years. During that time he deployed to Iraq as a customs agent working with troops returning home. He also deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011 with SEAL Team Seven where he worked as a logistics specialist for 700 Afghan commandos.

In 2008, while he was advancing through Navy Chief induction, Coach Horne’s instructors reminded him repeatedly of the phrase “One Team. One Fight.” He says, “It means many are working together as one. It was a motto they hammered home to us throughout the training. Navy Chiefs are considered the backbone of the Navy. As chief selectees, we were a bunch of individuals—but they wanted us to work together to achieve one mission. I felt it was a great motto to bring to the school.”

When asked about the mission of athletics at Hill Country, Coach Horne answers, “The mission for our athletes at Hill Country is simple. Work together for one goal—honor Christ in how you play and win championships.” He says his goal for Hill Country athletics is, “To be known in the community for not only success in sports, but in the way in which we achieve that success. We want to serve our community and build strong athletic programs where players are focused on building relationships with one another, with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and on winning. We want to use the tool of athletics to build young men and women who will go into their fields of expertise and change their communities for the better and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”