A local dual-sport award winner has joined the Eagles, and she will immediately help the volleyball team as the Lady Eagles begin play on September 7. Maggie Bourgholtzer starred in volleyball and softball at a top Jacksonville program, and now she brings her talent and character to Trinity Baptist College.
Maggie Jean Bourgholtzer — Jacksonville, FL
Maggie graduated from Englewood High School, where she played a year of JV volleyball and two years on the varsity team under Coach Cynthia Bateh. Ms. Bateh coached Maggie in both volleyball and softball all three years at Englewood. Maggie is the daughter of Mr. Eric and Mrs. Wendy Bourgholtzer and stepmother Michelle Bourgholtzer.
Maggie was a varsity volleyball co-captain as a senior. She had the most assists in each of her final two years. First Coast Varsity High School listed her on the Volleyball Statistical Leader Board in both 2016 and 2017, and she repeated her performance with 342 assists, 82 aces, and a 95.1 service percentage for Englewood in 2018.
Academically, Maggie performed even more admirably. She attended Stanton College Preparatory School in ninth grade after four years of voluntary work with Landon Middle School Athletics. In high school, Maggie was a National Honor Society member and senior class treasurer. She graduated with honors and earned Dual Enrollment credits. These accomplishments helped Maggie win the Rotary Club of Deerwood/Englewood Scholar Athlete award for the 2015-2016 school year.
Maggie is just as talented on the softball field. She played at Landon Middle and then served all four high-school years on the varsity teams of both Stanton and Englewood. She was the 1010-XL Scholar-Athlete of the Week on March 12, 2018. She made Second-Team All-Conference in softball as a sophomore and junior.
Maggie gave an extensive explanation of why she chose Trinity Baptist College. “I have never felt the presence of God as strong as I have in the past month while deciding if Trinity would be my home in the fall,” she said. “People always talk about how God spoke to them, but God was definitely yelling at me 24/7 that this is what I needed to do. I knew that at Trinity I would be able to excel within school, athletics, and my relationship with God.”
After college, Maggie plans to teach middle school math while coaching middle school volleyball and softball. Her favorite verse is John 13:34, which says, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
Maggie would like to thank her parents and coaches for helping her reach this point in her life: “Thank you, Dad, for spending extra time with me on the field, going to anything possible from college visits to sports banquets. Thank you, Mom, for encouraging me to be independent, unique, and confident in my choices. Thank you, Michelle, for pushing me and making sure I continue on the right path to accomplish my goals. Thank you, Coach Bateh and Coach Cononie, for molding me into a better player and person on and off the court and field. I love you guys, and I couldn’t have gotten here without you all!”
Thank you, Maggie Bourgholtzer, for choosing Trinity Baptist College. We are happy that God led you here.