Our series on IRCS alumni continues with a look at Liberty University Wide Receiver Coach and Class of 2006 graduate Kyle DeArmon.
Kyle came to IRCS as a 6th grade student and spent the next seven years as a Golden Eagle. I asked Kyle how his time at IRCS got him ready for college. He replied, “IRCS helped prepare me for college in many different ways. Socially, I was around a lot of different people from different backgrounds and nationalities while at IRCS which helped me as I moved into college. Athletically, I was playing against top competition in the area which helped me reach my goal to play college football. Academically, I was challenged in many ways. Tough classes with loving teachers who wanted to see you succeed helped me as I went to college and prepared me for life after college as well.”
Part of his social interaction can be traced to his IRCS mission trips to Arizona and three times to Eleuthra in the Bahamas. He also cited as a favorite memory his senior trip. For one year (and one year only) we allowed a January senior trip so they could snow ski in Winter Park, Colorado. Kyle would like to sincerely apologize to Coach Frost (the varsity basketball coach at the time) for missing three district basketball games due to the trip. (We also saw an early onset of “senioritis” after this trip and a slide in several students’ grades.) Additionally, I asked Kyle if there was one teacher who had made a particular impact on his life. His reply was, “Everyone who is a part of your life at IRCS impacts you in different ways. Vern Kinsey will light up a room and finds ways to make learning fun. Perry Banse always has an encouraging word and can make anyone laugh, even when you’re down. Tracy Springman loves every student and genuinely cares about their well-being and that student coming to know the Lord. Joe Frost wants the absolute best for you and gives great Godly wisdom. Phil Farver loves IRCS Athletics and wants to see everyone have all they need to succeed. Rich Hayward is a servant and will do whatever is asked of him. Mark Buchanan wants to see every student he teaches come to personally know the Lord and know the Lord deeply.”
After being a high school standout at quarterback for IRCS, Kyle went on to play football for Liberty University where he was a five year member of the program. During his playing career, DeArmon helped the Flames claim their first four Big South titles, and he was a part of Liberty’s first-ever 10-win season in 2008. As a senior, Kyle ranked fourth on Liberty’s 2010 roster in receptions and receiving yards and third in touchdown receptions. He graduated from Liberty in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. Additionally, he received his Master of Arts in Executive Leadership – Business in May 2016.
After graduation from Liberty, Kyle spent a couple of years as an elementary PE teacher and coach. In 2013 he returned to join the Liberty University coaching staff where he served as Liberty’s offensive quality control staff member for four seasons (2013-16). He was promoted to wide receivers coach in December, 2016 and he currently has the privilege of coaching another IRCS alum, wide receiver Damian King (Class of 2015). Liberty University has reclassified this year and joined Division I’s top football subdivision, with the school playing a full FBS schedule starting in the 2019 season.
When asked how he chose coaching as a vocation Kyle stated, “I grew up always wanting to be a coach. I was involved in every sport I could and I just loved it. While playing football at Liberty University, I realized that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. To be able to impact men 18-22 years old through the game of football and have sport as a way to push them to know the Lord is something that you can’t beat. I want every kid I coach to come to know the Lord personally so as they move on and become a husband, and a dad, that they have a strong foundation for their life.”
Striving for excellence with a heart for ministry, we see your success Kyle and we are very proud of your accomplishments!
Coach Kyle DeArmon with Liberty Receivers (#7 is Damian King IRCS Class of 2015)