U.S. History Homerun


Grace Daniel

Coach Pintz is the newest U.S. history teacher and baseball coach for Brashier’s 2018-2019 school year (Photo courtesy of Grace Daniel).

New school years often bring change, and this year’s change is Brashier’s new addition to its faculty. The addition comes in the form of Coach Nick Pintz, who was welcomed as the new U.S. history teacher and head baseball coach. Coach Pintz has taught for 18 years and is excited to join the Brashier family.

“I moved up here from the Myrtle Beach area. The school is very well respected all throughout the state because of its academic accomplishments. I was attracted to Brashier because of the strong commitment to academic excellence…in the classroom but also on the field,” said history teacher Nick Pintz.

Coach Pintz first decided to become a teacher when he was young. Growing up, Pintz’s coaches and teachers were the most influential people to him and he always felt that they taught him so many important skills that he has taken to heart. Pintz decided he wanted to become a teacher to pay tribute to the people who have affected him the most.

“The best teachers I have had in my life have been my coaches. My middle school history teacher was also my coach, and he has had the biggest impact on my life. I wanted to become a teacher and a coach so that I could impact students the way he impacted me. In a way, I’m paying tribute to all the teachers and coaches who have taught me so much,” said Pintz.

Pintz lived in Ohio with his three brothers. He was surrounded by sports and competition, which launched him into sports. Pintz wanted to be a coach before he decided to become a teacher. Alongside his teaching experience, he has been coaching for almost 20 years.

“My brothers and I [had] always played sports growing up. I have wanted to be a coach ever since I was a kid, and I started as an assistant coach. My first year coaching, we won the national championships. I think that moment gave me the drive to want to continue coaching students,” said Pintz.

Coach Pintz is looking forward to baseball season at Brashier, as he will be coaching our school’s baseball team. His goal for the team is simple: have the boys work hard and have fun playing the game they love. He plans to bring his love for sports, hard work, and dedication to coaching the team and make them the best they can be.

“I try to keep things simple, keep things fun, and teach the kids the best I can. In terms of baseball, I like to tell the kids we want to be the best son we can be, the best student we can be, and the best baseball player we can be. I want to instill in them that if they are the best they can be, they will be happy with the results,” said Pintz.

Brashier is a school that focuses heavily on academics. Coach Pintz was surprised with each student’s dedication to academic excellence; he did not get to see that kind of dedication in most schools he was a part of. 

“I have been very impressed with the students. I’m impressed by their attentiveness in class, their attention to detail, and their willingness to expect more out of themselves. I’m impressed that they choose to come here and strive for excellence, with things like senior projects and community service,” said Pintz.

Brashier is not only helping students strive for mastery of each subject, but it also grants students freedoms that are rare for most other high school students. Coach Pintz is awed by Brashier and is excited to be part of the unique learning environment created here. His educational goals align with Brashier’s plan for student success.

“I love the freedom here. Students are allowed to walk down to the college at their own responsibility. There’s so much trust put in these students. Students in my college seminar class were told they could have an open and they said they would rather stay back and work on homework, [which] really showed me the drive these kids have [here]. On the first day of school, I watched a group of students invite a new student to sit with them. I had never seen inclusion like that at any other school. Brashier is a really special place,” said Pintz.

Coach Pintz is new to Brashier and how it works, but he came ready to learn and adapt to the one-of-a-kind community found only at BMC. Brashier is excited to have Coach Pintz as the new U.S. history teacher and baseball coach. He has big plans for Brashier, both academically and extracurricularly, and aims to help students to the best of his ability.

“I’m so excited to be here. I love dealing with a strong group of students who have such strong drive and such high goals for themselves. I love being around the students and teachers here, and I appreciate all that the students bring to the academic environment and what the baseball players bring to the athletic environment. I love coming to work every day,” said Pintz.