Catholic Central Welcomes Christopher Rainge as New Strength & Conditioning Coach

This fall, Catholic Central welcomes its new strength and conditioning coach, Christopher Rainge, to its athletics department. With an eye on the continued success of the Shamrocks’ legacy, Coach Rainge is looking forward to teaching student athletes the importance of strength and conditioning, health and wellness, and how it directly correlates to the outcome of the game.

“Catholic Central is thrilled to welcome Coach Rainge to the athletic department this school year and I look forward to watching the strength and conditioning program grow through his leadership,” said Aaron Babicz, athletic director at Catholic Central High School.

Following a stellar athletic career at West Bloomfield High School, Coach Rainge was recruited to play football at Grand Valley State University. After suffering a career-ending leg injury, Coach Rainge began his journey to strength and conditioning coaching by studying exercise science at Grand Valley. Following graduation, he has coached for six years at Pontiac High School, Troy High School and West Bloomfield High School, and trained with the Detroit Pistons and Grand Valley State University. Coach Rainge has also used his expertise to train college athletes through his own company. 

“I’ve been all over, as far as coaching goes,” Rainge said. “I have found a home at Catholic Central, somewhere that I feel connected and am passionate about helping the community grow. There has been an amazing embrace of who I am – my energy, my intensity, and what I bring to the table. I have felt welcomed within the brotherhood from day one, and I feel like I am finally part of something bigger that breathes not only what I stand for, but what a community should stand for, and that means a lot to me.”

Coach Rainge plans to implement a collegiate atmosphere within the strength and conditioning program, which will stem from freshman to senior athletes. 

“From the freshman level, students will get the fundamentals of building in the weight room, and whether you’re in sports or not, I want students to know they can reach out to me with questions,” Rainge said. “The whole community should know that this program is about well-being, whether they be on a team or not. I hope to foster those relationships with students and families so that I can be a resource.”

During Coach Rainge’s first year, he will work closely with multiple Catholic Central athletic teams. He hopes to grow the program after the first two years to be a resource of health and wellness for all students at Catholic Central.

“Coach Rainge is a skilled strength and conditioning coach,” Babicz said. “His knowledge, skill and drive are an excellent fit for our program, and he will be an asset to our athletic department as he trains our young men, raising the bar and opportunity for competing. Coach Rainge’s commitment to helping athletes grow both as players and as young men, makes him the perfect fit for our department.”
Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For more than ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact on their communities at a local, national, and global level.