Athletic Dept Staff

56Athletic Director: Rolland Esslinger
501 N Beach Blvd.
La Habra, CA

Phone: (562) 694-3803, Extension: 300

Coach Esslinger has been a part of the WCHS staff for the past 7 years.  He came to us with over 34 years in Christian Education as a former teacher, coach and principal.  Rolland graduated from Biola University with a degree in physical education, so his job as athletic director brings him back to what he loves!  Rolland has been married to his beautiful wife Angie for 32 years, and together they have three grown children…Taryne (WCHS class of 2005), Brett (WCHS class of 2008), and Ryan (WCHS class of 2014).  When he is not watching the Heralds play 18 different sports, he loves to play golf, go on movie/dinner dates with Angie, listen to Taryne lead worship at Whittier Area Community Church, watch Brett coach football or basketball at WCHS, and watch Ryan play college football at Arizona Christian University!  GO HERALDS!


Strength Coordinator: Brett Esslinger
Sports: Football, Basketball, Lifting for ALL teams
Phone: (562) 694-3803
Extension: 250

This is Coach Esslinger’s second year as our Strength Coordinator.  He has also served seven years as a football coach at Whittier Christian. He started as an assistant coach on JV, coaching quarterbacks. He then took the head coaching position of the JV football team. This is Brett’s second year on the varsity staff serving as the offensive coordinator. Brett also is the JV head coach for the boys basketball program.  Brett is a Whittier Christian High School alumni, graduating in 2008. He played football for Whittier Christian for four years as a Quarterback. He also played basketball and baseball while he was at Whittier Christian. Coach Esslinger graduated college from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Kinesiology. He is currently a teacher at Whittier Christian High School, teaching Health, Weight Lifting, and Physical Education. While he coaches and teaches, Brett is also working on his masters degree at Hope International University.

Assistant Athletic Director: Nicole Nicolaides
Sports: Girls Tennis, Girls Soccer
Phone: (562) 694-3803
Extension: 333

Coach Nicolaides has been with Whittier Christian for 13 years as a teacher, coach and athletic assistant. She comes to WCHS from Biola University where she earned her bachelors degree in Kinesiology in 2004. Coach Nicolaides played both tennis and soccer in college and has loved coaching both sports at WCHS. She was named Girls Tennis Coach of the Year by the Whittier Daily News in both 2011 and 2013. In 2016, she earned her Masters degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University in Irvine and feels right at home working in the Athletic Department at WCHS. Coach “Nic” enjoys being a part of several sports on campus including tennis, soccer, and softball. When she is not coaching, you can find her at Dodger Games, Ducks games, taking in a concert or at Disneyland with friends. Coach Nic is also very passionate about her church Eastside Christian and getting involved with their high school ministry.