Head Coach - Elite H.S. National Team
Began SCA Basketball Program in 2000
Coached for 16 seasons
Became Assistant Coach at Wichita State University
Took Assistant Coaching Position at Univ. of Minnesota
Helped program to achieve first NCAA Tournament
Second Round Appearance since 1997
Returned to Sunrise Christian Academy
Took over as Post Graduate Head Coach in 2022-23
before stepping back in as H.S. Elite Coach in 2023-24
About Sunrise Christian Academy Basketball
At Sunrise Christian Academy, we believe that while athletics are important in developing principles that can supplement our walk with God, they cannot replace church, family, or academics. We also believe that God has given each and every student unique abilities in a variety of platforms.
For that reason, we have developed a multi-tiered boys’ basketball program that allows students from different backgrounds, whether they be socio-economic, ethnic, or life experience competes at a level that best suits their ability to glorify God through their play.
Founded in 1983, by Dr. Robert Lindsted, Sunrise Christian Academy started as a grade school emphasizing academic excellence and Biblical teaching. The school began with one teacher and six students. Over the years it has grown to include over 500 students on a campus spanning 18 acres.
Kyle Lindsted, one of Dr. Lindsted's sons, took the ministry a step further, incorporating athletics to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
Our Journey Thru the Years
The SCA Basketball program grew from the ground up over the years to be incredibly competitive in the local Wichita, Kansas area. Until 2009, no scholarships were awarded to potential student-athletes.
After a student who was due to attend a different high school program experienced a life-changing injury, Sunrise stepped in with the mission to help him rehab and maximize his growth both as a person and as a player. The young man committed to a Power Five program after nearly having his career cut short. Following that first scholarship, Sunrise increases their financial commitment to using the basketball program as a mission field to win, build, and send equipped young men in to the world.
As Coach Lindsted departs for Wichita State University to become an assistant coach, Coach Luke Barnwell takes the reins. Over the course of eight seasons, he wins several H.S. National Coach of the Year Awards and nearly wins the school's first GEICO National Championship, all the while continuing to bring in top-level recruiting classes and working to build hearts, souls, and minds for Christ.
Coach Barnwell departs as an assistant coach to Texas Tech University and Coach Kyle Lindsted assumes the H.S. Elite head coaching duties once again with the same goal as always - to change lives for Christ "for time and eternity."
Inaugural NIBC Champions (2022)
5x consecutive GEICO H.S. National Championship Invites
Knocked off #1 seeded Montverde in 2023 GEICO National Championships
Over 120+ Division I scholarships earned in last 13 years
4 NBA Alumni
1x Gatorade National POTY
4x Gatorade Kansas POTY
4x Team USA Invitees
5x McDonald's All-Americans
2022-23 Individual Recognitions
3x Jordan Brand Classic Invites
2x Nike Hoop Summit Invites
4x Iverson Classic Invites