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Welcome to Pinecrest Athletics: Home of the Paladins

At Pinecrest Academy, we believe athletics plays a very important role in fulfilling our mission of forming Christian leaders who will transform society. As one of the best private schools in Atlanta, our unique methodology of Integral Formation® gives our experienced coaches the tools to motivate their student-athletes to strive in maximizing their character and leadership skills. Pinecrest’s school motto "semper altius", meaning "always higher," challenges students to give their best for Christ and for their team.

Pinecrest offers the opportunity for every student to discover her or her gifts through a multitude of activities, including a place on the athletics field. Pinecrest is unique, even among its private school counterparts, because the majority of our students participate in athletics, some playing several sports. Pinecrest offers 15 sports to students, including recreational athletics for our Lower School children, competitive sports programs for Middle School students, and GHSA-sanctioned Varsity sports. Students at Pinecrest are encouraged to try all sports they are interested in, and in most cases, the only requirement is an interest in the sport and willingness to learn, work hard, and have fun.

Middle School and Varsity Paladins teams enjoy competitive region and non-region match-ups, playing some of the best private schools in the area, as well as neighboring public schools with 7A classifications.

Our GHSA-sanctioned Paladins athletic program develops high school students into dedicated scholar-athletes, teaching valuable lessons in teamwork, accountability, effort and discipline, in a context of healthy competition. As part of the GHSA Private School 1A Classification, our 2016-2017 athletics program was one of the most successful since Pinecrest’s move to the GHSA in 2010. Several Varsity teams advanced to the State playoffs, including Football, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Girls Lacrosse, and Cheerleading.

Since 2007, the Pinecrest athletics program has celebrated many collegiate signings, and in 2017, eight students signed National Letters of Intent to continue playing sports in college, marking a Pinecrest record in the athletics history books! Learn more about Pinecrest’s sports offerings on our sports registration page.

If you would like to contact us, please send an email to athletics@pinecrestacademy.org.


Athletics News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Pinecrest “Breaks Ground” for Turf Field Installation

    Pinecrest Athletics made it official this morning! The installation of our athletic turf field is about to become a reality.
    Members from the Board of Directors, Athletics Department, the turf installation committee, and Fr. Daren Weisbrod, joined Dr. Spurka at 9am on Wednesday, May 22, for a groundbreaking and ground blessing to kick off the installation project.
    The long-awaited turf field is coming to fruition, thanks to the generosity and dedication of many members of the Pinecrest Academy community. The Pinecrest Athletic Club, was vital in helping to procure donations that have made this project possible.
    The turf install project officially began on Monday, May 20, 2019, as engineers from Pinnacle Design/Build Group and Deluxe Athletics began to measure and conduct site preparation.
    Sod removal will begin soon, and installation of the turf will be in full-swing during the summer months. Plans are to unveil the new Turf Field for the first Paladins home Football game on Friday, September 13, 2019.
    Completion of the turf athletic field will come directly on the heels of our new Lower School Building, which has been under construction since Summer 2018, and will be completed in time for the first day of school in August 2019.
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  • Congrats to U10 Soccer Team – 2019 Champions

    The U10 Pinecrest Soccer team, coached by Mike Lee and Jerome Boudreaux, won 1st Place in the United Futbol Academy Rec Round-up Soccer Tournament the weekend of May 18-19! Congrats to our U10 Champions!
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  • Middle School Boys Basketball Summer Workouts/Games – Register Now

    Annual Middle School Summer Basketball workouts and games happen in June. Workouts are open to rising 7th and 8th grade boys. The program includes five workouts and six games in the Forsyth county Middle School League.
    June 4 - 5:30pm-7pm
    June 6 - 5:30pm-7pm
    June 11 - 5:30pm-7pm
    June 13 - 5:30pm-7pm
    June 15 - 1:00pm-2:30pm
    June 17-19 - Times and locations TBD
    The cost is $50, and you can sign up online HERE.
    Coach Lynch would like for the boys to attend as much as possible. If there are any boys planning to play who did not play this year, please feel free to invite them! Questions? Contact Coach Lynch at jlynch@pinecrestacademy.org.
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Upcoming Games

Chris Kane, Director of Athletics

Chris Kane was named Pinecrest Academy Director of Athletics in 2015. Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Kane served as Head Varsity Coach for both Boys and Girls Soccer, as well as Social Studies Department Chair and history teacher in the high school. Prior to his arrival at Pinecrest in 2008, Mr. Kane significantly developed the women’s soccer program at Marshall University, where he served as Head Coach and Director of the Women’s Soccer program from 2003.

Before his tenure at Marshall, Mr. Kane served as Assistant Coach at Rutgers University, The University of Georgia, and at La Salle University. He utilized these skills in developing the soccer program at Pinecrest, leading the Varsity Boys Soccer team to the State Championship in 2010. Mr. Kane earned designation as a Certified Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) in 2017. To earn this distinction, Mr. Kane demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of his educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination. Mr. Kane is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.