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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.


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Athletics News

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  • Fall Sports Picture Orders - Due August 27

    Middle and High School students playing Fall Sports should have received their picture order envelopes with proofs this week.  Please check your student's backpack if you haven't seen them yet!  

    Orders are due back by Tuesday, August 27.  Students may drop them off with Ms. Mazzolini in the Middle School and Mrs. Fazio or Mrs. Stokes in the High School.

    Questions can be directed to Mr. Bryan White at 770-889-3202 or bwphotography.art@icloud.com.
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  • 2019 Hall of Fame Class Announced

    The Pinecrest Athletics Hall of Fame program debuted in 2017, recognizing and celebrating the history of Pinecrest Academy athletics. Inductees include some of the school’s finest athletes from the earliest days of Pinecrest Athletics, and recognizes those who were instrumental in getting our programs off the ground.  
     
    It is with great pleasure that Pinecrest Academy announces the following inductees into the 2019 Hall of Fame Class:
     
    Coach Amy Camacho: Coach Camacho was one of the first varsity coaches at Pinecrest Academy and the second to be selected for the Athletics Hall of Fame. During her time leading the Volleyball program, Coach Camacho was a four-time Region Coach of the Year selection. She was also selected as the GISA State Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2009. She led the Paladins to four Region Championships, three Final Four appearances, and a State Championship in 2009. She is also the first coach to lead a Varsity program to the State Playoffs in GHSA in 2010. During her tenure, she coached 25 student-athletes to post season honors, including fellow Hall of Famers Bridget Camacho, Leanne Cassandra, Christi Cassandra and Margaret Cassandra.
     
    Bridget Camacho '10: Bridget was a standout volleyball player for the Pinecrest Paladins. She was a two-time All Region and three-time All State selection. She helped lead the Paladins to their only State Championship in 2009 and four straight Region Championships. Bridget was also Pinecrest’s first student-athlete to sign a National Letter of Intent to continue her athletic career at a Division I program, Virginia Commonwealth. She went on to finish her collegiate volleyball career at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
     
    Margaret Cassandra ‘11: Margaret was a three sport standout for Pinecrest. She was an All County and two-time All Region selection for volleyball, All State and three-time All Region selection for basketball, and a two-time All State and three-time All Region selection for soccer. She was selected as the Female Athlete of the Year as a senior. She helped lead the Paladins to two volleyball Region Championships, two soccer Region Championships, and our only basketball Region Championship. She is also the first 1000 point scorer for the Girls Basketball program. Margaret is currently studying Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. 
     
    Bryce Haynes ‘11: Bryce was a standout three-sport star for the Paladins in football, basketball and track and field. Bryce was a two-time All Region selection for football and was also named All County as a Senior. He helped lead the football and basketball programs to three State Playoff berths, including a semifinals appearance in 2009 with football and a quarterfinals appearance in basketball in 2010. Bryce went on to play football at The Ohio State University and won a National Championship under Urban Meyer in 2014. He is currently attending Medical School at Emory University and recently married Pinecrest alumna Mary Katherine Strom ‘11.
     
    Kevin Metz ‘10: Kevin was  a three-sport star during his time at Pinecrest Academy in football, basketball, and soccer. He was a two-time All Region player in both football and basketball, and served as captain of both teams his senior year. As a soccer player, Kevin was a three-time selection for All Region and All State and captained the team to its first State Championship in 2010. He graduated from the University of Georgia and later earned his Master’s degree at Georgia Tech. Kevin currently works as an engineer for Bishop-Wisecarver and is married to his high school sweetheart, Meghan Flanigan ‘10. They are expecting their second child this Fall.
     
    Joe Neiner, Sr.: Mr. Neiner has been a part of Pinecrest Athletics since 2002, and has served the student-athletes at Pinecrest in several capacities. He served as the Middle School Boys Basketball Head Coach for six years, and in 2007 he led the team to its first NAML Championship. He has also served as an Assistant Coach for the boys for one year, Middle School Football Defensive Coordinator for four years, Head Coach for Middle School Girls Basketball for one year, and Assistant Coach for the Varsity Girls Basketball program for one year. He also drove the Cheerleaders’ bus to away football games for three years, and has volunteered for countless other roles in the Athletic Department. Joe is currently Head of Transportation and Security for Pinecrest Academy.
     
    The 2019 Hall of Fame class will be recognized on Friday, October 25, 2019 during the Varsity Football game vs. Kings Ridge Christian School. The honorees will then be formally inducted on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the Hall of Fame Banquet, held in the Upper School Gymnasium at Pinecrest Academy.
     
    The Banquet begins at 10:30am, and tickets for the event are $15. Tickets may be purchased here
     
    Pinecrest Academy Hall of Fame Inductees were selected by an 18-person selection committee comprised of teachers, coaches, community members, and alumni. A two-part voting process was conducted last spring, with the committee selecting from more than thirty-five (35) Hall of Fame nominations. Eligible athletes must have graduated from Pinecrest Academy at least seven years prior to the year of nomination. Coaches who have not been in an active coaching position with Pinecrest Athletics for three years prior to the year of nomination are also eligible. See all Hall of Fame nomination criteria here: Pinecrest Athletics Hall of Fame Requirements 2019.
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  • Get 25% Off Spirit Wear Orders – Through September 7

    Thanks to our new partnership with BSN, we have a 24/7/365 online store, where you can choose and design spirit wear items and have them shipped directly to your home within a couple of weeks. 
     
    You may custom-make gear with the specific sport or area of interest (alumni, parent, drum line, staff) on it. It’s a wonderful way to get sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, pullovers — all kinds of gear, even stadium seats and blankets. 
     
    And right now -- 25% off your order until September 7 with promo code GRANDOPENING19.
     
     
    Let’s go, Paladins!
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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.