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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.


Athletics News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Pinecrest Academy Announces 2018 Athletics Hall of Fame Recipients

    Pinecrest Academy Head of School, Dr. Edward Spurka, and Athletic Director, Mr. Chris Kane, are pleased to announce the 2018 class of the Pinecrest Athletics Hall of Fame.
    The Hall of Fame program, which debuted in 2017, recognizes and celebrates the history of Pinecrest Academy athletics. The inductees include some of the school’s finest athletes from the earliest days of Pinecrest Athletics, and recognizes those who were instrumental in getting Pinecrest’s programs off the ground.  
    It is with great pleasure that Pinecrest announces the following inductees into the 2018 Hall of Fame Class:
    Annelise Nevarez Drapeau ‘08: Nevarez Drapeau was a three sport standout for Pinecrest. She was a two-time All-Region selection for volleyball and basketball and three-time All-Region player in soccer. She was named All-State in all three sports as a senior, and was selected as the Female Athlete of the Year as a senior. She helped lead the Paladins to three volleyball Region Championships and two soccer Region Championships. She went on to play soccer at Christian Brothers University in Tennessee.
    Dan Moffit '08: Moffit was a standout cross country runner for the Paladins. He was a three-time All-Region and All-State selection. He also was the first individual Region Champion in 2005 and the first individual State Champion in 2007. He helped lead the Varsity Boys Cross Country team to its first Region title in 2007 and also Pinecrest’s first State Championship that same year. Moffit went on to have a successful cross country career at the University of West Georgia.
    Joe Neiner '11: Neiner was a three-sport star during his time at Pinecrest. On the football field, Neiner was a three-time All-Region and two-time All-State player. He still holds Paladin career records for catches and receiving yards. On the court, Neiner was a two-time All-State and All-County selection and a three-time All-Region selection. He is a member of the 1,000-point club, with 1,353 career points, ranking him second on the list for Varsity Boys Basketball players at Pinecrest. Neiner also was the school’s first Individual Champion in two different track and field events. As a sophomore, he was the State Champion in the Triple Jump, and as a senior, won the 300 meter hurdles at the State Championship meet. He holds four individual school records (300 meter hurdles, long jump, triple jump, and high jump) and two school records for the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays. After graduation, Neiner went on to Birmingham Southern to play basketball.
    Coach Andres Montana: Coach Montana was Pinecrest’s first High School Basketball Coach. He helped the Paladins build a powerhouse in GISA from 2004 through 2010. During that time, Pinecrest played for two State Championships, and Montana was selected as Region Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008. While leading the basketball program, 18 Paladins garnered All-Region honor,s and nine were selected with All-State honors. As the Head Coach for Varsity Boys Cross Country, Montana led the Paladins to the school’s first State Championship in 2007, and was also selected as the State Coach of the Year. Coach Montana also created the motto, “OBTC,” Our Best To Christ, which is still used in the Athletic Department today.
    The Hall of Fame class will be recognized on Friday, October 5, 2018 at halftime of the Pinecrest Varsity Football game vs. Mount Pisgah. The honorees will then be formally inducted on Saturday evening, October 6, 2018, at the Hall of Fame Banquet, to be held at Pinecrest Academy in the Upper School Gymnasium.
    The Banquet begins at 6pm, and tickets for the event are $25. Tickets may be purchased soon. Pinecrest Athletic Club (PAC) Members receive two free tickets to this event. Pinecrest Corporate Sponsors at the Squire Level and above also receive two free tickets.
    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 eligible. See all Hall of Fame nomination criteria here: Pinecrest Athletics Hall of Fame Requirements 2018.
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  • This Week in Paladin Athletics 8/16-25/2018

    Chris Kane
    Pinecrest Academy | This Week In Sports |   August 16 - 25, 2018
    Date Team Title Opponent Home Away Game Time Dismissal Time Location Departure Time
    8/16/2018 Volleyball Middle School Away at Perimeter (B Team at 4:00pm, A Team at 5:15pm) Perimeter Christian A 4:00PM 2:45PM Perimeter Christian School 3:00PM
    8/16/2018 Volleyball Varsity Away at Mt. Bethel (5pm vs. Mt Bethel, 6pm vs. Mount Vernon) Mount Bethel A 5:00PM 2:45PM Mt Bethel Christian Academy MS 3:00PM
    8/17/2018 Football Varsity Scrimmage at Piedmont Academy Piedmont Academy A 7:00PM 2:26PM Piedmont Academy 3:30PM
    8/21/2018 Volleyball Varsity Away at Holy Innocents (6pm vs. Westminster, 7pm vs. Holy Innocents) Holy Innocents, Westminster A 6:00PM Holy Innocents 3:45PM
    8/21/2018 Volleyball JV - CANCELED 5pm JV vs. Holy Innocents, 7pm JV vs. TBD Holy Innocents H CANCELED Upper School Gym
    8/23/2018 Football Middle School Away at Cherokee Christian School Fellowship Christian School A 5:30PM Cherokee Christian School 3:30PM
    8/23/2018 Football JV Home vs. Fellowship Christian Fellowship Christian School H 6:15PM Varsity Field
    8/24/2018 Football Varsity Home vs. Fellowship Christian Fellowship Christian School H 7:30PM Varsity Field
    8/25/2018 Cross Country Varsity HS Cross Country at Lambert River Run A 7:00AM Chattahoochee Pointe Park 6:00AM
    8/25/2018 Cross Country Middle School MS Cross Country at Lambert River Run A 10:45AM Chattahoochee Pointe Park 9:00AM
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  • Middle School Tennis - Registration Closes August 15

    Call all Middle School tennis players!  Please note that Middle School Tennis Registration closes on Wednesday, August 15, so please register today!  The season runs October through December, and the Head Coach is Miss Erin McGraw.  

    Register HERE for Middle School Tennis.  Questions?  Please contact Coach McGraw.
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Upcoming Games


Away at Perimeter (B Team at 4:00pm, A Team at 5:15pm)

Perimeter Christian
Perimeter Christian School

Away at Mt. Bethel (5pm vs. Mt Bethel, 6pm vs. Mount Vernon)

Mount Bethel
Mt Bethel Christian Academy MS

Scrimmage at Piedmont Academy

Piedmont Academy
Piedmont Academy

Away at Holy Innocents (6pm vs. Westminster, 7pm vs. Holy Innocents)

Holy Innocents

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.