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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.


Athletics News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Pinecrest Well Represented in DiVarsity All-Star Lacrosse Games

    Paladins Well Represented in DiVarsity All-Star Lacrosse Games 
    Pinecrest Academy was proud to have four Varsity Girls Lacrosse players selected for the Georgia High School 2018 DiVarsity All-Star Lacrosse game on Sunday, May 20 at Sprayberry High School in Marietta. Molly Dankowski, Alex Tilkin, Ella Binkley, and Nika Brown played in Sunday’s game.
    Molly was named MVP of the All-Star game and also named DiVarsity’s 1A-5A Player of the Year. Molly was also named Player of The Year for the State of Georgia. With 114 goals this year alone, and a total of 341 goals during her high school career, she is one of the leading scorers in the State.
    Molly, Alex, Ella and Nika have played on the Varsity Girls Lacrosse team since 9th grade, and this was the fourth year Pinecrest has fielded a Varsity team. Coach Jillian Difazio has taken the girls to the play-offs two years in a row now, and this team ended their season with a record 14 wins and only four loses. Way to go Lady Paladins!
    Pinecrest also had five athletes play in the DiVarsity All-Star Boys Lacrosse Game on Saturday, May 19. The players were Drew Hendren, Stone Brown, Hogan Palmer, David Stubbs, and Ryan DiFazio. Way to represent the Paladin Nation!
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  • Sign Up for Middle and High School Summer Football and Basketball 

    If your middle or high school student would like to participate in summer workouts with our middle or high school teams for Football and Basketball, the registrations are open.
    Students cannot participate until they have completed registration. These training sessions are great opportunities for student-athletes to develop skills and conditioning needed for the upcoming seasons. Register here.
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  • U10 Girls Rec Soccer Team Wins Championship

    The Pinecrest Under-10 Girls recreational Soccer team won their division of the 2018 United Futbol Academy (UFA) “Rec Round Up” tournament over the May 19-20 weekend.  The team won two games, and tied one, to make it to the championship game against the Gunners from Cartersville.  The Gunners had won their three tournament games by an aggregate score of 17-6. 
    Thanks to a stifling defense, Pinecrest prevailed in a 2-0 shutout victory to take home the championship!  Contributing on the team this year were the following players: Angelina Arribasplata, Wimberly Budd, Camila Cardenas, Olivia Commissariat, Meaghan Meeks, Courtney Moses, Clara Santa Maria, Elena Solera, and Isabelle Tropea; along with ‘Mica’ Dimayuga, Hastee Mehdipour, and Sara Tollett for the tournament games.

    Congratulations to the team and to coach Michael Meeks!
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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.

Ryan Weingart, Associate Athletic Director

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Ryan Weingart came to Pinecrest in 2012. He served as High School Math Teacher, Assistant Varsity Football Coach, Head Middle School Basketball Coach, and Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach. In 2015, he was named Head Varsity Baseball Coach and Head of Baseball Operations, and lead the varsity baseball program to its first ever play-off appearance in school history. A year later, he became Assistant Athletic Director​ and in​ 2017, he joined the Pinecrest Athletic Department full-time as Associate Athletic Director.

Ryan earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, cum laude, from Northern Illinois University. Prior to his arrival at Pinecrest, Ryan ​student-taught at Sycamore High School in Illinois and was the Team Manager for the Women’s Softball Program at Northern Illinois University.

Passionate and knowledgeable about all sports, Ryan led a highly successful career in high school athletics. He was a three-sport athlete throughout his four years of high school (football, basketball and baseball), and was awarded Most Outstanding Athlete at the end of his senior year. Ryan was highly recruited to play football and baseball for multiple D-3 and D-2 teams throughout the Midwest.

As Associate Athletic Director at Pinecrest, Ryan is responsible for overseeing the Athletic Department alongside the Director of Athletics, Chris Kane. In this role, Ryan demonstrates the professionalism, knowledge and leadership skills critical to supporting the daily functions of the athletic department​, and how those functions ​impact schoolwide operations. ​

Ryan is married to Pinecrest alumna, Erica Jackson (Class of '08), and currently lives in Alpharetta.