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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.

GO PALADINS!

Athletics News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team Holds Jersey Night

    Pinecrest’s Varsity Girls Lacrosse team held its Jersey Night ceremony on Tuesday evening, February 20, in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel. Jersey Night is a beautiful and unique ceremony, during which dads present their daughters with their game jerseys for the season. Each dad takes a moment to tell his daughter how much he loves her, that he is proud of her, and then shares a virtue (or virtues) that he sees in his daughter.
     
    This event is always so special for all of our Varsity athletes, and is a special bonding opportunity for young ladies and their fathers.
     
    The Varsity Girls Lacrosse Jersey Night was bittersweet, as it was the final Jersey Night for our nine senior players.
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  • Varsity Tennis Teams Begin Season

    Congratulations to the Varsity Tennis team for a great opening match on Tuesday, February 20, against St. John Bosco Academy.  The Girls team won with a team score of 3-2, while the Boys team fell short with a score of 3-4. 
     
    The team showed outstanding performance by all doubles players, as all the Girls and Boys doubles teams were victorious.
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  • Jessie DeNardo Verbally Commits to Duke University Softball Program

    Jessie DeNardo, eighth grader at Pinecrest Academy, has verbally committed to play softball at Duke University under Coach Marissa Young. Jessie has been playing travel softball for the Lady Dukes U14 team since summer of 2017, and after a successful fall season was asked to verbally commit. 
     
    Jessie will continue to play with the Lady Dukes, who will compete on a National level in spring 2018.  Duke's softball program is in its inaugural year, and just went 4-0 in the ACC vs. Big 10 tournament over the weekend of February 17-18, 2018.
     
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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.

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