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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.

  • Eastbay Athletics Clothing for Sale – Through November 16

    Eastbay Team Sales, our Paladins athletics clothing provider, has opened “live” stores for the following sports: Basketball, Fencing, Swim & Dive, Tennis, and Wrestling. The stores will be open through Friday, November 16, with the exception of Fencing, which will be open through November 30.
    Eastbay is offering therma hoodies, fleece hoodies, therma zip tops, short sleeved t-shirts, long sleeved t-shirts, and polos. There are items for women, men and kids!
    Click on the sport you’re interested in to see the items available for purchase:
    Fencing   (***Fencing Attire Available Through November 30)
    Be sure to shop today, as stores close at midnight on November 16 (midnight on November 30 for Fencing).

    Go Paladins!
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  • Four Seniors Sign to Continue Sports in College

    Surrounded by family, siblings, friends, faculty, staff and many of their fellow students, four of our senior Paladins signed Letters of Intent today to continue their respective sports in college!  We join Dr. Spurka and Mr. Kane in congratulating the following:

    Joe Garcia - Baseball, United States Military Academy 
    Drew Hendren - Lacrosse, Belmont Abbey College
    Hogan Palmer - Lacrosse, Rollins College
    Haley Triplett - Soccer, Georgia State University

    We are so proud of your commitment and dedication, and wish you many blessings as you continue your academic and athletic careers in college.
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  • Girls’ Soccer Team Ends Season Undefeated!

    Congratulations to the Pinecrest Academy 2nd and 3rd grade Girls' UFA Recreational Soccer team that went undefeated this fall season! They were coached by Mr. Mike Lee, father of 3rd grader, Reagan Lee. The team celebrated after the last win on November 10 with a pizza party. Great job, girls!
    Pictured in the team photo are, Top Left: Clara Santa Maria, Shannon Kress, Courtney Moses, Coach Mike Lee, Isabella Tropea, Sophia Nelson, Camila Cardenas; Bottom Left: Katherine Crain, Sophia Rodriques, Reagan Lee
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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.