Mary Alexandra (Alex) Abbey, Vasity Girls Lacrosse
Mary Alexandra (Alex) Abbey grew up in south Forsyth County and has been a parishioner at St. Benedict's Catholic Church since 2003.
She graduated from Lambert High School where she earned 7 varsity letters (4 in Lacrosse; 3 in Basketball). During high school, she also competed in AAU Basketball and was coached by former Pinecrest Academy Girls' Basketball Coach Ken Lacy.
She earned a B.S. in History at Shorter University, where she received a scholarship to play Lacrosse (NCAA Div II) and was a 3-year starter. After graduating, she stayed at Shorter in the capacity of Graduate Assistant, helping coach the Women's Lacrosse team during the 2017-2018 season, while working toward an M.B.A. in Sports Management.
Alex is currently completing her M.B.A. online as she joins Pinecrest Academy.
John Bauersfeld, Head Boys Basketball Coach
Before coming to Pinecrest, Bauersfeld served as Head Coach at Calvert Hall High School in Baltimore, MD for 11 years. He also served as the Department Chair for the Social Studies Department for several years at Calvert Hall. Bauersfeld's teams won over 200 games during his tenure at Calvert Hall, including the Baltimore Catholic League Championship in 2010, 2014, and 2015. He was named Baltimore Catholic League Coach of the Year four times, most recently in 2016. Bauersfield has coached numerous players who have gone on to play at the collegiate level, including nine at the Division I level, playing at Villanova, Louisville, Providence, and Connecticut. 2011 Calvert Hall alumnus, Damion Lee, is currently in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks.
Bauersfeld served as an assistant for three years under the legendary Cardinals coach, Mark Amatucci, before taking the reins in 2007. He most recently served as an assistant for USA East Coast Basketball, working with coaching legend and Hall of Famer, Coach Larry Brown. The team of college all-stars traveled to Spain in August 2017 to participate in an international tournament.
Bauersfeld is a 1994 graduate of Calvert Hall and a 1998 graduate of Gettysburg College, where he served as Co-captain of the Men’s Basketball team during his senior year. He earned a Masters in Secondary Education from Towson University, and begins teaching in the Social Studies and English departments at Pinecrest in August 2018. Bauersfeld and his wife Jillian have been married for nine years and have three boys, Will (7), Noah (5) and Asher (2).
Gillian Brown - Varsity Cross Country
Gillian Brown has served as Assistant Coach with the Varsity Cross Country program for one year, and also serves as Assistant Coach for Middle School Girls Basketball. She will be taking over as Head Coach of the Cross Country program in Fall 2018. Before joining Pinecrest, Coach Brown served as Assistant Track Coach at Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, NC, where she served as Hurdle, Long, and Triple Jump Coach. She attended Belmont Abbey College, where she ran track all four years, as a sprinter, jumper and middle distance, and ran Cross Country for two years. Coach Brown teaches High School Science at Pinecrest.
Steve Jameson - Varsity Boys Lacrosse
Coach Jameson comes to Pinecrest with several years of coaching experience. Most recently, Coach Jameson served as the Head Girls Lacrosse Coach at Gainesville High School from 2012 until 2016. In the years prior, Coach Jameson served as the Head Boys Lacrosse Coach at Centennial High School from 2007 through 2011. He also has several years of experience coaching football, golf and baseball at the High School and Collegiate level.
Coach Jameson was a two sport athlete (football and lacrosse) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a certified teacher in biology and health and physical education. He is currently substitute teaching for Pinecrest and the Forsyth County School District.
Denise Jordan - Varsity Swim & Dive
Denise Jordan has over 35 years of swimming and soccer coaching experience, and has been at Pinecrest for 13 years. After playing soccer in college and for the Georgia Women's Soccer Association, she began teaching and coaching. She coached soccer at St. Pius X Catholic High School and Wesleyan, and started the Swim program at Wesleyan. Upon her arrival at Pinecrest, she started the Swim program here. Coach Jordan has also coached summer swimming at Briarcliff Woods Beach Club, Nottaway, Embry Hills, Fieldstone, and Ansley Golf Club, where her team was Country Club Swim Team Champion during the years 1989-2000. Coach Jordan received the Atlanta Swimming Association Coach of the Year award in 2016, and two Pinecrest alumni she coached are swimming in college. She also teaches Middle School English and has a son named Nicholas.
Heath Kennedy - Varsity Baseball Coach
Coach Kennedy comes to Pinecrest Academy after serving as an assistant coach this past season at George Walton Academy. Coach Kennedy has 11 years’ experience as a Varsity Head Coach and has been very successful. He brings with him a career winning percentage of .699 and has led his teams to the State Playoffs eight of his 11 years as a head coach. In 2011, Coach Kennedy led Hebron Christian to its first State Championship. He has also won four Region titles, made two Elite 8 and four Sweet 16 appearances. Coach Kennedy has been named Region Coach of the Year four times and State Coach of the Year once by the Georgia Dugout Club. With 226 career wins as a Head Coach, Coach Kennedy has also helped over 30 players move on to play baseball collegiately or professionally.
Erin McGraw - Varsity Tennis
Erin McGraw has been coaching and teaching at Pinecrest Academy for nine years. She has served as Middle School Tennis Coach at Pinecrest for seven years, and is currently serving her third year as the Varsity Tennis Coach. Coach McGraw helped coach the Varsity Boys team to their first GHSA State Playoffs, making the Sweet 16 round in 2016. The Varsity Girls team made it to the GHSA Elite 8 round in 2016. McGraw also serves as the Middle and High School Theatrical Arts Teacher. She received the honor of Pinecrest Teacher of the Year in 2015-2016.
Domenic Martelli - Varsity Boys & Girls Soccer
Domenic Martelli has been teaching and coaching at Pinecrest Academy since 2015. Prior to coming to Pinecrest, Coach Martelli served in the following positions: Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at United States Military Academy - ARMY; Head Coach for New York Storm SC (in which they became New York State U18B Champions in 1996); Head Women's Soccer Coach at Georgia State University; Head Women's Soccer Coach at Georgia Gwinnett College. He was also part of the Eastern New York Olympic Development Staff, Georgia Olympic Development Staff, and US Soccer Region III Olympic Development Staff for many years. Since he began coaching at Pinecrest, the Boys and Girls Soccer Teams have reached the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 in the GHSA State Playoffs. Coach Martelli is a Middle School Math teacher at Pinecrest and is married to wife, Kirsten, who also teaches at Pinecrest. Their daughter, Brielle, is a freshman at the University of North Georgia, and their son, Nicholas, is a sophomore at Pinecrest Academy.
Terance Mathis - Varsity Football
Pinecrest welcomed Coach Terance Mathis as Head Football Coach in late Spring of 2017. After graduating from the University of New Mexico, Mathis played in the NFL for 13 seasons for teams including the New York Jets, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a two-time MVP during his tenure with the Falcons, and was Falcons Man of the Year for his community service. He played in the Pro-Bowl in 1994. After a successful professional career, he became the Offensive Coordinator for Savannah State University, then served as an Assistant Coach at South Forsyth Middle School. Prior to joining the Pinecrest coaching staff, Coach Mathis was an Assistant Coach and Head Freshman Coach at Lambert High School. Coach Mathis and his wife, Arnedia have a daughter, Terae, and son, Terance Jr.
Chad Morris - Varsity Fencing & Golf
Chad Morris helped start the Pinecrest Fencing program and has been coaching Fencing and Golf at Pinecrest for over four years. He also coaches at the Dunwoody Fencing Club. Students at Pinecrest have finished in the top 15 in individual fencing championships for the last two years. Two students have made the Junior Olympics Team, and one student is now part of the Cadet Puerto Rican team. Coach Morris helped establish Girls Varsity Golf and the Middle School Golf program. He also teaches High School Science. Coach Morris is married to wife, Tanya, and they have a daughter, Alyson.
Catherine Cooney - Varsity Cheerleading
Catherine Cooney has been part of Pinecrest Academy for three years, and this is her first as Varsity Cheerleading Coach. Coach Conney also coached Varsity Basketball Cheer during her time at St. Francis. Coach Cooney is the Department Chair for Mathematics in the High School and is mom to Ethan, who is in Kindergarten.
Jonathan Oshinski - Varsity Girls Basketball
Jonathan Oshinski is a Pinecrest alumnus (Class of 2010) and currently serves as the Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach and Middle School Baseball Coach. As a student, he played four years of varsity basketball and baseball and received a number of accolades in both sports. After graduating from Pinecrest, Oshinski attended The University of Georgia and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education. In addition to his studies, Oshinski served as a team manager for the UGA women’s basketball team and Hall of Fame coach, Andy Landers, from 2013-2015. In the fall of 2015, he began working as an assistant coach for the Varsity and JV Girls Basketball teams at Oconee County High School.
Upon returning to Pinecrest in 2016, he coached the 7th grade boys’ basketball team to win the Metro-10 Championship. In 2017, he coached both the 7th and 8th grade boys’ teams and reached the championship game again with the 8th grade boys. Oshinski also coaches middle school baseball and has recently completed a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Coaching Education from Georgia Southern University.
Mark Schmidt - Varsity Wrestling
Mark Schmidt has been coaching wrestling for over 36 years, two of which have been at Pinecrest Academy. He wrestled and coached at Oklahoma State University and was co-founder of the Poly-America Wrestling Club in Texas, which achieved six Texas Team State titles and hundreds of State Champions. As a private coach, athletes coached by Coach Schmidt have received over 700 tournament titles and 23 national individual championships. His team at W.T. High School in Texas won 2nd Place in the State Tournament and produced three individual champions. When he’s not coaching wrestling, Mr. Schmidt is the Vice President and Managing Partner of Coastal General Contractors and Mansion Properties. He has four children and two grandchildren.