Many Lions – One Pride!  This describes our teams, athletes and coaches…many different gifts, skills and talents, yet serving and competing alongside each other with common goals such as relationship, commitment, winning and team play!

ACA Athletics sponsors over 30 teams at various levels including 13 varsity teams that compete in the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association, as well as seasonal competition with other independent and public schools in North Carolina and the surrounding states.  Our certified coaching staff is comprised of some of the best high school coaches in western North Carolina, of which many have earned regional and national recognition.  This group of men and women make up a team of coaches whose priority is to help ACA meet the mission of the school through sport in a highly relational approach that also includes excellent technical and spiritual leadership.

Our teams have earned 19 state championships and dozens of conference crowns in a variety sports.  Many of our athletes choose to pursue the collegiate athletic experience at various levels, including NCAA D-1, after they graduate from ACA.  They are prepared for the rigors of college academics and athletic performance as a result of their time as an ACA Lion.

The ACA Athletic experience is embedded in an atmosphere that makes the spiritual, emotional and physical growth of our athletes a priority. ACA Athletics is vital to completing the educational mission of ACA. 

Joe Johnson
Director of Athletics
Joe.johnson@acalion.org

Athletic Office

DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS

HIGH SCHOOL
Cherryvale High School, Cherryvale, Kansas

COLLEGE
Independence Community College, Independence, Kansas
Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, BSED-Physical Education, Health and Social Studies; MSED-Secondary School Administration & Supervision

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High school basketball, golf and baseball

COACHING EXPERIENCE
Boys Youth Basketball Director, Cherryvale, Kansas, 1980
Jr. High Boys Basketball Coach, Asst. Baseball Coach, Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, Missouri, 1981-1983
Athletic Director,Head Boys Basketball Coach, Asst. Volleyball Coach
Minneapolis High School, KS 1984-1988
Head Boys Basketball/PE, Rose Hill High School, Kansas, 1988-1990
Head Boys Basketball Harrisonville High School, Missouri,1990-1999
Athletes in Action, Pro Ministry, 1999-2003
Nextplay Sports, Director, Basketball Operations, 2003-present
Director of Athletics, ACA, 2004-present

email: JOE.JOHNSON@ACALION.ORG
Phone: 828- 581-2202

 

Assistant Director of Athletics
Director of Soccer Operations
Head Men's and Women's Varsity Soccer

HIGH SCHOOL
Enka High School, Enka, North Carolina, 1997

COLLEGE
Montreat College, 2001

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High school basketball and soccer
College basketball, two years
College soccer, four year starter, three time All-Conference

COACHING EXPERIENCE
Varsity men's and women's head soccer coach ACA 2007-present
NCISAA 2A men's state runners- up (2009)
Varsity soccer coach James Island Christian School 2002-2007- two time SCISA 2A men's state runners-up (2002-2003), started women's program, two time SCISA 2A women's state champions (2006-07)

Email:  TERRY.HUGHES@ACALION.ORG

 

Athletic Trainer

email:  HEIDI.PIEPER@ACALION.ORG

phone:  (828) 273-0294

 

 

Director of Sports Excel
Head Varsity Women's Volleyball

HIGH SCHOOL
Stuarts Draft High School

COLLEGE
Roanoke College, BS Health and Human Performance, 2008
LaGrange College, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, 2011

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High School volleyball, basketball and soccer
College basketball (4 years) and volleyball (4 years)

COACHING EXPERIENCE
Asst. volleyball Northside High School (VA), 1 year
MS girls basketball coach, Cave Spring MS (VA), 1 year
Asst varsity women's basketball coach, LaGrange Academy (GA), 1 year
Asst volleyball coach, LaGrange College (GA), 2 years
MS girls basketball, ACA, 2011-present
Varsity women's volleyball, ACA, 2011-present

email: TORRI.RENDER@ACALION.ORG