Middle and high school athletic competitions play an important role in our national culture. It is not uncommon for parents and students to share an interest of participation in sports. Athletics are a vehicle that can be used to foster responsibility and cultivate leadership skills in students.  These are qualities that may be taken into consideration when applying to colleges.  

Just as in the classroom, GCS is committed to excellence within our athletic department. Concentration will be given towards health, physical development, leadership, perseverance, and integrity in competition.

Below are the opportunities to play sports at Grace:

Fall

Cross Country (Boys and Girls)

Volleyball (Girls)
Middle School/JV/Varsity

Soccer (Boys)
Middle School and Varsity

Winter

Basketball (Boys and Girl)
Middle School/JV/Varsity

Cheerleading (Girls)

Spring

Soccer (Girls)

Baseball (Boys)

Athletic News and Calendars


Click here for the 2020 Summer Athletic News

Click here for the Summer - Fall Athletic Calendar

Teams & Schedules



Schools Locations



School

Conference or Non Conference

Sport

Site

Address

Grace Christian

Conference

Baseball

Atlee Little League

8324 Whippoorwill Rd
Mechanicsville, Virginia 23116

Basketball

at School

8067 Atlee Road
Mechanicsville 23111

Soccer

Glover Park

11217 Greenwood Rd,
Glen Allen, VA 23059

Volleyball

at School

8067 Atlee Road
Mechanicsville 23111

Grove Christian

Conference

Baseball

Johnson Elementary

5600 Bethlehem Rd
Richmond, VA 23230

Basketball

at School

8701 Ridge Rd
Henrico, VA 23229

Soccer

Glover Park

11217 Greenwood Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23059

Volleyball

at School

8701 Ridge Rd
Henrico, VA 23229

Guardian Christian Academy

Conference

Baseball

Harry G. Daniel Park

6600 Whitepine Rd
Richmond, VA 23237

Basketball

at School

6851 Courthouse Rd
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Soccer

Dodd Park (Point of Rocks)

201 Enon Church Rd
Chester, VA 23836

Volleyball

at School

6851 Courthouse Rd
Chesterfield, VA 23832

The Carmel School

Conference

Baseball

Legacy Park Sports

8217 County Fair Lane
Ruther Glen, VA 22546

Basketball

at School

9020 Jericho Rd
Ruther Glen, VA 22546

Soccer

at School

9020 Jericho Rd
Ruther Glen, VA 22546

Volleyball

at School

9020 Jericho Rd
Ruther Glen, VA 22546

Williamsburg Christian Academy

 

Baseball

at School

101 School House Ln
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Conference

Basketball

at School

101 School House Ln
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Soccer

at School

101 School House Ln
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Volleyball

at School

101 School House Ln
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Amelia Academy

NonConference

Volleyball

at School

8741 N 5 Forks Rd
Amelia Court House, VA 23002

Banner Christian

NonConference

Volleyball

Bon Air Baptist Church

2531 Buford Rd
North Chesterfield, VA 23235

Basketball

Trinity Family Life Center

3601 Dill Road
Richmond, VA 23222

Soccer

Stratton Park

5201 Ridgedale Parkway
North Chesterfield, 23234

James River Home School

NonConference

Soccer

River City Sportsplex

13030 Genito Rd
Midlothian, VA 23112

Millwood School

NonConference

Baseball

at School

15100 Millwood School Ln
Midlothian, VA 23112

Basketball

at School

15100 Millwood School Ln
Midlothian, VA 23112

Richmond Christian

NonConference

Basketball

at School

6511 Belmont Rd
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Soccer

at School

6511 Belmont Rd
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Volleyball

at School

6511 Belmont Rd
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Salem Christian

NonConference

Soccer

Goochland Parks & Rec

2748 Dogtown Rd
Goochland, VA

Volleyball

Goochland Parks & Rec

1800 Sandy Hook Rd.
Goochland, VA

The New Community School

NonConference

Baseball

Klehr Field

8000 Diane Lane Henrico
VA 23227

Basketball

at School

4211 Hermitage Rd
Richmond, VA 23227

Soccer

at School

4211 Hermitage Rd
Richmond, VA 23227

Volleyball

at School

4211 Hermitage Rd
Richmond, VA 23227

Spirit Warhawks

NonConference

Soccer

Landmark Christian School

4000 Creighton Road
Henrico,VA 23223

Summit Christian Academy

NonConference

Volleyball

Upper School

4209 Big Bethel Road
Yorktown, VA 23693

Soccer

Lower School

69 Saunders Road
Newport News, VA 23601

Piedmont Christian

NonConference

Volleyball

at School

2382 Bethany Church Rd
Bumpass, VA 23024

Veritas

NonConference

Soccer

Bryan Park

4308 Hermitage Rd
Richmond, VA 23227

Fredericksburg Christian School

NonConference

Volleyball

at School

9400 Thornton Rolling Road
Fredericksburg VA 22408

Soccer

1898 Mills Drive
Fredericksburg VA 22408

Basketball

at School

9400 Thornton Rolling Road
Fredericksburg VA 22408


Athletic Requirements, Forms & Fees

All GCS athletes must complete the forms below before they are allowed to practice or compete with the school team. Students must also have met the minimum academic requirements.


Students that are successful in earning participation on an athletic team will be required to pay the athletic fees and sign the equipment usage agreement, if applicable.

An athletic fee of $100 must be paid for each sport a student participates in throughout the year. If a student participates in more than one sport per season, the fee is $75 for the second sport. Athletic fees contribute to costs associated with operating the athletic program such as officiating, equipment, and facilities.

Student Athlete Forms Physical Form  


Athletic Director & Coaches

Brian C. Shay
Athletic Director and PE Teacher
pe@grace-school.net

Coach Shay is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Marygrove College with a Master’s degree in The Art of Teaching. He also completed his Administrative Degree from the University of Dayton. Coach Shay spent over twenty years in Ohio as a classroom teacher, coach, athletic director and an administrative leader.

In 2010, he was called to leave the education field behind and travel north to Wisconsin to work at Rawhide, a Christian boys’ ranch for troubled teens. After one year, God lead him to Virginia where he spent two years as middle school math teacher in Henrico County Public Schools.

Coach Shay is ardent about seeing people of all ages growing in their relationship with the Lord, experiencing a heart transformation and applying God’s principles to their lives. His personal motto is, “it’s not just about knowing, it is about DOING. It’s not enough to know the will of the Father, it is about living it.” Coach Shay, his wife Angela, and their daughter Ainsley, are members of Fairmount Christian Church.


Rod Crooks
JV and Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach

Coach Crooks, the son of a pastor of 47 years, started coaching volleyball in 1982 in California. He spent 13 years in Christian Education and then shifted to the public schools for 21 years as a Physical Education teacher, coach, Athletic Director and being the FCA club sponsor.  He has coached volleyball for 24 years and has accumulated 513 wins, including multiple district and regional championships. Coach Crooks has coached gymnastics, girls tennis, boys and girls volleyball, softball, baseball, girls basketball, and boys basketball, including a two year stint at Oak Hill Academy as an assistant coach. In his over 28 years of coaching he has coached 90 different teams.

Coach Crooks has always used sports as his platform for sharing the gospel and was blessed to play basketball one summer in Africa with Sports Ambassadors. He strives to point others to Christ in all aspects of his coaching and build athletes of character, not just skill.

Coach Crooks and his wife Gail are members of Spotswood Baptist Church in Fredericksburg. He enjoys walking his two dogs, watching sports of all kinds in his stadium room, UVA Volleyball and traveling.



Heather Ferguson
Cross Country Coach

Heather Ferguson is the Director of Student Ministry at Compass Christian Church.  She has a passion for teen ministry, running "all the miles,” competing in OCR (obstacle course races) and living for Christ!  She is married to her high school sweetheart, Brandon and together they are raising their beautiful daughter, Zoey.  Heather loves to run, and loves to encourage teenagers to find their passion on the course as well. She has competed in several world championship 24 hour races, including the Spartan Iceland Ultra, World's Toughest Mudder, and Australia's True Grit Enduro 24 race.  At local races, she is known as the "Start Line Prayer Girl" as she offers a prayer for all the competitors before the race.  One of her favorite verses is 1st Corinthians 9:24. "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." She is looking forward to motivating our Kings to dig deeper, trust God more fervently and push harder on and off the trail.



Dwight Hedges
Varsity Boys and Girls Soccer Coach

Coach Hedges is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University in Missouri. He has played soccer and coached soccer teams for over twenty years in many different leagues and schools. He has lived in Mechanicsville for 18 years and is married to his wife, Gretchen, and they have been blessed with four children, Matthew, Bryson, Ethan, and Catherine.  Coach Hedges has had opportunities to coach through RIchmond Strikers, Richmond Kickers, Dynamos Soccer, and Hanover Basketball.

Coach Hedges is passionate about the game of soccer and loves teaching young people the foundations of this sport and to see players grow as an athlete and a person.   Above all else, Coach Hedges wants people to know that Jesus is his everything and wants to see others know Him as their Lord and Savior and to grow in their faith in Christ.

Coach Hedges is employed at Mechanicsville Baptist Church as the Associate Pastor and works in ministry with Children, Youth, Discipleship, Outreach, Recreation and Missions.



Todd Martin
Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach

Coach Martin is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University with a B.S. in Business. While at EMU,  he was a starter for the basketball team, and later coached the EMU women’s basketball team for one year before moving to Mechanicsville.  Coach Martin has been married to his wife, Amy, for 24 years.  They have been blessed with four children, Jordan, Nate, Cassie, and Drew.  While being a father, he has had multiple opportunities to coach through Mechanicsville Little League, Hanover Youth Basketball, Upwards Basketball, and Upwards Flag Football. 

Coach Martin is passionate about the game of basketball and teaching young people the fundamentals to be successful on and off the court.  Above all else, he wants to see people come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior and to help nurture their relationship with Him. 

Coach Martin is employed by Fairway Independent as a Branch Manager and has been in the mortgage industry for 25 years.  He enjoys playing basketball, golfing, and playing games of all kinds.  He and his family are active members of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Mechanicsville.


Mary Catherine Piland
Cheerleading Coach

Mrs. Piland is a lifelong resident of Hanover County. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master of Teaching Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also completed the course work for a Gifted and Talented Endorsement from the University of Virginia.
Before starting her family, she was a classroom teacher with Hanover County Public Schools. Mrs. Piland is a former cheerleader and gymnast with many years of experience. In her free time she enjoys physical fitness, singing, musicals, fishing, baking, and watching college basketball. She and her husband have two children. Mrs. Piland is a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Virginia.



Ed Riley
Girls’ Varsity and Middle School Basketball Coach

The game of basketball is no secret to Coach Ed Riley. From playing basketball for John Marshall high and AAU basketball for Tony Squires, Ed's route to perform at a high level was well on it's way. 

After high school Ed was chosen to be a member of the Christopher Newport University men's basketball program. As a member of CNU, Ed capture the eyes of many people while gaining several accomplishments as a captain. 2006 Six Man of the D3 South Region, 2006 USA South All-Tournament team, 2005-2006 USA South Championship, and 2007 USA South All -Tournament team. While playing at CNU, Ed great IQ and decision making allowed him to gain 750 points in only two seasons. 

After graduating from CNU with B.A. in sociology, Ed took his game to play semi-pro in the EBA for the Delaware Destroyers. After two seasons of play and learning the professional play, Ed decided to come back home to Richmond to teach and share what he was taught. 

Coming home to coach was something that Ed dreamed about while in college. Receiving his first coaching job as the youth director for the Richmond Midnight Basketball League was priceless. Staying there for 3 years, Ed grew the program from 15 kids to 60 kids. After expanding the Richmond Midnight Basketball League, Ed was ask to be the middle school girls and boys coach for Thompson Middle school in the city of Richmond. Taking the girls program from a record of 1-8 to 5-4 and the boys program from 2-7 to 6-3, the growth of two seasons assisted Ed in receiving the junior varsity head coach position at Armstrong High school in the city of Richmond. 

After a year there and a great time of learning different coaching styles and methods, Ed was ask to be the assistant coach of the varsity girls at TPLS Christian Academy in Midlothian. Studying the game under Coach Mike Davis, Ed increased his basketball IQ and knowledge of coaching to another level. Loving the training and skill development of the game of basketball, Ed developed his own training program, Hoops Basketball Academy. Designed to teach the fundamentals, increase self-esteem & confidence, and develop and sharpen players basketball IQ, Ed saw the need to teach the game instead of coaching to win.


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