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 NonConference Sport Site Address
Grace Christian Conference 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 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 Basketball Everything Sports Complex 10810 Paulbrook Blvd.
Midlothian, VA 23112
Soccer Dodd Park (Point of Rocks) 201 Enon Church Rd
Chester, VA 23836
Volleyball Carver Academy 12400 Branders Bridge Rd
Chester, VA 23831
Williamsburg Christian Academy 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 at Bon Air Baptist Church 2531 Buford Rd
North Chesterfield, VA 23235
Colonial Heights REC NonConference Volleyball at Colonial Heights MS 500 Conduit Rd
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Dinwiddie High School NonConference Volleyball at School 11501 Boisseau Rd
Dinwiddie, VA 23841
James River Home School NonConference Soccer Stratton Park 5400 Ridgedale Pkwy
Richmond, VA 23234
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 Carmel School NonConference 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
The New Community School NonConference Basketball at School 4211 Hermitage Rd
Richmond, VA 23227
Soccer at School 4213 Hermitage Rd
Richmond, VA 23227
Volleyball at School 4212 Hermitage Rd
Richmond, VA 23227

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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