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NCCS Eagles Football Racks Up Region Honors + Coach of the Year!

FOOTBALL HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR + PLAYER OF THE YEAR

In addition to being the 2023/2024 REGION CHAMPIONS, NCCS Eagles football racked up the All-Region honors! Join us in giving a very well deserved congratulations to Coach Matt Jones for being named Region Coach of the Year, and to Ray Dixon, Jr. for being named Region Defensive Player of the Year!

Head Coach of NCCS Eagles Football Matt Jones cheers on his players at a pep rally.

 

Head Coach Matt Jones coaches NCCS QB Teddy Jarrard during a game.

 

Raymond Dixon, North Cobb Christian School, named Region Defensive Player of the Year

In total, our Eagles Region Champs received an impressive 19 All-Region recognitions:

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE:

QB - Teddy Jarrard, North Cobb Christian, Fr.

WR - Will Hewitt, North Cobb Christian, Sr.

TE - Carson Bruce, North Cobb Christian, Fr.

OL - Mills Morris, North Cobb Christian, Sr.

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE:

DL - Beedjy Guerrier, North Cobb Christian, Jr.

LB - Spears Martin, North Cobb Christian, Jr.

LB - Thomas Hale, North Cobb Christian, Jr.

DB - Jaden Rivera, North Cobb Christian, Sr.

SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE:

OL - Jackson Elbert, North Cobb Christian, So.

ATH - Will Mosely, North Cobb Christian, Sr.

SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE:

LB - Alex Nelson, North Cobb Christian, Sr.

DB - Turner Davis, North Cobb Christian, Jr.

Honorable Mention | J.D. Aufderhiede (DE), Fr.; Coker Ormsby (WR), So.; Brody Archie (DB), Fr.; Michai Rowe (RB), Fr.; Denim Stevens (RB).


We're building something special with our football program at North Cobb Christian School ... onward and upward, EAGLES! 

NCCS Wins Baseball Head Coach and Assistant Coach Of The Year

 

Congratulations to Baseball Head Coach Jimmy Keane for being named COACH OF THE YEAR and to Baseball Assistant Coach Edgar Mercado for being named ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR! 


BASEBALL HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR

Varsity Baseball Head Coach Jimmy Keane was named Coach of the Year by Georgia Dugout Club. Coach Keane led our Eagles in dominance at the State Championship this past season, but he is no stranger to winning titles. As a student at North Cobb Christian School, himself, Coach Keane (class of 2006) was instrumental in helping the Eagles clench the State title in 2006. In fact, current Assistant Coach Ryan Moore (also class of 2006) was also on that team, and current Assistant Coach Gil Navarro was one of the coaches in 2006, as well! The photos below shows Coach Keane, Coach Moore, and Coach Navarro currently, as well as in 2006! 

What makes a baseball program more than just a baseball program? Stories and relationships like these. Once an Eagle … Always an Eagle. 

North Cobb Christian School Baseball Coaches show off their State rings as State Champions for Baseball.

 

Jimmy Keane in 2006 celebrating the state championship win with Coach Gil Navarro.

 


BASEBALL ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

Coach Edgar Mercado also won his second straight Georgia Dugout Club Assistant Coach Of the Year award this season. Coach Mercado serves as the Varsity Baseball Assistant Head Coach, as well as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for all NCCS student-athletes. Congratulations on an honor very well deserved, Coach! We appreciate and celebrate you!

Coach Edgar Mercado State Champs Celebration getting water dumped on him.

 

Coach Edgar Mercado smiling from the dugout at Truist Park.

 


We are so proud of our STELLAR North Cobb Christian School athletics programs, coaches, and athletes! GO EAGLES!


 

 

The NCCS Timothy Program | Peer Mentorship

The NCCS Timothy Program kicked off this fall with a memorable reveal breakfast, the annual tradition where mentors and mentees are introduced to each other! Each pair represents a commitment between an older and a younger student to meet together this year for mutual support and encouragement.

Two NCCS Students take photo together during Timothy Program breakfast.

Based on the ministry of Paul and his young friend Timothy, this program pairs over 200 students as mentors and mentees each year. In 1 Corinthians 4:17 God speaks to Paul about Timothy saying, "For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church." Many pairs stay together year after year, forming deep bonds.

Will you pray for these students — that God would bless them with His wisdom and authenticity this year? We love the voluntary commitment of our students to invest in each other as a family! 

Learn more about the Timothy Program here. 

 

 

Higher Grounds Coffee Cart

A hot cup of happiness! NCCS Business Academy entrepreneurship students just launched a steaming hot new business idea this fall! Are you ready??? This September, Higher Grounds Coffee OPENED for business, serving the students, faculty, staff, community, and all NCCS families with a delicious cup of joe! This business is completely student-led and operated — from naming to branding to researching the coffee-making process. 

Higher Grounds is beginning as a mobile coffee cart, helping our Business Academy students practice their trade in the coffee industry before launching our on-campus cafe next year in phase two of our Upper School facility. 

Earlier this fall, students took an R+D field trip to Apotheos Roastery, one of the business’s official suppliers for coffee grounds and iced coffee. They also built and outfitted their coffee cart.

The students launched with a basic menu and will expand offerings as the business grows. The name “Higher Grounds” was selected as a reference to the business’s mission verse: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (James 4:10).

Business Academy Director Ryan Moore says that his students “just want to uplift others as they start their day or help them recharge for the afternoon by offering high-quality coffee, the best customer service, and an opportunity to enjoy a time of fellowship with others.” We can’t wait to support this new venture … bring on the coffee!

NCCS welcomes two new softball coaches!


NCCS Softball is having a banner year!!

Our varsity girls have a 3 - 0 region record and a 9 - 3 - 1 overall record, boasting a strong 73% winning percentage so far this season. This year, North Cobb Christian School welcomed two new varsity softball coaches to our experienced Eagles coaching staff, who are undoubtedly contributing to the team’s success. Father-daughter dynamic duo John Legere and Rachel LaPrad have brought a fresh energy and expanded potential to Lady Eagles Softball. 


John Legere

John Legere NCCS Softball Coach

John Legere is originally from Knoxville but has lived in Cobb County since the 1980s. He graduated from South Cobb High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kennesaw State University. John has been coaching fastpitch softball for 17 years, primarily coaching national-level travel teams. For the past three years, John has coached the 16U Gold team for the East Cobb Bullets organization, finishing in the top 10 at multiple national tournaments. John also served as the varsity softball coach for Pace Academy from 2017-2019. While at Pace, he led the varsity team to a GHSA-AAA Sweet 16 finish in 2019. 

John is currently a NFCA 2-Star Master Coach and is continually taking advantage of learning opportunities to help grow his knowledge. Over the years, John has coached over 50 young ladies who have gone on to play softball at the collegiate level. 

John has been married to his wife Jennifer for over 25 years; he has a daughter, Rachel, and a son, Ross. He also has one granddaughter, Whitney Alexandra.


Rachel LaPrad

Rachel LaPrad, NCCS Softball Coach

Rachel LaPrad is a Kennesaw native who has been involved in the softball world for 15-plus years. During her playing career, Rachel’s primary positions were first and second base. While earning a varsity letter for softball at Allatoona High School, Rachel also played for the East Cobb Bullets for four years. She competed twice at PGF Nationals in Huntington Beach, CA, and multiple times at the ASA Nationals throughout the country. Rachel previously played collegiate softball for Kennesaw State University while majoring in marketing. 

During her professional career, Rachel has served as a coach in both team and private-lesson environments. She gave both hitting and fielding lessons at D-BAT West Cobb for three years while coaching the varsity softball team at Pace Academy for two years. Additionally, Rachel coached at Mount Paran Christian School for the 2020 season, helping guide the team to a GHSA State Championship. 

In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, Gunter, and her 1-year-old daughter, Whitney.


Coach Legere and Coach LaPrad are supported by a strong roster of softball coaches at NCCS, including Varsity Head Softball Coach / Varsity Head Baseball Coach Jimmy Keane and Varsity Assistant Softball Coach Nate Rupp, as well as Middle School Softball coaches Robert Gnann, Ali Dunn, and Rod Smith. 

We are proud of these coaches and their athletes for continually pursuing excellence while seeking God’s glory in all things.

The best is yet to come for NCCS Softball! GO EAGLES!