Athletics
Athletics has a long-standing tradition of success at Pine Crest School. As educators, we believe that physical education, developmental and competitive sports, and the arts complement academics and character building.

We refer to our players as "student-athletes," as academics is the priority at Pine Crest. Our student-athletes must demonstrate their success in the classroom above all. 
 
Some of our student-athletes commit to playing their sport at the collegiate level, and some even advance to play professionally. Regardless, our alumni agree that the lessons learned on the fields, courts, track, and in the water translate to life skills that have benefited them well beyond Pine Crest.

Athletic Teams

Coaches

Our coaches are members of two professional development organizations: the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) and the Positive Coaching Alliance.  Our coaches receive specialized training in a positive, developmental approach with safety and injury prevention as the utmost priority. Coaches improve upon their craft in the profession by attending conferences and clinics periodically throughout the year.

Coaches and student-athletes have access to a fully-staffed, fully-equipped training room and weight room. Our facilities and equipment are sound and safe, and we all follow a very strict concussion protocol should any student-athlete experience a high-impact incident.

Training and Safety

Pine Crest Athletics considers the safety and well-being of our student-athletes to be our utmost priority. As Middle and Upper School sports increase in difficulty and competition, so does the risk of injury. We go to great lengths to implement recent, research-based training techniques using the safest equipment available on well-maintained fields, courts, and pools.
 
Our Head Athletic Trainer, Garrick Edwards, and his team are responsible for covering multiple sports, ages, and skill levels. Garrick, a nationally-recognized expert in the field of interscholastic athletic training, has raised the level of education and consciousness of student-athlete injury prevention and treatment at Pine Crest. Pine Crest School received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 1st Team Safe Sports School Award recently. This national award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes.
 
At least one trainer is present at all practices and games, watching the student-athletes and working alongside coaches to identify and triage any injuries. Should an injury of any type occur, student-athletes and parents are advised by a trainer to seek medical attention, and trainers work with the family's doctors on a treatment plan for return to play.
 
Head injuries receive an even higher level of attention, with all involved following a strict concussion protocol. If a suspected head injury occurs, Athletics works closely with parents, teachers, and medical professionals on a full recovery plan to ensure that the student-athlete is fully healed before returning to play.
 
Prevention is key. Trainers work with student-athletes on therapies and with coaches on practice plans throughout the year to better ensure that injuries do not take place and that the student-athlete is positioned to enjoy staying active well beyond their time playing for Pine Crest.

Collegiate Athletes

Student-athletes who intend to continue their athletic career at the college level demonstrate passion, a strong work ethic, and most of all, discipline.

At Pine Crest School, student-athletes are supported by their coaches, whose college contacts are some of the best in South Florida. Our coaches work with our college counselors to ensure a prospective college has the full picture of each student-athlete.

With the resources to train the entire athlete as well as assistance with editing and preparing highlight videos that showcase each student’s strengths, Pine Crest works with students to find the best fit and opportunity.

Athletic Facilities

FORT LAUDERDALE

  • Kelley Boat House & Dock
  • Savage Family Sports and Athletics Complex
  • Stacy Gymnasium
  • Munsey Gymnasium
  • Best Field
  • Banks Field
  • Jeffrey Elliott Track
  • Schlesinger Aquatics Center
  • Woodson Pool
  • Elementary School Pool
  • Lane Hall Athletic Fitness Center
  • Malinchak Tennis Courts & Office
  • Roschman Baseball Field & State of the Art Batting Cages
  • Softball Field
  • Boys' Varsity Locker Rooms & Physical Education Locker Rooms (Behring Building)

BOCA RATON

  • Zimmerman Family Complex
  • Gene Shafter Pool Complex
  • Gymnasium & Student Activity Center
  • George J. Capolla Athletic Field
  • 6 Tennis Courts including the Jacob Family Tennis Court / Schwartz Family Tennis Court, Toppers Family Tennis Court / Goldstein Family Tennis Court
  • Zander T. Football Field
  • Basketball Courts

BETWEEN BOTH CAMPUSES
  • 4 pools
  • 3 gyms
  • 3 multipurpose fields
  • 16 tennis courts

PCTV SPORTS BROADCASTING

The Sports Broadcasting organization is made up of students who are interested in pursuing a professional experience in the exciting field of live television and sports broadcasting. This offering is not limited to broadcast and film students currently in PCTV. All those interested may become active members and participate. Some of the positions that students may hold include color commentator, play-by-play, sideline reporter, producer, camera operator, graphics technician, technical director, director, crew chief, and truck engineer.

Since the 2012-2013 school year, most major athletic events are broadcast online at our website. This means that anyone, anywhere is able to watch live and cheer our Panthers on to victory. It provides a Pine Crest window to the world.

We utilize a fully equipped live production truck to execute these broadcasts, which allows us to broadcast from our campus as well as at away games across South Florida. Highlights of our Sports Broadcasting organization include live coverage of a multitude of sports including football, volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, as well as live coverage of our student athlete commitment signing ceremonies.

Athletic Hall of Fame

The Athletic Hall of Fame honors student-athlete alumni who made an outstanding contribution to athletics at Pine Crest School. The Pine Crest Board of Advisors established the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983 as their contribution to Pine Crest's 50th Anniversary celebration.

Criteria for selection into the Athletic Hall of Fame include:

  • graduating from Pine Crest at least five years before induction
  • exemplifying good citizenship
  • being outstanding in one's selected sport(s) at Pine Crest

The 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees:

Brooke Atkinson ’08 - Swimming
Emily Becker ’12 - Multi-sport - Lacrosse, Basketball
Lindsay Graff ’11 - Tennis
Traveon Henry ’12 - Football
Michael Pierson ’11 - Baseball
Phil Wellington ’91 - Soccer

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