High School Athletics at ACS

Discover the Strength of the Den

As Christians — and as ambassadors for Christ — we strive for excellence in everything that we do, including academics, spiritual formation, and athletics.

With the Ambassador Christian Lions, your teen will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from respected, sought-after coaches and trainers.
  • Benefit from playing as a Team Nike school with approval to wear the Jordan “Jumpman” logo.
  • Benefit from being a ‘Team Vicis’ flagship school with all football players wearing the top rated Vicis helmet, recognized as the safest football helmet on the market.
  • Have access to the nation’s largest Human Performance Institute, where the use of biomechanics and performance analytics will help build individualized training programs for our athletes to help maximize development and minimize injuries.
  • Compete with some of the top teams in the state and region
discover a higher level of character and competition
welcome to the 2024-2025 Lions
Have Access To Train At Professional Athletic Facilities
meet your coaches
Create a Legacy of Athletic Achievement

Tour our facilities and learn more about our high school sports programs firsthand.


Discover a Higher Level of Character and Competition

Through athletics, we’re developing a culture where your teen and their teammates see themselves as diamonds. Diamonds are tough, enduring, and consistent. Plus, they are known for excellence, commitment, love, and purity

The diamond, like each person, is made up of characteristics that make us each different. And, at ACS, unique giftedness is celebrated, and individual strengths are developed.

Your student-athlete will carry these lessons — and their calling — with them long after they leave the playing field.

Welcome to the 2024-2025 Lions High School Sports Teams



Boys Soccer

Boys Cross Country

Girls Volleyball

Girls Golf

Girls Cross Country

Girls Tennis

Girls Cheerleading


Boys Basketball

Boys Wrestling

Girls Basketball

Girls Cheerleading



Boys Golf

Boys Tennis

Boys Track


Girls Soccer

Girls Track

Boys Lacrosse

Have Access To Train At Professional Athletic Facilities

No matter what sport your teen enjoys, we’re committed to providing top-tier facilities and coaching.


This summer, our athletes will work out at Joe Gibbs Racing, using the weight room, the turf field, and have access to the Human Performance Institute, which typically only grants access to professional athletes to analyze and personalize their training programs.


By the fall, our gymnasium and weight room on campus will be renovated and ready to open. Next, we’ll work on adding turf fields to our 28-acre campus.

Meet Your Coaches

Jay Poag

Athletic Director & Head Football Coach

Jay comes to ACS with over 30 years of coaching experience at both the college and high school level. A Davidson College four-year football letterman (‘87), he has had coaching stops at NC State, Lenoir-Rhyne, Presbyterian College, and Davidson. Most recently, he served as dean of students and head football coach at Christian Heritage School in Dalton, GA, where his teams qualified for the state playoffs five years in a row. He was named the Georgia region Coach of the Year in 2020 after leading his squad to an 11-1 record and the school’s first region championship.

“Any great organization starts with its people.  I’ve been so impressed with the foundation of personnel that have been hired and with their excitement for wanting to point high school students toward the Kingdom target! I feel like a lifetime of experiences has led me to this point in time. I feel honored and blessed to be on the team.” 


Athletic Staff News and Announcements

Coaches and athletes will continue to join the Den throughout the spring and summer. Our leadership team page will share the most up-to-date announcements and coach bios.

“As I began to hear about Ambassador, and as I got to meet the people involved with the founding of the school, it seemed quite like providence. I firmly believe in the school’s values of truth, hope, virtue, and purpose. I often tell people I’m not a coach who ’happens to be’ a Christian… I’m a Christian, who has been CALLED to be a coach as my purpose. I cannot wait to share that purpose with the Ambassador community.”

– Stephen Chaconas, boys soccer head coach

“ACS athletics is creating something special in which I have been excited to be a part of since the beginning.  Our athletic program emphasizes both Christian development and athletic excellence, which align with my top priorities as a coach. I see volleyball as a vessel to help young women mature in their faith, confidence and character all while pursuing excellence on the volleyball court.  I am honored to work alongside our coaching staff in a school that has such a like minded vision!”



Become a Lion.

We’ll happily walk you through the ACS admissions process step by step and tell you more about our approach to helping your teen reach their academic, spiritual, and athletic goals.


Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at We’re excited to meet you soon!