“Almighty God, I thank Thee for the gift of a physical body, Thy temple, so as to please Thee in all things. Grant that I may benefit from my training and experience, that I may play well and fairly, and that I may be gracious in both victory and defeat, through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Here, at the Atonement Academy, we strive for excellence in all things. Competition and comradery are well entwined into our Athletics Program. There are two sides to the program, both driven with the same aspirations to be healthy, have fun, and glorify God; the Physical Education and Health courses required for students.
Extracurricular Sports Program
The sports we offer are: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis, and Cross Country. Teams are based on gender, age, and Varsity or Junior Varsity. Student and parent involvement are what keeps each sport alive each season.
Mr. Jack Dorn is the Athletics Coordinator for The Atonement Academy.Coach Dorn comes from St. Edward’s University, where he spent four years as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach. During his tenure at St. Edward’s, the Hilltoppers amassed a record of 68-50 with two postseason appearances, including a runner up effort in the Heartland Conference Tournament in 2014-2015. He was responsible for recruiting and developing five All-Heartland Conference selections as well as three All-All-Heartland Conference selections.
Another notable figure in the gym is our head football coach, Former NFL Player, Mr. Dennis McKnight. He brings a wealth of experience both in his playing career and coaching career. Coach McKnight played college football at Drake University in Iowa before graduating with a degree in Education. After graduation, he continued his career in the National Football League for 11 years, playing for the San Diego Chargers, the Detroit Lions, and the Philadelphia Eagles. His years of playing at the professional level culminated in being voted a Pro Bowl alternate and Team Captain of the San Diego Chargers in 1988. After his playing career, Coach McKnight went on to coach at the collegiate level for 13 years beginning in 1999. His stops included the University of Hawaii, San Diego State University, SMU and Lamar University. At each of these places he was an Assistant Coach taking part in rebuilding a football program. For the past two years, Coach McKnight has been at St. Mary’s Catholic School in San Diego, California serving as Athletic Director and K-8 PE teacher. Coach McKnight and his wife Jodi are faithful Catholics and have been married for 37 years. They have two daughters, Nina and Erin. We are excited to have Coach McKnight join us, bringing his considerable experience and talent to both the football field and to the classroom.
Please visit our Sports Website at Atonementsports.com