The KONOS Academy Athletics program is open to the entire homeschool community in Fayette and surrounding counties. Each sport provides athletes with an opportunity to participate in competitive sports in a nurturing, Christ-centered environment.
Through our coaches/mentors, Konos Athletics strives to bring out the best in each athlete as we teach them to live out their faith in real ways, using the challenges presented through sports.
Co-Ed Cross Country
Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer
Other Possible Sports:
Konos has an opportunity to add countless sports, as the need is expressed. If you have an interest in coaching new sports or have children with interest in specific sports, please contact our Athletic Director, Michelle Villars, at email@example.com to discuss.
Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country
Schedule: Tryouts July; season early August through late October
Ages: K and up; runners will compete as Juniors, MS, or Varsity; race distance range .8 – 3.1 miles
Fees: $400 for first participant, discount for siblings; no registration fee; includes practice shirt
Coach: Michelle Villars, firstname.lastname@example.org, cell 404-234-8107
Schedule: Tryouts summer; practice shortly after in July; season begins mid-August
Ages: 5th grade and up; Middle School and Varsity teams
Fees: $600 for first participant, discount for siblings; no registration fee; includes practice shirt
Head Coach: Thong Do, email@example.com, cell 404-513-5152
Middle School Coach: Tripp Hicks, cell 770-634-6049
Schedule: Tryouts in mid-October; season begins late October
Ages: 5th grade and up
Fees: $600 for first participant, discount for siblings; no registration fee; includes practice shirt and 1 Hawks ticket per player
Varsity Coach: Josh Thornton, firstname.lastname@example.org, cell 770-560-1223
Middle School Coach: Colby Allen, email@example.com, cell 770-862-2700
Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer
Schedule: Spring season tryouts early January; season February-May
Ages: 5th grade and up boys and girls, fielding MSBoys and Girls, plus Vboys and Girls teams
Fees: $425 for first participant, discount for siblings; no registration fee; includes practice shirt to keep
Varsity Coach: Craig Smokowicz, firstname.lastname@example.org, cell 404-245-3133
Varsity Assistant Coach: Paul Wiley, email@example.com, cell 404-245-5283
Middle School Coach: Easton Burton, firstname.lastname@example.org, cell 706-601-4467
Boys’ Spring Baseball
Schedule: Tryouts in fall; season runs March-May
Ages: 9th-12th grade boys
Fees: $550 for first participant, discount for siblings; no registration fee; includes practice shirt and hat to keep. Player provides pants/socks/belt.
Coach: Eddie Sanchez (with Esteban Maldenado), email@example.com, cell 678-209-1033
Boys’ and Girls’ Golf
Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis
Schedule: Season runs Feb.-May
Ages: 6th-12th grade girls and boys (younger can play up with experience)
Fees: $300 for first participant, discount for siblings; no registration fee; team uniform shirt and hat is to keep. Player provides shorts/skirt.
Coach: Ray Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org, cell 770-460-7953
MICHELLE VILLARS (Athletic Director and Cross Country Coach) A graduate of Troy University, with a B.S. degree in business/marketing. Long-term homeschool mom of four sons, she has been competing in triathlons/running events for several years, including a half-iron man and many half and full marathon events. Coach Villars is an active member of the Peachtree City Running Club. Her oldest son serves in the U.S. Army, two sons are recent Konos graduates and her youngest is currently a freshman at Konos Academy. Michelle’s goals for the team are that they come together as a family throughout the season, they learn proper stretching/cool-down so they can run for years to come, they get faster, and most importantly they have FUN!
COLBY ALLEN (Middle School Basketball Coach) Colby has been involved in coaching basketball, baseball, soccer and football for more than ten years. He played collegiate football at Bridgewater College in Virginia where he earned a degree in Health Science. He moved on to Old Dominion University where he earned his Master of Physical Therapy Degree. Colby has always loved basketball and his passion for the game grew when he met and married Holley, who attended the University of Louisville. He is an avid Louisville fan (thanks to Holley) and follows the Cardinals’ program closely. Colby has taken his passion for sports to the healthcare arena where he serves as a physical therapist and works closely with athletes in the local area. Colby and Holley have been married for 15 years and have four children: Logan, Jocelyn, Kylee Grace and Macey. Colby enjoys weight-lifting, watching sports, reading and spending time with his family.
THONG DO a.k.a. COACH T (Varsity/JV Volleyball Coach) Thong has been coaching for more than five years at Tsunami Volleyball and has been playing for more than 10. He’s been to Nationals two years for the club and he is going again this year. Thong first picked up a volleyball and learned how to play from his youth leaders at church. He still practices and plays daily and tries to better himself every time he touches a volleyball. Volleyball is his passion and one day he hopes to coach a collegiate team. In his free time Thong really enjoys working out, playing all kinds of sports, and spending time with his friends and family.
TRIPP HICKS (Middle School Volleyball Coach) Tripp has been coaching volleyball at the middle school level for the past seven years and has coached at the club level for the past four years. He currently serves as an assistant club coach for Tsunami Volleyball and was the assistant middle school coach for KONOS in 2018. He started coaching volleyball in Coweta County at Arnall Middle School, where he served as a Special Education teacher for two years and as a Physical Education teacher for five years. Tripp received his bachelors degree from the University of West Georgia and his masters degree from Jacksonville State University. Tripp and his wife Jackie have three children who participate in KONOS athletics. He enjoys spending time with his family and going for long trail runs.
RAY LEWIS (Tennis Coach) Ray started playing tennis seriously after a knee injury at the start of the ninth grade made him miss the basketball team that year. He stuck with tennis and lettered three years in high school, playing doubles as a sophomore and singles both junior and senior year. He hasn’t played in several years, but volunteered to coach so that Konos could field a team this year — and because he still loves the game.
CRAIG SMOKOWICZ (Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Coach) Craig has been coaching youth soccer for 7 years. Although he played as a youth himself, his passion for the game took shape when he was living in Brazil. Craig has successfully completed the national soccer association G, F and State E licensing. He and his wife Ana have two children attending KONOS Academy. Craig has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He currently works for Delta Air Lines as an aircraft performance engineer. His desire is to teach the players godly life lessons through sports, engaging players to appreciate the importance of hard work and teamwork both on and off the pitch.
JOSHUA THORNTON (Varsity Basketball Coach) Josh is a sports fan at heart and has coached basketball, baseball, soccer, and football over the past 20 years. He was a member of the baseball team and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a BS degree in Land Use and Real Estate Economics. Josh has been managing, developing and financing projects in the commercial real estate industry throughout his career and also has a variety of other entrepreneurial pursuits. Josh and his wife Sarah have five children and he enjoys spending time with family, playing golf and cooking.
PAUL WILEY (Varsity Soccer) Paul has been coaching youth soccer for more than 10 years and has successfully completed the National D U.S. Soccer Licensing. Paul has an accounting degree, an MBA, and is a CPA. He is currently employed by Chick-fil-A where he has worked for the last 22 years. Paul and his wife, Cassie, are youth leaders in their church and have two children currently attending Konos.
GARY WOOD (Golf) A graduate of Mississippi College with a degree in Business/Marketing, Gary joins the Konos family as our first golf coach after retiring from the Coca-Cola Company. Gary has a passion for the Lord as well as a passion for golf. Ironically, Gary played on the first ever golf team at Mississippi College. Over the years, Gary has played golf on over 350 courses around the country, including Augusta National, East Lake, Trump National at Doral, Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Pinehurst #2, TPC Sawgrass, Butler National in Chicago, Bay Hill in Orlando, The Plantation Course in Kapalua, and The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Gary has 4 specific goals for each Konos golf team member: 1. Compete at your highest level, 2. Grow in your faith in Christ, 3. Learn new golf skills, and 4. Improve your golf etiquette. Gary and Becky have been married 34 years and live in Tyrone, Georgia. They have 2 sons, Garrett, who is a College Advisor at The First Academy in Orlando, Florida, and Spencer, who is the Head American Football Coach of the Belgium National Team in Brussels, Belgium.