KONOS Sports

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.

FALL

Co-Ed Cross Country
Girls’ Volleyball

WINTER

Boys’ Basketball

SPRING

Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer
Boys’ Baseball
Golf

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 michelle@konos.org to discuss.

PDF – Parents and Players Sports Affirmation/ Agreement

Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country

Schedule: Tryouts July 2018; season begins in early August through late October
​Ages: 9 years (fourth grade) and up; runners will compete as either Juniors, MS, or Varsity
​Fees: $350 for first participant; $175 for siblings; additional discount for more siblings
​Coach: Michelle Villars, mlvillars@bellsouth.net, 404-234-8107

Girls’ Volleyball

​Schedule: Tryouts summer 2018; practice shortly after July 2018; season begins mid August through Oct.
​Ages: 5th grade and up; Middle School and Varsity teams
​Fees: $550 for first participant; $275 for siblings
Head Coach: Thong Do, thongdo05@gmail.com, 404-513-5152
Asst. Coach: Marielle Hersey, marielle@konos.org

Boys’ Basketball

​Schedule: Tryouts in mid October 2018; season begins late October
​Ages: Middle School and Varsity teams
​Fees: $500 for first participant; $250 for siblings
Varsity Coach: Josh Thornton, joshuaathornton@icloud.com, 770-560-1223
​Asst. Coach: Colby Allen, colbyallen42@gmail.com

Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer

​​Schedule: Spring season tryouts early January 2018
​​Ages: 6th grade and up boys and girls
​​Fees: $350 for first participant; $175 for siblings
​​Varsity Coach: Craig Smokowicz, cascs@comcast.net, 404-245-3133
Varsity Coach: Paul Wiley, paul.wiley@cfacorp.com, 404-245-5283
Middle School Coach: Easton Burton, easton.burton13@gmail.com

Boys’ Spring Baseball

​Schedule: Season runs March-May
​Ages: 9th-12th grade boys
Fees: $500 for first participant; $250 for siblings
More info: Michelle Villars mlvillars@bellsouth.net

Boys and Girls Golf

Schedule: Spring season tryouts early January 2018
Ages: Varsity, with golf experience 
Fees: TBD
Coach: Gary Wood, garydonwood@gmail.com

COACHES

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 (Assistant 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.

MARIELLE C. HERSEY (Middle School Volleyball Coach)  Marielle was an assistant volleyball coach at Heritage Christian School during her daughter’s participation. She played collegiate tennis and volleyball. Marielle also holds a black belt in Cha Yun Do. She has homeschooled her children for 20 years and is a mathematics teacher at Konos Academy. Marielle continues to play on a coed volleyball team in Peachtree City and has also played on various competitive tennis leagues since her family moved here 12 years ago. Marielle enjoys working with students and looks forward to the upcoming season.

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 (Middle School 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 over 10 years and has successfully completed the National F, 9v9, and 11v11 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 21 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.