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.

All courses taught at KONOS are approved by the NCAA.

FALL

Co-Ed Cross Country
Girls’ Volleyball
Shotgun/Skeet

WINTER

Boys’ Basketball
Girls’ Basketball

SPRING

Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer
Boys’ Baseball
Golf
Tennis

Other Possible Sports:
Konos Athletics can add additional sports as we have interest and coaches. If you’d like to discuss other options or if you are interested in  coaching, please contact our Athletic Director, Michelle Villars, at michelle@konos.org

Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country

Schedule: Tryouts July; season early August through late October
​Ages: K and up boys and girls; runners will compete as Juniors, MS, or Varsity; race distance range .8 – 3.1 miles
​Fees: $375 for first participant, discount for siblings; no registration fee; includes practice shirt
Coach: Michelle Villars, michelle@konos.org, cell 404-234-8107
Assistant Coach: Tripp Hicks

Girls’ Volleyball

​Schedule: Tryouts summer; practice begins shortly after in July; season begins mid-August
​Ages: 5th grade and up; Middle School and Varsity teams
​Fees: $650 for first participant, discount for siblings; no registration fee; includes practice shirt
Head Coach: Thong Do, thongdo05@gmail.com, cell 404-513-5152
Middle School Coach: Michael Ouy, Michael.L.Ouy@gmail.com, cell 678-467-1266

Shotgun/Skeet

Schedule: Season begins mid August, state championship in December.
Ages: Middle School and High School
Fees: $875 for season. $275 due at registration, $200 payments 9/1, 10/1, 11/1. Includes two tournaments and state meet.
Coach: Noel Salvanera, salvanera@gmail.com, cell 404-405-6059

Boys’ Basketball

​Schedule: Tryouts in mid-October; season begins late October
​Ages: 5th grade and up boys
​Fees: $650 for first participant, discount for siblings; no registration fee; includes practice shirt and 1 Hawks ticket per player
Varsity Coach: Colby Allen, colbyallen42@gmail.com, cell 770-862-270
Assistant Varsity Coach: Chad Fryer, chadfryer1111@gmail.com, cell 404-550-8396 
Middle School Coach: Lee Woodham, lee.woodham@freshpoint.com, cell 404-520-7406

Girls’ Basketball

Schedule: Tryouts in mid-October; season begins late October
Ages: Varsity girls, 8th grade eligible
Fees: $650 for first participant, discount for siblings; no registration fee; includes shooting shirt to keep
Coach: Jan Rubado,  konosbasketball@gmail.com,  cell 901-412-7653

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 Boys’ Coach: Craig Smokowicz, cascs@comcast.net, cell 404-245-3133
Varsity Girls’ Coach: Paul Wiley, paul.wiley@cfacorp.net, cell 404-245-5283
Middle School Coach: Easton Burton, easton.burton13@gmail.com, cell 706-601-4467

Boys’ Spring Baseball

​Schedule: Tryouts in fall; season runs March-May
​Ages: 9th-12th grade boys (middle school can “play up” with experience)
Fees: $600 for first participant, discount for siblings; no registration fee; includes practice shirt and hat to keep. Player provides pants/socks/belt.
Coach: Kirk Smith, baseball@konos.org, cell: 770-634-2081

Boys’ and Girls’ Golf

Schedule: Season runs Feb.-May
Ages: 9th-12th grade boys and girls (younger can play up with experience) 
Fees: $425 for first participant, discount for siblings; no registration fee; team uniform shirt and hat is to keep. Player provides shorts/skirt/pants.
Coach: Gary Wood, garydonwood@gmail.com, cell 678-313-6435

Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis

Schedule: Season runs Feb.-May
Ages: 6th-12th grade girls and boys (middle school can play up with experience)
Fees: $300 for first participant, discount for siblings; no registration fee; team uniform shirt is to keep. Player provides shorts/skirt.
Coach: Stephanie Rose, usmcrose@att.net, cell 770-845-9378

COACHES

MICHELLE VILLARS (Athletic Director and Cross Country Coach)  Married to David and mom to four sons. Their youngest is currently a senior at Konos Academy. 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 a member of the Peachtree City Running Club. Michelle’s goals for the team are that they come together as a family throughout the season, grow in their faith, learn proper warm-up/cool-down so they can run for years to come, get faster, and most importantly have FUN!

COLBY ALLEN (Varsity Basketball Coach)  Colby is beginning his fourth year with the Konos Basketball program. He served his first three years with the program as both the Head Middle School and Varsity Assistant Coach. 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 and later his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. 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 18 years and have five children: Logan, Jocelyn, Kylee Grace, Macey and Noah. Colby enjoys weight-lifting, watching sports, reading and investing time in his family. His vision for the basketball program is to develop strong, competitive basketball players who reflect the heart of Christ in the way they conduct themselves both on and off the court.

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.

CHAD FRYER, JR. (Assistant Varsity Basketball)  Chad joined the basketball program in 2017 as a junior and immediately bought into the family culture being built. He was a starter his senior year (2018) and committed himself to competing and making those around him better. Last season (2019) Chad served in the role of graduate-assistant and grew in his knowledge of basketball, love for the game, and leadership skills. Chad has a passion for the youth and discipleship. He’s determined to inspire and encourage others in their personal walk with the Father in every aspect of life. He plans to go into vocational ministry as he attends Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia next fall with a major in Youth ministry and Christian studies and a minor in business. Chad is an avid sports fan and loves both watching and playing in as many as he can. Under Coach Colby Allen’s leadership, Chad is eager to develop young men’s character through basketball and looks forward to seeing growth both on and off the court.

TRIPP HICKS (Assistant Cross Country 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. 

MICHAEL OUY (Middle School Volleyball Coach) Michael has been coaching club volleyball for three years at Tsunami Volleyball Club. Growing up, Michael enjoyed playing a variety of sports including basketball, tennis, track, and wrestling. He first learned about the game of volleyball at age 17 and his love for the game grew as he has played men’s volleyball at Georgia Tech for the past three years. He is currently pursuing his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and plans on graduating from Georgia Tech in December. In his free time, Michael enjoys hanging out with his friends, playing volleyball, and working out.

JAN RUBADO (Girls’ Basketball Coach)  This is Jan’s first year with Konos Athletics as the head coach for the Girls Varsity Basketball program. Jan played multiple sports throughout her high school career and played basketball at the collegiate level. After college, Jan immediately moved to Thailand where she taught English at the university level for two years. While working on her master’s degree in Texas, Jan met and married Steve Rubado. Only twelve weeks after the birth of their first daughter they moved to India. Throughout Jan’s career she has been passionate about people and healthy teaming. When Jan, her husband, and their three daughters returned to the States after nine years of working in India, Jan served as a facilitator of programming for Winshape Teams in Rome, GA. Jan also worked as an assistant basketball coach at Unity Christian School for two years before her family relocated to Sharpsburg, GA, to shorten her husband’s commute as he serves with Lifeshape Inc. Jan homeschools her three daughters who are at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.

 KIRK SMITH (Varsity Baseball Coach)  A graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelors degree in Golf and Sports Turf Management, he is the owner and president of Lawnsmith Inc., an Atlanta-based commercial landscape company. Coach Kirk has coached boys’ baseball for 18 years and it has always been an important part of his life. His mission is to develop men of character and integrity within a culture of greatness. He is an active member and leader of the Saints Prison Ministry, a ministry that takes softball into prisons nationwide to present the gospel. He has also been the men’s ministry leader at FFBC for 5 years. Kirk and his wife Mickie have been married for 19 years and have four wonderful children: Ty (16), Cole (14), Haley (12) and Luke (12). Not only does Coach Kirk love baseball and softball, he also loves anything outdoors, especially hunting and land management.

CRAIG SMOKOWICZ (Varsity Boys’ 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.

PAUL WILEY (Varsity Girls’ 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.

LEE WOODHAM (Middle School Boys Basketball)  Lee has been coaching recreational basketball and football for over 20 years. He studied Business Management at Francis Marion University. He has been in the Foodservice industry since college and is currently the President of the Atlanta Division of FreshPoint Produce. Lee has a passion for helping build winning cultures. He and his wife are active in the youth program at their church, and they also teach 9th grade Sunday School.  Lee stays active by running and still playing basketball and football.  He and his wife Denise have been married 21 years and have 2 boys, Jack and Jake who both participate in KONOS Athletics.