We LIVE to Play.

There’s much more to the athletics story at the American Hebrew Academy than just team sports, but that’s a good place to start.

Get in the GAME.

We offer over 15 varsity sports including baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Our students have become state champions, academic athletes, all conference award winners, and state “all stars.” We also participate in regional tournaments with other private schools from around the Southeast and Washington, D.C.
We offer many different interscholastic sports teams and compete in the Triad Athletic Association league, one of the most prestigious leagues in North Carolina.

Athletic Facilities at the Academy

Our sports facilities are “first class” from our collegiate-level athletic fields to our $18 million 88,000 sq. ft. athletic center and natatorium, complete with a rock climbing facility with an 8-lane “waveless” competition pool, raquetball court, weight training and aerobic center. We maintain 2 soccer fields, 1 practice field, a baseball field, softball field, soccer stadium with 440m track and 6 tennis courts, all with outdoor lighting for year round play, all maintained to collegiate standards.

At the American Hebrew Academy, we believe in educating mind, body, and soul. As for the body, we require all students to take physical education courses or participate in team sports each year in order to meet graduation requirements.

We've got game at the Academy. So bring it!

At the American Hebrew Academy our scholar athletes have gone on to compete at the collegiate level in basketball, soccer and swimming. We boast All-State (NCISAA) honorees in basketball, soccer, swimming, track and field and cross country. In addition to our All-State athletes, we have many athletes who have earned All League honors in the Triad Athletic Conference from our many varsity sports offerings.

Varsity Sports

The American Hebrew Academy is a member of the NCISAA (2A) and competes in the Triad Athletic Conference, one of the top leagues in the state of North Carolina. The TAC includes the American Hebrew Academy, Burlington Christian Academy, Caldwell Academy, Carolina Friends School, The Burlington School, Salem Academy (girls only), Salem Baptist Christian School, Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill and Westchester Country Day School.

Our coaching staff reflects a serious commitment to Academics and Athletics. They lead by example.


Phil Papier

Dean of Athletics

MS, Sports Studies; 2 time Washington Post high school basketball coach of the year – Potomac Valley Athletic Conference; League President – Potomac Valley Athletic Conference; 30 years in Athletic Administration and Sports Camps


Mike Johnston

Associate Athletic Director

Associate Athletic Director – MS Sports Physiology; 3 time soccer coach of the year – Triad Athletic Conference; former College Soccer Coach – Guilford College


Danielle Ross

Athletic Trainer

MS Athletic Training; Certified Athletic Trainer, NC, College Lacrosse Player


Kevin Thornton

Aquatics Director/Swim coach

MS Exercise Physiology; Rhode Island Swimming Hall of Fame, and Brown University Athletics Hall of Fame as Varsity Swim Coach (Division 1 and Ivy League); Coached Olympic Medalist in swimming


Dr. DeAnne Brooks

Track and Field

PhD Sports Science; former Division 1 Track and Field Coach (Elon University); College All American in Track and Field UNC


Dr. Aaron Terranova

Track and Cross Country

Sports Medicine at UNCG


Jean Lojko


MS Heath and Physical Education (Appalachian State University); 34 years at Greensboro College; inducted in both the Greensboro College and Guilford County Sports Halls of Fame


Tom Christopher

English Teacher and Cross Country Coach