Lanier Christian has been in existence for only 6 several years, and shares its campus with Chestnut Mountain Church in the vicinity of Flowery Department.
The recent faculty came jointly when North Ga Christian and Heritage Christian, of Braselton, merged on the home on Strickland Street in south Hall.
Anderson mentioned with a thriving scholar population, about 425 in kindergarten-12th grade, that creating burgeoning sports applications is sustainable in a faith-dependent atmosphere.
“As a Christian college, we are intentional and deliberate in creating our athletes to depict Christ on the actively playing subject,” Anderson claimed.
In 2020-21, the Lightning concluded Georgia Affiliation of Personal and Parochial Colleges Division-II state runner-up in football, women cross place and women swimming.
To be a even more attract, for the long run, is the construction of Lanier Christian’s very own campus, in 3 phases, in the house adjacent to its latest locale. Lanier Christian’s athletics director explained no time table for completion is nonetheless identified.
At present, the most significant buzz all over Lanier Christian Academy is the progress of its soccer software in its first year beneath retired Gainesville Higher coach Bruce Miller. The new mentor for the Lightning’s eight-male group had 10 double-digit acquire seasons with the Crimson Elephants involving 2002-2017, highlighted by the Class 5A condition championship in 2012.
Anderson jokes that he tried out to scare Miller off when his title entered the conversation for the head coaching position.
“I wanted coach Miller to know what he was going for walks into,” claimed Anderson, who spent his initial 16 years in training at Chestatee.
On the other hand, the veteran head coach did not flinch at going down to a developmental application, which plays its residence game titles at Gainesville Center College.
At the moment, Lanier Christian’s mentor has three of his previous gamers in the NFL, two starting off (Deshaun Watson and Alexander Johnson).
“These little ones are in awe of coach Miller and he’s earning soccer so exciting for them,” Anderson said. “He’s ready to come in here and operate his process the way he wants.”
This time, the soccer system will be steered by Carter Raulerson (QB/WR/RB/DB), Isaac Dinn (MLB/RB) and Gabe Jaramillo (OL/DL).
With minimal numbers on varsity, soccer is a fight for the finest conditioning at Lanier Christian.
“Our gamers have to play generally, not just both strategies,” Anderson quipped.
Also, in the fall, Lanier Christian expects sustained success in women cross region with the return of seniors Ellie Danielson and Krisalyn Henderson.
Last time, the Woman Lightning ended up state quarterfinalists in volleyball and have 2020 All-Region alternatives Emma Kate Kalinauskas, Nadia Lulinski and Evelyn Keefer all back on the court.
In boys basketball (Sweet 16 in 2021) the Lightning are led with the return of Jackson Wilson and Luke Winkler, when the girls’ method (2021 point out quarterfinals) has seniors Ashley Avery and Lily Martin back again this year.
Swimming is an additional power of Lanier Christian’s athletics. The most important identify coming again for the ladies is Henderson, who gained a few gold medals at the 2021 state meet, along with fellow senior Ellie Danielson. Girls soccer and baseball systems for the Lightning are also coming off state quarterfinal operates in 2021.
For the girls’ soccer program, the Girl Lightning are led by All-Condition selection Anna Fisher and junior Lydia Johnson.
In baseball, Camden Hohman, Raulerson and Caleb Moore are all predicted back in the spring.
Anderson stated that Lanier Christian is hoping to make it stand out among the other private universities in the location, as perfectly as make it an attractive possibility for mothers and fathers who at present have their kids in general public faculties.
Lanier Christian’s athletics director is thrilled to say that 70 % of its middle faculty and significant school pupils are collaborating in athletics.
“We’re hoping to build a community and have anyone acquire in and maintain that going for the potential,” Anderson claimed.