Cape Fear Christian Academy intends to compete again in varsity girls soccer and will start the building process with a middle school team this spring.
The Eagles have named Derrick Pine, who developed the Lillington-based Revolution 12-and-under team that competed in the State Games last summer, as soccer coach. Pine will guide the middle school team this spring and will coach the varsity boys soccer team next fall.
CFCA athletic director Justin Boyles said Marty Priebe is the new CFCA baseball coach. Previously, Spencer Holmes had been named softball coach.
The softball team will scrimmage at Wake Christian on March 2 and officially begin play in a tournament at Halifax Academy on Saturday, March 3.
The first baseball game is at home against Southern Wake on Tuesday, March 6.
Boyles had coached the varsity boys soccer team. The Eagles were third in their first season in the Sandhills 2-A/1-A Conference in 2017, but did not make the NCISAA playoffs after receiving a postseason berth in 2016.
Josh Gilliam was a prolific scorer for the program, registering 10 goals in a game on his Senior Day, and will be among a sizeable contingent leaving CFCA.
Pine has been coaching on the recreation level the last four years and said he feels “blessed” to have the opportunity to coach at CFCA.
The private school has had girls soccer in the past, but softball has been the premier sport at the academy on Erwin Chapel Road for a long time.
Pine plans to have a travel team based at CFCA as a means to develop soccer talent and has been in preliminary discussions with officials in Holly Springs and Sanford about joining high-level leagues in those areas. He said CFCA administrators are on board with the concept.
“There are a lot of things happening,” Pine said. “It’s going to be an exciting time.”
The new coach said “hard work and intensity” are basics in his coaching philosophy.
The middle school girls team is scheduled to begin play at Sandhills Classical School on March 5 at 4 p.m. The first home game is scheduled for March 26 at 4 p.m. against Liberty Christian.