DAVIDSON – High school athletic teams at Davidson Day School will join a conference in the 2019-20 school year, the school announced.
The Patriots will be one of four schools in the newly formed Foothills Athletic Conference, part of the NCISAA 2A division. The school's teams are currently independent.
Other schools in the FAC will be Hickory Christian Academy, Statesville Christian School and University Christian High School in Hickory.
“We are thrilled to join the Foothills Athletic Conference as a charter member,” said Ron Johnson, athletic director at Davidson Day, in a statement. “Our student-athletes will enjoy the competitive conference matchups in the FAC, which is composed of similarly sized schools and teams that share compatible athletic and academic philosophies.”
In addition to enhancing its varsity and junior varsity programs, Davidson Day is finalizing plans for a new middle-school conference that will include members of the FAC.
“We are focused on ensuring an enriching experience for all of our students,” Johnson said. “Joining the FAC is a big win for Davidson Day, our students and our families as we continue to advance our athletics program.”
Joining a conference will allow the school's athletes to gain all-conference recognition and win league championships.
Davidson Day, which has plans to move its upper school campus to property acquired on N.C. 115 in Iredell County, has 15 varsity sports and others for middle school and fifth-grade students. Varsity boys and girls lacrosse will not be part of the FAC.
In February, the varsity girls basketball team won the NCISAA 2A state championship, the first for basketball in school history. That team’s coach, Jeff Lafave, resigned after four seasons with the Patriots.