Athletics

Dominion offers a variety of interscholastic athletic teams.  Our school strives to honor Christ through athletic competition by being a testimony to the world and an encouragement to all participants.  Competitive athletic programs also instill discipline, character and integrity in a way that we cannot teach in the classroom setting.  In addition to promoting a holistic educational program (mind, body and spirit), Dominion provides an athletic program to help foster these characteristics.  We place our emphasis upon proper training habits, sportsmanship and conduct.  Our hope and expectation is that students, parents and coaches who participate in the athletics program will exemplify positive character and integrity in all of their interactions with others.

Dominion's athletic philosophy is founded on four biblical passages and the lessons we can learn from them:

  • Colossians 3:23 (Do everything as if you were doing it for the Lord.)
  • Ephesians 4:29 (Do not tear people down with your words, build them up.)
  • Matthew 25:14-30 (Use the talents God has given you.)
  • 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 (Everyone plays a unique and valuable role on the team, just like the body of Christ.)

Program Offerings

Dominion's athletic program offerings include:

Fall - Cross Country, Middle School Girls Volleyball

Winter - Basketball

Spring - Soccer, Flag Football

NVIAC

The Northern Virginia Independent Athletic Conference was established in 1997, with teams across the northern Virginia area. The NVIAC dedicated to the purpose of bringing glory to God.  Member schools realize the benefits that occur for our students from uniting in our athletic goals and strive to promote and administer athletic competition which will enhance the development of our students and the relationships of the member schools.

Today, the NVIAC holds eleven members within the conference and hosts Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Middle school leagues and tournaments for basketball, soccer, volleyball, cross country, and flag football.

Dominion has been a member of the conference since 2013.

For more information about the NVIAC, click here.

Meet our coaches

 

Coach Daniel Padilla - Middle School Girls Soccer and Basketball, Girls Varsity Basketball

Coach Daniel has been coaching in a variety of roles since 2010, serving as an instructor, Camp director or coach.  Coach Padilla grew up in the Washington, D.C. area playing travel soccer and basketball all throughout his youth.  He returned to the D.C. area during his junior year at Washington Christian Academy, where in his first season became team captain, and an all MISAL 1st team player as a center defensive midfielder.  In basketball, he joined a talented team where he was the 6th man on a championship winning team. In his senior year, his soccer team won the MISAL tournament.  That year he also captained the basketball team in his final season.

Coach Padilla attended George Mason University to Study Sports Management, and became a student leader in Mason CRU, a Christian campus ministry.  It was there that he took ownership of his faith and began stepping out in faith by leading and became bold in his proclamation of the gospel.  Daniel attends Sojurn Church in Fairfax Virginia, along with his wife Ally.

 

Coach Garrett Cichowitz -  Cross Country

Coach Cichowitz started the cross country program at Dominion and has served as the head coach for the middle and upper school cross-country programs since the fall of 2012.  Prior to coaching, he ran cross-country and track for Grove City College at the NCAA Division III level.  Coach Cichowitz enjoyed a successful career at the collegiate level as a three-time conference champion, four-time Academic All-American, and 3-time national qualifier.  Grove City College honored him as senior athlete of the year for his successful running career and record-breaking performances in the 8k and 10k races.  If you were to ask Coach Cichowitz what he loves most about coaching, he would tell you that coaching is a platform to create and share with others a passionate community of athletes seeking to grow and to spur one another on towards excellence athletically, spiritually, and relationally.  He currently attends the Falls Church Anglican.

 

Coach Peter Mun - Varsity Boys Basketball

Coach Peter Mun, or “Coach Pete” as he is known to his players, grew up in Northern Virginia for most of his life.  He began playing basketball when he was 8 years old and fell in love with the game instantly.  He initially played for his local county team and was later recruited to play for an AAU team.  During his second year in college, he gave his life to Jesus Christ and soon received a call into ministry.  As he began to pursue ministry, doors opened for him in the game of basketball.  In 2007, he was asked to help direct and coach a statewide church league focused on reaching out to youth.  His love and passion for basketball grew as he realized that it could be used as a tool to share the love of Jesus Christ with young people.  In 2008, he was asked to co-direct and coach a new after school basketball program at Christian Center School in Franconia, Springfield.

In 2011, Coach Pete and his wife moved to South Korea to help plant a new International Church in the International City of Songdo-Incheon.  It was there that Coach Pete became Director and Commissioner for an all-city tournament league made up of schools, corporate companies, and churches.  In the fall of 2015, Coach Pete and his family moved back to Northern Virginia receiving a call from the Lord to plant a new church.

Coach Pete has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Religion from Liberty University and his Masters of Divinity in Professional Ministries from Liberty Theological Seminary.  He is the Founding Pastor of The Generation Church and is currently serving as the Church Planting Apprentice at Potomac Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia.  He and his wife Jennifer have two beautiful children, Timothy (Timmy) and Elizabeth (Bethy).

 

Coach Stephanie Hagan - Girls Middle School Volleyball

Coach Hagen grew up playing volleyball and had several opportunities since the end of her playing career to work with her former coaches and assist with their teams.  Her love for volleyball began in elementary school when her mother would share stories of playing for her high school team. Benefiting from her proximity to the Freedom Center in Prince William County, she had the opportunity to join summer volleyball camps after third grade.  Her first team experience came in sixth grade when she was one of two sixth graders to make the Marstellar Middle School JV team.  It was such a fun experience that she continued skill building in the SYA travel volleyball teams and later went back to the MMS JV as captain in seventh grade.  In eighth grade she served as Varsity Captain and brought MMS their first 1st place trophy in over 15 years!

Coach Hagen continued to play volleyball through high school, finding many successes along the way.  In college she played intramural and recreational volleyball while prioritizing her studies.

Coach Hagen graduated from George Mason University earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science with Honors.  She now leads a team of software engineers at Lockheed Martin.  She and her husband live in the Chantilly and attend Centreville Baptist Church.  where she has been very involved for 15 years. Coach Hagen is passionate about volleyball and hopes to inspire the team to love the game as much as she does, but more importantly, she hopes to help the girls to grow closer to Christ and develop into young women who praise Him in all things.

 

Coach Priya Zellner - Varsity Girls Soccer, Assistant for Middle School Girls Soccer

Coach Priya has been playing soccer since she was six years old, and began playing travel soccer in fourth grade.  She attended Marquette High School in St. Louis, MO with about 2,400 students.  While there, she played on the varsity team all four years.  Coach Priya came to Northern Virginia to study Psychology and Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.  She played club soccer each year as a student.  After graduating, she continued her involvement with GMU Club Soccer as a coach.

Coach Priya is in her third year of working for Mason CRU.  In the spring of 2016, she joined a sub-ministry of CRU, Bridges International.  There are We over 3,000 international students at GMU, and she is excited to get to share the Gospel with them.  Whether it is i ministry or soccer, she loves teaching others and to see people grow.  She loves building relationships and investing herself in others.

One of Coach Priya's favorite aspects of soccer is the community that naturally comes with being on a team.  She looks forward to coaching at a Christian school because there are so many connections between sports and our faith!  Coach Priya, and her husband Nathan, attends Chantilly Bible Church.