Dominion offers a variety of interscholastic athletic teams. Consistent with our school-wide mission, the athletic program aims to instill character and integrity in our students. Competitive athletic programs also impart 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. Likewise, our desire and expectation is for our students, parents, and coaches to exemplify positive character and integrity in all of their interactions with others.
Dominion's athletic philosophy is founded upon four principles derived from Biblical passages:
- Do everything as if you were doing it for the Lord (Colossians 3:23).
- Do not tear people down with your words; build them up (Ephesians 4:29).
- Use the talents God has given you (Matthew 25:14-30).
- We were made to exist in community, and we each play a valuable role (1 Corinthians 12:12-26).
Dominion's athletic program offerings include:
Fall - Middle & Upper School Co-ed Cross Country, Middle School Girls' Volleyball, Middle School Boys' Soccer
Winter - Middle School Boys' Basketball, Middle School Girls' Basketball, Upper School Men's Basketball, Upper School Women's Basketball
Spring - Middle School Girls' Soccer, Upper School Women's Soccer, Middle School Boys' Flag Football
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, Middle School Girls' Basketball, & Varsity Women's Basketball
Since 2010, Coach Padilla has gained coaching experience in a variety of roles, serving as an instructor, athletic camp director, and coach in a variety of settings. Coach Padilla grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, playing travel soccer and basketball throughout his youth. After moving away from the area for a season of his childhood, he returned during his junior year to attend Washington Christian Academy. There, he became team captain in his first season, and he became an all MISAL 1st team player as a center defensive midfielder. In basketball, he was part of a talented team where he was the sixth man on a championship winning team. In his senior year, his soccer team won the MISAL tournament. He also captained the basketball team in his final season.
Coach Padilla attended George Mason University to Study Sports Management, and he became a student leader in Mason CRU, a Christian campus ministry. While at George Mason, he took ownership of his faith and began stepping out into leadership positions. He 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 he has served as the head coach for the middle and upper school 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 three-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 in relationship. He attends the Falls Church Anglican.
Coach Peter Mun - Varsity Boys Basketball
Coach Mun, or “Coach Pete” as he is known to his players, grew up mostly in Northern Virginia. He began playing basketball when he was eight 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 became a committed Christian and quickly sensed a call to ministry. As he began to pursue the pastorate, doors concurrently 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 Christ with young people. In 2008, Coach Mun 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 an 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 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 children, Timothy (Timmy) and Elizabeth (Bethy).
Coach Stephanie Hagan - Girls Middle School Volleyball
Coach Hagen grew up playing volleyball and has since had the opportunity to work with and assist her former coaches 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 an enjoyable 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 first place trophy in over fifteen 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 fifteen years. Coach Hagen is passionate about volleyball and hopes to inspire her teams to love the game as much as she does. She also aims to make her faith and passion for Christ contagious to her players by serving as a mentor to them.
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 she 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 (GMU). 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. Whether by ministering to international or domestic students or by teaching girls to play soccer, Coach Priya loves teaching others and to see people grow. She loves building relationships and investing herself in the next generation.
One of Coach Priya's favorite aspects of soccer is the community that naturally comes with being on a team. Coach Priya, and her husband Nathan, attends Chantilly Bible Church.