Grace Academy 2023

Team Profile

Photos Courtesy of Grace Academy

Q & A With Coach Bob Ateca

Coach Bob Ateca of Grace Academy

Q. How would you characterize this year’s team?

A. We will have an experienced team with many returning players.

Q. What will be the keys to your success?

A. Staying healthy and team chemistry.

Q. Who will be your key leaders on the team?

A. Wesley Thompson, Jacob Mock, Brock Passons, Carson Knecht, and Austin Nelson.

Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A. We have a great group of young men.

Q. What will keep you up at night?

A. Making sure we have everyone in the correct position to help the team.

Q. What can you build on from last year?

A. The experience gained.

Q. Any lessons learned from last year?

A. Always be ready for the unexpected.

Q. Will we see anything different this year?

A. We will evaluate what best fits our players through spring and fall practice before making any changes.

Q. How would you characterize your team’s speed?

A. We want our team to play fast by understanding their assignments.


Coach name: Bob Ateca (24 yrs. as a head coach, 12th as head coach at Grace)

Division/Class: TSIAA Div. 1

2022 Overall Record: 6-5

2022 District Finish: 3rd

Mascot: Golden Eagles

2023 Schedule


11 Southaven (A)

18 Lookout Valley (H)

25 Christian Community (A)


1 Franklin Christian (H)

15 King’s Academy (H)

22 Zion Christian (A)

29 ASD (h)


6 Innovation Academy (a)

13 Lancaster Christian (H)

*All home games played at CSLA except September 1st

Coach’s View

We are very excited as we begin to transition back into the 11-man game of football. We will still compete for a championship in eight-man football, but we added a few 11-man games as well. Our hope is to play a full 11-man schedule in 2024. We have a very young team that will only get better as the season progresses. If we come together as a family and forget about individual accomplishments, we will see great things happen.