Divine Mercy Academy Athletics continue a long and distinguished tradition begun in the various Catholic grade schools of Greater Johnstown.
We believe our students learn a great deal through participation in competitive school athletics. Teamwork, selflessness and perseverance are values that will serve our students well throughout life.
We encourage our students, boys and girls, to participate in the sports that interest them, beginning at the appropriate age when each individual is ready and wants to learn a particular sport. We understand that this varies with each student’s abilities and changing interests.
Participation in athletics requires commitment throughout a sport season to the team and to oneself. Our coaches strive to help our young students develop confidence in their abilities. We want them to learn not only how to play, but also how to handle themselves in competition and to represent their school with respect and dignity.
Pictured above are a few of the many volunteer coaches serving in Divine Mercy’s fall football program.
Volunteer Coaching Staff
Our coaches are volunteers who love their sport and want to share their considerable knowledge with our student athletes. They are experienced and encouraging individuals who enjoy the rewards of coaching young people. All have completed the necessary legal clearances. If you would like to become a volunteer with one of our athletic teams, please Contact Us.
DMCA Athletic Association
Divine Mercy’s competitive athletic programs are organized and funded almost entirely by our school’s Athletic Association, a volunteer group that works year round to ensure the quality of our athletic programs. Mike Harchick is our volunteer Elementary Athletic Director, sharing duties with Tom Smith, our school Principal and Elementary Athletic Director. If you would like to become involved in supporting or contributing to our Athletic Association, please Contact Us.
We are Proud of our Divine Mercy Catholic Academy Athletic Teams:
Our boys’ athletic programs include:
- Football and Soccer in fall
- Basketball, Wrestling and Hockey in winter
- Cross Country Track in spring
Some of these programs begin with weekend learning camps for students as young as kindergarten. Popular programs, such as soccer, football and basketball, span our elementary grades with different divisions organized for various grade levels.
Our seventh, eighth and Bishop McCort ninth grade boys are combined into one junior high basketball team. They play a full schedule in the Laurel Highlands Middle School Basketball League.
Hockey is offered for our middle school (Grade 6,7, and 8) students under the auspices of Bishop McCort High School.
Our girls athletic programs include:
- Soccer and Cheerleading in fall
- Basketball and Volleyball in winter
- Cross Country Track in spring
Some of these programs begin with weekend learning camps for students as young as kindergarten. Popular girl’s programs, such as soccer and basketball, span our elementary grades with different divisions organized for various grade levels.
Cheerleading, volleyball and cross county athletics are offered for our middle school (Grade 6, 7, and 8) students under the auspices of Bishop McCort High School.
Please select the title tab for your sport below. Click on the tab for more detailed info, including sign-up forms and schedules.
Our Crusader Football Elementary Program is open to all Divine Mercy Academy students in Kindergarten thru Grade 6 at both our East and West campuses. There is no charge for students to participate in any of these football programs.
- Kindergarten football focuses on learning fundamentals. Instruction is provided at mini-camps held once a week on field during the season.
- Our first and second grade students play against each other in an in‐house league at the Point Stadium in September and October.
- Our third and fourth grade students play flag football intramural games or against teams of the same grade level from other schools as available. Flag Football games are played at the Point Stadium Saturdays in September and October. Flag football games begin on Saturday, September 9, 2018.
- Students in Grades 5 thru 6 play Tackle Football against teams from other schools in the region in the Laurel Highlands Division. Teams compete at grade level, that is fifth grade teams play against other fifth grade teams, while sixth graders compete against other sixth grade teams.
Our Fifth Grade Coaching Staff includes: John Oakley, Chris Lamia, Brian Stevens, Kris Wyant, John Delia, and Dominic Cannizzaro.We are grateful to these dedicated volunteers.
Boys and Girls Sign up for Soccer Fall 2018:
If your son or daughter is in fourth through eighth grade and is interested in playing soccer in the fall 2018 season, please follow the link below and submit the Google form:
Our volunteer soccer coaches have been announced. They are:
7-8 grade girls: Morgan Cypher, Greg Kutsik
4-6 grade girls: Morgan Cypher, Greg Kutsik (Requesting a third volunteer.)
4-6 grade boys: Morgan Cypher, (Requesting a second volunteer.)
At Divine Mercy, girls in first through eight grade are welcome to join our Crusader Rec Competitive Cheerleading Program. In this program, we teach safe, proper technique for stunting, tumbling, and many other precision skills integral to the sport of cheerleading. In addition to learning athletic skills, DMCA cheer members learn respect, team bonding, responsibility, and dedication to others.
Our members practice and work hard for many months perfecting their skills and competing locally at numerous cheer competitions. We support the football and other teams at Divine Mercy. We also have a lot of fun.
Two different cheer teams are offered so that everyone has an opportunity to learn and grow at a pace appropriate for their age and ability. Teams work under the leadership of highly experienced and trained volunteer coaches. Our head cheer coach is Megan Miller. Gordon. She is assisted by Krista Krug. From time to time some parents and/or other volunteers may be asked to help the cheer squads. All volunteers have the appropriate volunteer clearances on file.
Our cheer athletes are building a strong foundation for future cheerleading experiences and for life. We invite interested students or parents to contact Ms. Miller through the Contact Us page on this web site.
Our Cheer Competition Schedule for Fall 2019 is as follows:
- Bishop McCort Invitational – October 26
- UPJ Cheer Classic – October 27
- Laurel Highland’s Competition – November 2
- Richland Cheer Classic – November 9
- Allegheny Regional – November 10
- PA State Championships – November 16
- Forest Hills Competition – November 23
Below is info on Cheerleading Camp coming September 7 at Bishop McCort High School. Pre-registration is required.
Divine Mercy Athletic Teams achieved much in the 2017-18 Season. Congrats to all our teams!