Athletic Academy

The Calvary Athletic Academy is a sports-specific training program offered during the school day. Our mission is to develop the physical aspect of our student-athletes through personalized small-group instruction. The Academy's lessons are open to Calvary Day students as well as the general public.

Training Offered

  • Hitting Fundamentals
  • Pitching Fundamentals
  • Catching Fundamentals
Boys Basketball - Fundamentals

Cheer -Tumbling
Girls Basketball - Fundamentals

Flag Football - Fundamentals
  • Quarterback Fundamentals
  • Long-Snapping Fundamentals
  • Kicking/Punting Fundamentals
  • Offensive Skill
  • Offensive Line
Lacrosse - Offense, Defense

Softball - Hitting Fundamentals
Speed and Agility

Track & Field - Throwing Fundamentals

Volleyball - Fundamentals

Sessions are held Mondays through Thursdays. Each student can train for individual sports two times per week. Fridays serve as make-up days in case of inclement weather. 

Times Available: 
Lower School students 
7:10 - 7:50 a.m.
10:20 - 11:00 a.m.
2:45 - 3:25 p.m.

Middle School students 
7:10 - 7:50 a.m.
11:10 - 11:50 a.m.
2:40 - 3:25 p.m.

Upper School students
7:05 - 7:50 a.m.
12:05 - 12:50 p.m.
2:40 - 3:25 p.m.
For more information or questions about the Calvary Day Athletic Academy, please contact Laura Spivey at
Calvary Day School is a member of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) and follows the code of ethics, constitution, and by-laws established by the GHSA, which are available at the GHSA’s website. Our Middle School participates in the Savannah Parochial Athletic League (SPAL). Additionally, our athletes adhere to Calvary Day School’s sportsmanship code of conduct: As ambassadors for Christ, we humble ourselves before the Lord and allow Him to lift us up. We treat our opponents, officials, and spectators with respect. We respect the property and reputation of our opponents as well as that of our own school. In every situation, we will use sound common sense, judgment, and courtesy.

Academy Coaches

List of 10 items.

  • Laura Spivey - Athletic Academy Director

  • Chad Carver (Boys Basketball)

    Chad Carver received his BA from Brewton-Parker University in General Studies. Carver has been coaching and teaching in the Savannah area for over 20 years. He attended Calvary Day School from 1st to 5th grade and graduated from Groves High School in 1990. He attended Brewton-Parker on a basketball scholarship from 1991 to 1995. While at Brewton-Parker he helped start their first fastpitch women’s softball team. He loves sports, music, and most of all, his family. His daughter, Hannah, and son, Thomas, both attend Calvary. Carver currently coaches high school basketball and golf.
  • Braxton Chadwick (Football LS)

    I am a senior at Savannah State University (SSU) and a member of the football team where I serve as the starting long snapper. I also throw for the SSU Track team and currently hold the school record for the hammer throw.  I have trained with Special Teams U and developed an interest in throwing out of Throw 1 Deep. My passion for both sports is apparent in my commitment to teaching athletes about these two specialized areas and helping them develop their skill set. 
  • Jackie Hamilton (Girls Basketball)

    Head Girls Basketball Coach at Calvary 2005-2023   
    18 seasons (Record 405-81) 
    Region Championships 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2022, State Champions 2008, Qualified for State playoffs every year.  
    Athletes that moved on to play at collegiate levels: Bonnie McGee - Toccoa Falls, Sarah Hewett - Reinhardt, Katie Covington - Lagrange, Sonny Canady - Armstrong, Kelsey Ellis - Furman , Abigail Lewis -Converse, Olivia Harrell - Berry, Alexus Parker - Prairie View, Quira Porter - Coastal Georgia, Bria Porter - Coastal Georgia, Hannah Cail - Georgia College & University
  • Daniel Jackson (Girls Basketball)

    Daniel serves as Calvary Day's Asst. Athletic Director for Operations. His impact is felt in the many areas he coaches and he strives to impact the whole child for growth. Daniel earned a B.A. in Business, Sociology and Justice Studies from Georgia Southern University.
  • Trisha Jennings (Softball)

    My name is Trisha Jennings and I am originally from Richmond Hill, GA. I graduated from Richmond Hill High School where I played softball all four years; after graduation I continued my softball career by earning a softball scholarship to Brewton Parker College, one of the top ranked NAIA Division 2 schools at the time.  I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business with a focus on Health and Wellness Management. Once out of college I had the opportunity to step into an assistant coach role for a number of different teams, one of those included East Georgia State College where I learned the opposing side to recruiting, field and team management, and what it takes to run a successful program. I then had a few opportunities to be the head coach of the Titans Fastpitch, out of Atlanta and Chain Fastpitch, out of Savannah. I I have big dreams and aspirations for the Calvary softball programs and I can not wait to get to work! 
  • Kenneth Lockhart (Football K)

    My name is Kenneth Lockhart from Hinesville, GA and I am the kicker/punter for Savannah State University.  I grew up playing soccer and I have been kicking since high school.  I would love to share my knowledge about kicking and punting.  
  • Harold Nelson (Football Offensive Skills)

    Harold Nelson has over 15 years of varsity level coaching experience in various positions. He is currently the tight ends coach at Calvary Day School and is the co-founder of Energy Sports Academy, a speed, agility, and sports specific personal training. Nelson is Georgia High School Association Lay/Community Coach Certified. He is also GACE Paraprofessional Certified.  He studied Sports Management at the University of Phoenix. 
  • Cornealous Tillman (Speed & Agility)

    Coach Tillman grew up dedicated to the sports that he played, specifically martial arts, football and track and field. He has four years of experience as an assistant football coach at Shuman Middle School and Mercer Middle School in Chatham County. He is a Certified Personal Trainer, a Certified Speed and Agility Specialist, a Certified Athlete Performance Trainer and a Certified Vertimax Trainer. Coach Tillman is the owner and operator of Elite Speed & Conditioning, LLC. Coach Tillman is committed to using his expertise and dedication to training in order to teach valuable life skills and prepare young athletes and those seeking to improve their physical fitness for various sports.
  • Stephen Vaughn (Baseball)

    A native of the Greater Savannah area, Stephen graduated from South Effingham in 2009 where he played for GDC Hall of Fame Coach Tony Kirkland. Vaughn spent two years at East Georgia State College where he was named to the GCAA All-Conference Team in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Following East Georgia, Vaughn signed to play at Missouri Southern State University where he was a member of the MIAA Conference Championship and College World Series team in 2013 and a MIAA All-Conference Team selection in 2014. In four college seasons, primarily as a closer, Vaughn holds multiple season and career records at both EGSC and MSSU as he tossed 148.1 innings over 91 appearances posting a 13-6 record with 18 saves, a 2.91 ERA and a .209 BAA. Entering his 9th season as an assistant high school baseball coach, 3rd at Calvary Day, Coach Vaughn has had the opportunity to work with multiple draft picks and countless college signees throughout his coaching career.