Thursday, February 27, 2020

Pike Liberal Arts Hires Mario White

TROY, AL- Pike Liberal Arts School names Saban’s special assistant Mario White as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.

The announcement came earlier today at a pep rally where the Patriot varsity basketball teams were
celebrated for their runs in the AISA Class AAA state playoffs. The varsity boys were recognized for
their State Runners-Up finish, and the varsity girls were recognized for their Region Championship and Final Four appearance. PLAS Headmaster Eric Burkett told the students there was more reason to celebrate. After an introduction highlighting his background and success, Coach Mario White entered the gym to a white shaker frenzy, and a background banner painted with “Every Heart Beats True for the Red,WHITE and Blue.”

“I am thankful for the opportunities that God has given me to coach and mentor kids of all ages to not
only to become better athletes but to also become better students and even better young adults,”
White said.

“We are going to work hard and work honest on and off the field. I am excited to play a leadership role in elevating the standard of excellence from classroom to competition. People will know when they come up that hill that THIS IS PIKE!”

Coach White and his family are moving from Tuscaloosa where he was on staff at the University of
Alabama as a strength and conditioning coach under Scott Cochran and a special assistant to Nick
Saban. Coach White coached football at Tuscaloosa Academy and previously coached at Stillman
College. Coach White received his degree from Samford University, where he played baseball on full

PLAS Chairman of the Board of Trustees, John Henderson, explained that the hire came after an
extensive search for not only a champion coach, but also an esteemed man of character.
“During the interview process, it became apparent that Coach White is a man of faith and high
integrity,” Henderson said. “He sets a standard of respect and excellence both on and off the field
and he has an obvious gift for motivating young people. I am confident that Coach White will be a
leader that will inspire our student athletes.”

Festivities to celebrate the announcement include a Meet and Greet with the White family that will be
held at 3:00 p.m. today in the PLAS gym foyer.

“We encourage our entire Pike family to join us for cake and get to know Coach White, his wife Bridget and his three children: Mayes (11th grade) Amity (9th grade) and Ivy (8th grade),” Burkett said. “We are excited to have Coach White and his family here, and are looking forward to success under his leadership.” 

After the informal reception, Coach White will be throwing out the first pitch as the back-to-back Class AAA State Champion Patriots take on defending Class AA State Champion The Lakeside School Chiefs at 4 p.m. The Lady Patriots and Lady Chiefs will also play at 4 p.m.

Founded in 1970, Pike Liberal Arts School is a member of the Alabama Independent School
Association (AISA) that offers competitive Class AAA athletic programs and quality academic,
leadership and cultural arts opportunities for K4-12 grades while using faith-based curriculum and

For more information, visit or contact: Eric Burkett, PLAS Headmaster- 334-566-

Thursday, February 13, 2020

HELP WANTED: Baseball / Softball Concessions

The Pike Patriots are scheduled to open the 2020  home baseball and softball season on Tuesday, February 18th against Fort Dale. The JV games will be played first again this home season. Both JV games will play five inning games lasting no more than 75 minutes. The varsity games will begin at approximately 6:00 pm. 

Please contact Donna Copeland at or 334-268-1691 to claim your shifts on the attached concession schedule.  We need the parent's of each child participating in baseball and softball to work at least two shifts during the regular season. The profit from concessions is a large portion of the Booster Club's annual revenue.

Also, the booster club will be selling a variety of hats and visors at the gate and concession stand this season. All fitted game hats are $25.00 while all adjustable hats and visors are $20.00.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Job Opening: Athletic Director and Head Varsity Football Coach

Pike Liberal Arts School is currently taking applications for an Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. Resumes will be accepted through the end of the day Wednesday, December 18, 2019

This position is to oversee all aspects of the athletic programs, including, but not limited to:
  • Managing and supervising athletic activities, contests, and practice sessions to promote individual growth in athletic skills, teamwork, discipline, respect, and good sportsmanship
  • Managing athletic budgets
  • Ensuring the school's compliance with athletic rules and regulations and monitoring and enforcing student eligibility criteria for extracurricular participation
  • Planning fundraising campaigns
  • Building community and media relations
  • Purchasing athletic equipment
  • Creating sporting event schedules
  • Collaborating with all coaches in maintaining athletic facilities
  • Working with the Headmaster in hiring of staff and coaches
  • Promoting events
  • Supervising all coaches and sports personnel
  • Evaluating each coach at the end of his/her season. These evaluations are to be used as a tool for positive reinforcement and constructive criticism. The AD and the coach will set up an appointment to discuss the past season and strategies for future success of the program. The AD will report on this discussion to the Headmaster. The AD will be evaluated by the Headmaster.
  • Creating an environment that is conducive to whole-person development of our student-athletes
  • Collaborating with all coaching staff on game days throughout the sports season
  • Collaborating with all coaching staff on summer and in-season workout schedules for all sports
  • Using a variety of instructional techniques to meet the needs and improve the abilities of student athletes
  • Working with other members of school staff to plan and put in place instructional goals and objectives to ensure the overall educational development of student athletes
  • Taking all necessary precautions to protect student athletes, equipment, materials, and facilities
  • Developing and coordinating a continuing evaluation of the athletic programs and making changes based on findings and the ongoing needs of the program
  • Accompanying and supervising student athletes during athletic competitions in assigned sports
  • Instructing and advising students on NCAA regulations with regard to academic requirements for scholarships and recruiting practices
  • Maintaining, filing, and copying all pertinent materials, eligibility forms, transfer forms, grade reports, and ensuring that AISA guidelines are followed
  • Applying and enforcing student discipline during athletic contests, practice sessions, and while on trips off school property in accordance with Student Code of Conduct
  • Encouraging sportsmanlike conduct in all phases of athletic participation
  • Establishing and maintaining open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, Headmaster, and teachers
  • Maintaining a current inventory of all fixed assets within program
  • Overseeing the process of cleaning, repairing, and storing all campus athletic equipmen
Skills and Abilities
  • Candidate must have excellent skills in planning, organization, and leadership.

All applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and list of references to and

Monday, August 19, 2019

2019 Dress Themes for Game Weeks

8/23 - Morgan Senators - Away 

8/30 - Crenshaw Cougars - Home - "Cuff the Cougars"- Cops and Robbers Theme

09/06 - Freeport Bulldogs - Home - "Buzz the Bulldogs" - Bug Theme

9/13 - Northside Knights - Home - "Knock Out the Northside, Make 'Em See Double" - Twin Day

9/20 - Macon East Knights - Away

9/27 - Lee Scott Warriors - Away  

10/04 - Abbeville Generals - Away

10/11 - Fort Dale - HOMECOMING WEEK

10/18 - Monroe Volunteers - Away

10/24 - Success Mustangs - Away

11/01 - Lakeside Chiefs - Home - "Chain the Chiefs" - Ball and Chain Theme

As always, we encourage our Patriots to dress in Patriot (or red, white and blue attire) on all game days, including any away games.