At Arlington Country Day School, athletics are a natural extension of the classroom experience. We believe that athletic participation is an integral part of a student’s education, on that nurtures hard work and enthusiasm while teaching cooperation, sportsmanship, and self-discipline.
We encourage students to become involved in sports, emphasizing participation in a variety of on and off campus team sport opportunities.
Team Sport Offerings:
Boys Team Sports: Basketball – Football – Baseball
Girls Team Sports: Basketball
Intramural Athletics Include: Fast Pitch Softball – Volleyball – Soccer – Golf
Announcing NEW SPORTS for the 2013-14 Academic Year!
Boys & Girls – Golf
To arrange a campus visit: 904-762-0123
Boys Varsity Basketball
Arlington Country Day School is nationally known for our basketball program. We regularly participate in tournaments at the national level, playing against some of the best teams in the country.
These tournaments have taken the team to such places as Hawaii, New York City, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, Springfield MA (Home of the Basketball Hall of Fame), Miami FL, Morgantown WV, Pittsburgh PA, San Luis Obispo CA, Memphis TN, Lexington KY, Washington DC, Atlanta GA, Reno NV, Myrtle Beach SC, Connecticut and many other wonderful tournament sites.
Over the years our teams have played against many players who have gone on to top-ranked college teams and the NBA. Players like, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Spencer Hawes, John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, Thadeus Young, Martell Webster, Louis Williams, Derrick Favors among others.
Our outstanding record:
- Seven time State Champions
- Five straight titles (2005-2009)
- Nike Elite Team since 2001
Head Coach: Rex Morgan
Overall record: 848 wins, 82 losses
Nationally ranked on a yearly basis
One of twelve “NIKE Elite” Coaches Nationwide
Some of our outstanding sports alumni:
Former Arlington Country Day players currently playing Division I Basketball
- Wally Judge – Rutgers
- Rodney McGruder – Kansas State (2013)
- Justin Jackson – Cincinnati
- Kelvin Gaines – Cincinnati
- John Brown – High Point
- Gary Browne – West Virginia
- James Bell – Villanova
- Michael Javes – Arkansas Little-Rock
- Nikola Jovanovic - Southern Cal
Boys Varsity Football
The Arlington Country Day football team recently moved from 7 on 7 club football to tradition 11-man football. The football team has been steadily building over the past few years into a team that is known for playing anyone, anywhere.
The 2012 team played at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, FL in addition to games across Florida and South Georgia. While playing games across the region many college coaches have had the opportunity to evaluate ACD’s talent. This has sparked interest in several of the ACD football players with regard to potential scholarship offers to attend college.
One notable alumnus is Gerald McCloud who went on to play collegiately at Clemson University.
The Apaches are currently coached by DeJuan Green along with assistant Dave Condit. There are always an abundance of volunteer assistants willing to give of their time and knowledge to make the football experience at ACD a memorable one.
The Apaches finished off the 2012 campaign by winning the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association (SIAA) state championship.
Boys Varsity Baseball
The Arlington Country Day baseball team has a rich and successful tradition of being known as one of the premier programs not only in Florida, but throughout the Southeast. This success includes tournament wins over many years which have fielded some of the best teams in the country. In addition, the baseball team has 3 FHSAA state championships before ACD joined the SIAA.
This year’s team has several college/pro prospects and is playing a difficult schedule in an attempt to once again be considered among high school baseball’s elite.
In 2011 the ACD baseball team was proud to watch the MLB Draft and see shortstop Javier Baez drafted with the 9th overall pick by the Chicago Cubs. After moving up the ranks in the minors, Baez is now considered the Cubs #1 prospect and 16th best minor league prospect in all of Major League Baseball.
The Apaches are coached by Ron Dickerson.
Girls Varsity Basketball
The Arlington Country Day Lady Apaches have enjoyed quite a bit of success over the years sending several young ladies on to play in the college ranks. Although the Lady Apaches experienced a little drought in the win/loss column in the last couple of years, the 2012 squad led by Coach Michael Martin has flourished with a solid group of underclassmen.
The Lady Apaches stand poised to make a bonafide run at the SIAA State Title behind the play of senior guard Clary Daniella who has been followed closely by several Division I programs. Clary is one of the schools many international students who also participate in athletics at ACD.
The team is rounded out by juniors Crystal Moore, Brenalyn Glanton and Yurleis Estrada, sophomores Tayla Jordan and Mari Parra and very talented 8th grader Nala Gallon.
Meet Coach Morgan:
“Coach Morgan is a great coach and still is a great influence on my life. I’ve been able to use the things that I learned at ACD and in that basketball program to enjoy success at FSU. There will always be critics of successful programs, people will give ACD a bad reputation because so many kids transfer there, but who wouldn’t want to go to a school that has that sort of success and is still very strong academically.”
Rex Morgan’s career is a long and illustrious one that began by reaching national prominence in the 1969-70 college basketball seasons. Rex, along with Artis Gilmore (basketball Hall of Famer) and a group of talented players from tiny Jacksonville University set the basketball world into a frenzy by reaching the NCAA finals before losing to perennial power UCLA and legendary coach John Wooden by a score of 80-69. Known as “Batman and Robin” by the national media, Rex and Artis led the Dolphins to become the first team to ever average 100 points per game. Rex ended the year as the 10th leading scorer in the nation and garnering All-America honors. Morgan went on to participate in the pre-draft Aloha Classic in Hawaii on a team with Nate Archibald and Dave Cowens (Florida State). Rex went head to head with Pistol Pete Maravich among others.
This camp propelled Morgan to be selected with the 21st pick of the 1970 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics and reunited him with his good friend Dave Cowens, also drafted by the Celtics. While in Boston, Morgan played with the likes of John Havlicek, Jo Jo White, Don Nelson and coached by Tom Heinsohn under the watchful eye of Red Aurbach. One of Morgan’s lasting friendships from his Celtic years remains to be Don Nelson, who went on to coach the New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks. Nelson tried to persuade Morgan into joining him with the Bucks but he politely declined.
Rex had found a home in coaching with his college coach Joe Williams at Florida State as Joe’s top assistant and recruiter. After leaving FSU, Morgan moved back to Jacksonville with his family and began coaching at Arlington Country Day School while coaching his son on the middle school team. As the school started adding high school grades, one by one, Rex Moved up to coach the high school varsity. As the program reached the addition of 12th grade Morgan had built a formidable program while developing a bit of a national reputation.
In 2001, the ACD Apaches caught the attention of Nike and were made one of Nike’s Elite basketball programs. This helped propel the apaches into the national limelight with games being broadcast on ESPN and playing against future NBAers Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, Thaddeus Young, Derrick Favors and Spencer Hawes to name a few. Rex had the honor of coaching several of these players in 2006 as he was named coach of Michael Jordan’s Jordan Classic. Rex has compiled a record of 819 wins and 77 losses included the 14 years he moonlighted in the spring as head coach and owner of a United States Basketball League (USBL) team.
Rex is proud to have coached many young men who went on play Division I basketball. Currently players include Rodney McGruder (Kansas State), Wally Judge (Rutgers), Justin Jackson (Cincinnati), John Brown (High Point) and Gary Browne (West Virginia) among others.