Hometown Boy and Top Athlete Returns as New Knights Athletic Director
Highlands Christian Academy is pleased to announce that Paul Pridemore, ’79 graduate and top athlete, has returned as the new Knights Athletic Director.
Paul began attending Highlands in 1972 as a 6th grader, and in 7th grade came to know Jesus Christ personally in a school chapel service. In high school, Paul quickly became known at Highlands and around South Florida as a top athlete in both basketball and football.
Playing Knights basketball, Paul was named to the All-County and All-State teams his sophomore through senior years; Player of the Year twice by the Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald; and MVP of the 1979 State Basketball Tournament. In Knights football, Paul led the county in passing yards and was named All-State his junior and senior years; nominated for Athlete of the Year by the Miami Herald in 1979; and offered a full football scholarship to the University of Florida.
After graduating college, he moved back to Pompano Beach and coached Highlands basketball for two seasons. In following years, he coached basketball in Northern Florida and Tennessee, and served as an Assistant AD.
Over the years, Paul’s teams have won 438 games, 13 district titles, 10 Regional Championships, and been to 6 state tournaments.
“After coaching Paul Pridemore in basketball in the late ’70s, I am enthusiastic about working with him, not only in basketball, but in all Highlands athletics,” says Reg Cook, a former Highlands Athletic Director who now assists with the Knights. “We are looking forward to a great summer and school year for 2019-2020.”
Paul’s vision for the Highlands Athletic Department is to provide student-athletes an environment that promotes and supports Christian, academic, athletic, and personal achievement. He shares, “We have the great privilege and responsibility to influence students for Christ…and invest in the lives of these student-athletes as no one else can. My life was changed as a result of Godly coaches and the example they set for me. My passion is to work alongside our coaches to invest in the lives of our student-athletes so that they will become men and women of character and servants for Christ throughout their lives.”
Paul is married to Terri, a CPA. They have three grown children and one grandchild. Highlands and Grace Church welcome the Pridemore family back to South Florida!