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Brazil Named PCA School System Senior Athletic Director

Veteran high school football coach and athletic coordinator
to lead Plano and North athletic departments

May 20, 2022 — PLANO, TX  Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) System of Schools announced Brian Brazil as Senior Athletic Director. He is set to begin his role leading the PCA Plano and PCA North athletic departments July 1.

Brazil has served as Hebron High School’s football head coach and athletic coordinator since the school opened in 1999. He led his team to more than 150 wins during that time, including the 2005 University Interscholastic League Class 4A state championship with a 16-0 record. As athletic coordinator, he oversaw nine team state titles and numerous individual state crowns.

Brazil’s accomplishments also include winning the 2014 Tom Landy Award, which recognizes a Texas high school football coach who exemplifies the Christian values that defined former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Tom Landry on and off the field. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Lay Witnesses for Christ Coach of the Year Award. In addition, Brazil will be inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) Hall of Honor in July.

“Brian Brazil is a man of deep faith and passion for Christian impact who is also a great leader, husband, dad and friend to many,” PCA System of Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Goddard said. “His skill set will help continue the upward trajectory of Prestonwood Christian Academy Plano and North athletic programs to become the best in the nation.”

Brazil went 152-97 and won five district titles Hebron High School. He was named state coach of the year in 2005 and won six district coach of the year honors. He helped countless student-athletes advance to play at the collegiate level, including 49 NCAA Division I players. Five of his former players have gone on to play in the National Football League (including current players Deatrich Wise Jr. of the New England Patriots, Jamal Adams of the Seattle Seahawks and Daniel Wise of the Washington Commanders). His former player Ian Cunningham is the Assistant General Manager of the Chicago Bears.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to serve as the PCA School System’s Senior Athletic Director,” Brazil said. “I’m ready to pour into the students-athletes and coaches. It’s about reaching athletes for the Lord and creating a positive environment. Everyone is a valuable piece to their program’s success, as well as the entire school system’s success.”

Prior to Hebron High School, he had assistant coaching stops at Lewisville High School (where he was a part of state title teams in 1993 and 1996), R.L. Turner High School and Shepton High School. In the classroom, he taught history.

Brazil is a member of THSCA (serving as President for the 2011-12 school year and on the Board of Directors from 2007-2010), North Texas Football Coaches Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and American Football Coaches Association. He is also on the Board of Directors for Coaches Outreach.

Brazil graduated from Texas Christian University, where he was an all-Southwest Conference offensive lineman, team captain and coached by Jim Wacker. After TCU, Brazil singed a free-agent contract with the Houston Oilers.

Brazil and his wife, Birdie, have been married for 32 years. They met at TCU through FCA. The Brazils have three adult children (daughters, Danielle and Gabrielle and son, David), one son-in-law (Tyler Mitchem, who is married to Danielle), one daughter-in-law (Lexie, who is married to David) and one granddaughter (Logan Mitchem). The Brazils have been members of Prestonwood Baptist Church since 2000.

 

About Prestonwood Christian Academy School System

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is made up of six schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 2,500 students are enrolled at the system’s campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 11th Grade), PCA Hybrid (K-2nd and 5th-6th Grades) and PCA Online. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the current Class of 2022, seniors have been offered more than $165 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is celebrating its 25th school year in 2021-22.

PCA School System Announces Two New Hires on Development Team

Schreiner named Director of Development and 2009 graduate Erickson is new Director of Alumni Relations

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) System of Schools has announced the hiring of Marcus Schreiner as Director of Development and Veronica Erickson as Director of Alumni Relations.

Schreiner comes to PCA from Josh McDowell Ministry, where he served the last eight-plus years as Senior Director of Ministry Advancement and Public Relations. Erickson, who is a 2009 PCA graduate, has spent the last decade devoting her career to growing and expanding offices of major market law firms in Texas, Southern California and South Florida.

“We are so excited to have Marcus Schreiner and Veronica Erickson joining the Development team,” PCA System of Schools Chief Administration Officer Dr. Jon Lineberger said. “Marcus is an experienced fundraising leader with a strong track record of data-driven decisions and a focus on cultivating major gifts. We are equally as proud to have Veronica returning to her alma mater. She’s had a successful career being a phenomenal connector and encourager with a solid work ethic.”

Schreiner has managed the development program at Josh McDowell Ministry while providing leadership to a team of major and mid-level donor representatives. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies from Ouachita Baptist University and a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his family (wife, Clayr, and two children, Sophie and Henry) are active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church, where he serves a LifeGroup teacher.   

“I’m excited and humbled to serve as Director of Development at PCA,” Schreiner said. “I can think of no better mission than to help support the advancement of Kingdom Education. It will be an honor to play a role in helping students embrace Biblical truth and academic excellence through the stewardship of the PCA community.”

Erickson, who served as emcee at the recent Zig Ziglar Servant Leadership Award Banquet, also spent time on client development teams and managed strategic growth and revenue expansion projects. She has helped with social media campaigns and brand recognition for companies in London and Australia. Following PCA, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Communications from Southern Methodist University. Erickson and her husband, Braddock, recently moved back to the DFW area (with their two young sons) after he concluded 12 years as an active-duty U.S. Navy SEAL. They were active members in a Prestonwood Baptist Church plant, Rock Fellowship Miami. The Ericksons are now members of PBC again and are part of The Blend LifeGroup. 

“As a PCA Alum, I am both humbled and honored to step into the role of Director of Alumni Relations,” Erickson said. “My experience at Prestonwood Christian Academy laid the foundation for my college and post-grad life, career, marriage, parenthood, and all of life's joys and challenges. In this role, my hope and prayer is that God will bring glory to His name and strengthen our alumni community like never before. A Lion pride is a family; always has been and always will be!”

Schreiner is set to begin his role on May 31, while Erickson’s first day is scheduled for June 1.

 

PCA School System Announces new Dean of Spiritual Development

Dr. Jeremiah Johnston will be joining Prestonwood Christian Academy and Prestonwood Baptist Church in dual roles. He comes on board with a goal to undergird a Biblical Worldview in all aspects on the school and church.

Dr. Johnston, who is one of the most recognized and brightest scholars in the church today and was a speaker at our BWi conference in November, will serve as Dean of Spiritual Development at PCA and Associate Pastor of Apologetics and Cultural Engagement at PBC. He is currently president and founder of Christian Thinkers Society, whose mission is to train and equip Christians to defend the core truth at the heart of the Christian faith.

When asked about joining the PCA family along with his wife, Audrey, and five children (Lily, Justin, Abel, Ryder and Jaxson), he said:

“We are thrilled to be joining the PCA family and vision of the school system. Building on an established tradition of excellence, PCA is uniquely positioned by God to be the national leader for Christian education and Biblical Worldview. Winston Churchill, in his war-time speech at Harvard, aptly stated, ‘The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.’ Therefore, our greatest impact through our students will be raising up the next generations of Christian thinkers who will be world changers characterized by a thinking faith across all disciplines, capable to communicate confidently, and always ready to share a reason for the hope we have in Christ.”

Dr. Johnston is also a New Testament Scholar called to equip Christians to love God with all their hearts and minds. Author and co-author of 11 books and Bible studies, Dr. Johnston is passionate about resourcing believers to give intellectually informed accounts for what they believe. As a theologian and culture expert, he has the unique ability to connect with people of all ages, making him an ideal fit for both PCA and PBC.

Dr. Johnston will help create events, training sessions, teaching series and conferences specific to cultural engagement and effectively communicating a Christian worldview. This strategic appointment is in direct correlation with the Spiritual Pillar of Vision 2030. We look forward to his role at PCA working in tandem with Biblical Worldview Director, Dan Panetti, and the Campus Ministry team in equipping our students/faculty/staff in how to “Think Christianly” creating events, training, teaching series, conferences, summit(s), think tanks, and content specific to engaging culture with the best answers for our faith and worldview integration.

Yantis Named PCA Plano Football Head Coach

Arizona native brings nearly 30 years of college and high school experience

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) System of Schools announced Donnie Yantis as PCA Plano Football Head Coach. He will begin his role Feb. 21.

Yantis comes to PCA Plano from Valor Christian (Colo.) High School, where he has served as football head coach the last two seasons. Yantis also has six-plus years of college football coaching and recruiting experience, including four at NCAA Division I Arizona State University. Overall, he has been coaching for 29 years, with 20 as head coach at the college and high school level.

“After a nationwide search that drew the attention of NFL, college and high school coaches, we are thrilled to have Donnie Yantis coming to lead Prestonwood Christian Academy Plano football,” PCA System of Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Goddard said. “Coach Yantis brings tremendous experience as a college head coach, Power Five assistant coach and high school head coach. He is a huge advocate of faith, family, education and football – in that order. I am confident he will lead our program to national prominence.” 

Yantis is fresh off guiding a 20-2 record over two seasons that produced a pair of state runner-up finishes for Valor Christian High School, which is the third largest private school in Colorado and located in Highlands Ranch (just south of Denver). His teams averaged more than 40 points and 400 yards per game. His recruiting experience helped 27 of his student-athletes advance to play college football, including 10 at the Division I level.

“I am humbled, honored and blessed to be selected as the next football head coach at Prestonwood Christian Academy Plano,” Yantis said. “My wife (Laurie) and I are looking forward to being a part of the PCA family. I can’t wait to meet the team and their families and get started. Great days are ahead!”

Yantis takes the reigns of a strong PCA Plano program that has won five Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) state championships (2005, 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2017) and qualified for the playoffs in 13 straight seasons. In January, Chris Cunningham was promoted to PCA System of Schools Senior Athletic Director after leading the Lions the past 14 years.

“I want to take the championship culture to even new heights, both on and off the field,” Yantis said. “The pillars of faith, family, education and football are what I live by, and I will bring those to the PCA football program. We will strive to honor God in all that we do – with words and actions.”

Yantis, who is a native of Phoenix, Ariz., spent the 2016-2019 seasons at Arizona State University working for head coaches Todd Graham and Herm Edwards. He was an assistant athletic director and football recruiting coordinator in his first two seasons in Tempe, Ariz., before becoming the tight ends coach and special teams assistant. He led the program’s recruiting efforts in Ariz., Colo., Nevada, Texas and Utah. Yantis was also in charge of recruiting tight ends nationwide and spent time on the recruiting trail in Southern Calif.

Prior to working for Arizona State, Yantis started Arizona Christian University’s football program from scratch. In year two on the field (2015), he led his squad to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Central States Football League (CSFL) championship with a 6-0 record in conference play. For his efforts, he was named CSFL Coach of the Year and America Football Coach Association (AFCA) Region 5 Coach of the Year. In 2014, he garnered NAIA Independent Conference Coach of the Year honors.

Before his collegiate level and Valor Christian High School stops, Yantis spent 14 years as head coach at Paradise Valley (Ariz.) High School. He amassed 94 wins and guided nine playoff appearances, including a 10-0 season in 2004. He is still the winningest coach in the school’s history. Yantis helped 16 student-athletes advance to play at the NCAA Division I level, including three quarterbacks.

Yantis served as head coach of Glendale (Ariz.) High School for one season (1995). He also logged time as an assistant coach at Paradise Valley High School and Glendale (Ariz.) Community College.

Yantis was named the 2019 National Football Foundation Frank Kush Lifetime Achievement Award winner, served on the board of the Arizona Football Coaches Association for 10 years and is a longtime member of the AFCA.

Yantis was a quarterback/defensive back/punter at Southern Utah University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. He also played football at Glendale Community College and in the Arizona Arena Football League. He later earned a Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University.

The Yantises have two grown children (son, Ray and daughter, Taylor) and two grandchildren. They have been active members of Plum Creek Church in Castle Rock, Colo.


About Prestonwood Christian Academy School System

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 2,000 students are enrolled at the system’s campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 11th Grade), PCA Hybrid (K-2nd and 5th-6th Grades) and PCA Online. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2021, graduates have been offered more than $153 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is celebrating its 25th school year in 2021-22.

 

PCA School System Announces New Chief Financial Officer

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System announced that Mrs. Laura Anson has been named Chief Financial Officer effective Feb. 1, 2022. Anson comes to PCA from KPMG LLP where she currently serves as Executive Director.

“Laura Anson is the perfect person to lead in our CFO role at PCA,” said Dr. Michael Goddard, Superintendent of PCA System of Schools. “She has extensive financial and auditing background as a CPA, but even more importantly she has a heart for Kingdom Impact. Laura, as a PCA parent, serves in leadership as a member of the PCA Ambassador Board as well as a Life Group leader at Prestonwood Church. She will have an immediate impact on taking PCA to the next level of excellence.”

Anson’s professional experience of 21 years at KPMG includes various roles in the audit practice where she provided accounting, internal control, and business advice to publicly-traded and privately held domestic and international companies. She also served as a national instructor, training KPMG professionals across the nation. While at KPMG, Anson received the KPMG Chairman’s Award for excellence, sustained high performance, growth and dedication to core values.

Anson earned her MS in Finance and BA in Accounting from Texas A&M University in 2000. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the Texas Society of CPAs. 

“I am thrilled to be joining Prestonwood Christian Academy as Chief Financial Officer," said Anson. "In the eight years we have partnered with Prestonwood in our daughters’ education, I have witnessed first-hand the tremendous impact that PCA’s Christ-centered education has on families. PCA has a solid foundation on which to build, and I look forward to being part of what God has planned.”

Anson and her husband of 13 years, Neil, are members of Prestonwood Baptist Church where they serve in various ministries. Passionate about Kingdom education, their daughters Rebekah (10) and Rachel (8) have attended Prestonwood Christian Academy Plano since Pre-K.   

           

About Prestonwood Christian Academy School System

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System, established in 1997, is made up of six schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 2,000 students are enrolled at the system’s campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 11th Grade with first graduating class in 2023), PCA Hybrid (K-2nd and 5th-6th Grades) and PCA Online. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2021, graduates have been offered more than $153 million in scholarships for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. All PCA schools are now enrolling for the 2022-23 school year.