"The purpose of the athletic program at Mount Paran Christian School is to provide students a setting to glorify God through the development and exercise of personal character, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and athletic ability. We want to build a tradition of competition where success is not measured by comparison to others but by the standard of excellence we expect of ourselves. We celebrate selfless action, sincere encouragement, intelligent play, and intense preparation. Our focus is in our willingness to prepare to win, not in the winning itself. Athletics at Mount Paran Christian School is an exciting and joyful experience for participants, families and fans."
--- Coach Mitch Jordan
Coach Jordan begins his 14th season at Mount Paran Christian as the head football coach and eleventh year as high school director of athletics. A 1990 graduate of Darlington School, Coach Jordan was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at his alma mater from 2002 to 2008. Coach Jordan received a bachelor’s degree in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Masters is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (NSCA Certification Commission) and a United States Weightlifting Association Club Coach. While playing football for the Jackets, Coach Jordan was a member of the 1990 National Championship Team and voted Outstanding Linebacker for the 1992 season. Mitch is the husband of Neysa Jordan, speech pathologist at MPCS. The couple has three daughters: Mallory ’21 graduate of MPCS and freshman at The Naval Academy, and twins that are current Juniors at MPCS, Claire (16), and Riley (16). The family attends North Metro Church in Marietta.
Caroline Bradford is in her fourteenth year working at Mount Paran Christian School. Caroline had been the Lower School physical education teacher for eleven years as well as the varsity tennis coach for nine years prior to becoming an assistant athletic director two years ago. Caroline has previously coached varsity softball, middle school tennis and middle school basketball. After graduating from Mount Paran Christian School in 2003, Caroline attended Samford University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education in Physical Education and Athletic Training. She graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Caroline is the wife of Josh Bradford and the couple has two sons, Knox (7) and Colt (4). The family attends North Metro Church in Marietta.
Coach Ely is entering his sixth year at Mount Paran Christian School serving as the Defensive Coordinator for Varsity Football. He will begin his first year as an Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Physical Education after serving the previous five years as Director of Sports Performance. Coach Ely previously taught and coached at Chapel Hill High School in Douglasville, GA and Cherokee High School in Canton, GA before coming to MPC. Coach Ely obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY and Masters of Science from Georgia Southern University. He was a four year letter winner in football at Cumberland College. His family includes his wife of ten years, Kathryn, and children Stetson (8), John Allen (2), and Amelia Grace (6 months). Coach Ely and his family attend Hickory Flat Church in Canton, GA.
Lisa Hicks, a Thomasville, Georgia native, played basketball at Riverdale High School, one of the top girls’ basketball programs in the state at the time. While on the Lady Raiders, her team won a region title and made it to the state championship twice. She captained the team her senior year. Her basketball accomplishments led her to Jacksonville State University where she played at the college level. Since that time, she has coached on many different levels. Ms. Hicks began working with the Admissions team at Mount Paran Christian School and later transferred to the Athletics department as Office Manager. She is married to Dwight and they have four children and three grandchildren.