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Florida Air Academy has a proud tradition of athletic achievement. With 11 varsity sports and 4 clubs, our coaches are committed to providing a positive, challenging, competitive, and fair athletic experience that emphasizes the falcon principles coupled with personal integrity, sportsmanship, wellness, and fulfillment of the student athlete's potential.

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Fall Sports Review
Paola Oliver

Stewart Zelnick

Florida Air Academy fielded four varsity sports teams this fall and concluded successful seasons.  Middle school and high school students alike participated as members of our Golf, Swimming, Cross Country and Girls Volleyball teams.  All of our students progressed individually towards personal bests while building the foundations of their teams in the future.


The FAA Falcons Golf team completed one of its most successful campaigns in the school’s history.  Returning freshman Stewart Zelnick and newly arrived eighth grader Charlie Moraites each qualified individually for the Regionals.  The experience gained this year competing against primarily upperclassmen throughout the district and region bodes well for the future of FAA golf.


The FAA Varsity Swimming team followed up on last year’s successes by sending three swimmers to the Regionals.  Senior Nicole Diaz and freshman Ivanska Rosich both placed fourth in their heats at regionals.  Senior Ian Baird placed seventh in his Regional’s heat.  This year’s team featured many underclassmen and middle schoolers who should serve as a strong returning core next year.

Cross Country

The FAA Cross Country team was highlighted by a number of personal bests for all of our runners.  Senior Adalmaryz “Quick” Gomez set the bar for achievement by becoming the first female runner from FAA to compete in the Regionals in school history.  Senior Ricardo Ontiveros repeatedly set personal bests while providing leadership for tenth grade teammates Ethan Aynes and Gideon Gidori.  The return of Aynes and Gidori next fall will allow the burgeoning team to continue to grow.


The FAA Lady Falcons Volleyball team experienced the growing pains of a rebuilding season.  Junior star Paola Oliver along with senior Alondra Modesto were the role models for a team that included three middle school participants.  Ninth grader Georgia Gillette was a welcome addition who along with Oliver should lead the Falcons to brighter days ahead.

We are proud of the successes and growth of all of our Fall sports teams and athletes.


Winter Sports Preview

Based on the successes of last year’s winter sports teams, there is an excitement in the air as the FAA winter sports seasons kick-off.  This winter FAA will be fielding four varsity sports, one junior varsity team and a middle school team for interscholastic competition.

Boys Varsity Basketball

The core of last year’s Regional Finalist team returns this year for the Falcons.  Recent Richmond signee, Julius Johnson returns for his senior season as the team leading scorer.  Johnson is joined in the backcourt by senior three point specialist Austin Smith and junior point guard Davonta Jordan.  High flying junior Darius Allen and emerging sophomore center Sean Mobley round out the Falcons balanced attack.  With these returnees in place, great expectations remain for this year’s team.

Girls Varsity Basketball

Coach Calvin Brown takes over a team that was also a Regional Finalist last year.  Though leading scorer, Paola Vasquez has taken her skills to Eastern Florida State College this season, seniors Nicole Diaz, Kristina Antonenko and Patricia Rosich return to provide leadership and experience for the Falcons.  Junior Alexis Gordon is poised for a breakout season and will be joined in the rotation by seniors Adalmaryz Gomez and Inga Kotlyarevskaya.  Addtionally, senior forward Alondra Modesto will be welcomed back after missing last year due to injuries.  As the Lady Falcons grow together, great success is anticipated by tournament time.

Boys Varsity Soccer

New coach Jay Gideon has brought great energy to the FAA boys soccer program.  With a strong focus on team building and skills development, Gideon is building one of the largest soccer teams in school history.  Senior Ian Baird brings great experience and leadership to the young Falcon team.  Returnees senior Casey Gomez and junior Reece Powell impressed last year with their skill set and athleticism.  New arrivals, senior Dylan Nunes and  sophomore Said Issabekov  are both high skill players who will provide instant upgrades to the overall team talent.  The future appears very bright for FAA Boys Soccer.

Girls Varsity Soccer

The FAA Lady Falcons soccer team heads into District play this year after last season’s return to interscholastic competition.  This year’s team is extremely young and looking to grow together for the future.  Sophomores Mauria Hall and Naija Fuller are the cornerstones of the Lady Falcons defense.  Middle schoolers Jessie Rebeix and Shelby Ronan bring terrific athleticism and star potential for the future.  With a team that includes six middle schoolers, the girls soccer program looks to be formidable for many years to come. 

Boys JV Basketball

The three leading scorers from last year’s undefeated boys middle school team, Dejuan Small, AJ Johnson and Yohamid Rodriguez-Reyes look to continue their winning ways on the boys junior varsity team this year.  Those three high scoring guards will be joined by fellow freshman Elijah Weaver  and returning sophomore Dimitri Voskoboynikov to form a potent, high powered team with great expectations for this season.

Boys Middle School Basketball

After a two year undefeated run culminated by an SCCAA championship, the FAA boys middle school basketball team is in rebuilding mode this year.  Seventh graders Tyson Guilbeaux and Brandon Bowman as well as eighth graders Brandon Wilson, Lenny Rebeix, AJ Koszalka and Mark Bouknight look to provide the nucleus for this year’s team.

High expectations for our returned and great hope for the future abounds as our winter sports seasons hit full stride over the next few months.

Winter Sports Review

The Falcons winter sports seasons proved extremely successful.  With two teams participating in regional competition, one undefeated team and team building seasons for our remaining three teams, the successes create a great foundation for the future of these programs.

Boys Varsity Basketball

The Falcons suffered a heart-breaking one point loss in the Regional Finals this season.  Senior Captain Julius Johnson completed a stellar career and signed to play at the University of Richmond next season.  The Falcons attack was also bolstered by break out seasons from juniors Davonta Jordan, Darius Allen and sophomore Sean Mobley.  Additionally, seniors Austin Smith, Juzas Petkus, Javier Rosario and Dimitrii Papadimitrou will also being taking their talents to the colleges of their choice.  We are proud of their accomplishments and wish them the best in their pursuits in the years ahead.

Girls Varsity Basketball

The Lady Falcons advanced to the Regional Quarterfinals this season after playing one of the most challenging schedules in the state.  Senior Captain point guard Nicole Diaz capped a great career as the leader of the Lady Falcons this season.  Additionally, the experienced Falcon squad will miss the contributions of fellow seniors Kristina Antonenko, Adalmaryz Gomez, Alondra Rivera, Patricia Rosich and Inga Kotlyarevskaya.  Hope for the future rests with junior Alexis Gordon, who was the team’s leading scorer after a breakout season.

Boys Varsity Soccer

Seniors Ian Baird and Casey Gomez provided great leadership this year for a program in transition.  With a new coach, many new players and a new found positive energy, the boys soccer team made great strides in laying the foundation for a cohesive unit in the years ahead.  Junior Reece Powell will lead the returnees next year on a team that looks forward to the potential of one of its most successful campaigns in years.

Girls Varsity Soccer

The FAA Lady Falcons featured an extremely young and inexperienced team this season which featured a number of middle schoolers .  Seventh grader Jessie Rebeix and eighth grader Shelby Ronan stepped up as team leaders and excelled in the many roles asked of them.  Sophomore captain Mauria Hall continued to improve as a defender and freshman goalie Naija Fuller showed great promise in her first ever soccer season.  The positive energy and growth that each player demonstrated over the course of a trying season was a highlight of this winter sports season.

 Boys JV Basketball

The beat continued for AJ Johnson, Dejuoun Small and Yohamid Rodriguez-Reyes after completing two undefeated middle school seasons, the guard trio lead the JV Falcons to an undefeated season this year.  The gifted backcourt teamed with freshman leading scorer Elijah Weaver and the experienced interior play of Vlad Yanchuk and Dimitri Voskoboynikov  to overpower their competition throughout the season.  Their successes over the course of this season, bodes well for the future of Falcons basketball.

Boys Middle School Basketball

The Middle School Falcons faced the challenges of being a young and inexperienced team this season.  Seventh graders Tyson Guilbeaux and Brandon Bowman showed great potential in their first year for the Falcons.  Eighth graders Brandon Wilson and AJ Koszalka provided the team with experience having played on previous school teams.  Given the opportunities each player had this season to fine tune their skills, there is great optimism for the returnees next year.

Spring Sports Preview

Florida Air Academy will field five varsity sports teams this spring.  An array of new coaches and athletes will be making their Falcons debuts this spring as members of the baseball, tennis, track and field, weightlifting and softball teams.


Coach Cesar Lopez takes the reigns of the Falcons baseball spring and has brought great hope to the diamond this season.  The Falcons return a lot of experience and veteran leadership from last years’ squad.  Seniors Roberto Enriquez, Deyni Camacho, Dewin Bautista, Yangel Rosario and Dionis Toribio have high expectations for the season ahead.  Additionally junior Diego Jiminez moves into the starting line-up and returnee Sonny Gowran is expected to play a larger role this season.  As the team pulls together over the course of this season, a lot will be expected in tournament play.


The Falcons varsity tennis team returns two players to a team that was one of the most successful in school history last season.  Senior Ashley DelMissier was the first female player from FAA to advance to the District Finals in singles while fellow senior Luke Sauer was a District Semi-Finalist.  Both players have the potential for competing for individual singles titles this season.  After graduating four seniors, a number of players will be competing for the Falcons for the first time including senior Kristoff Batson, junior Reece Powell and eighth grader Joelle Burley.

Track and Field

New Coach Katina Long begins her first season with the Falcons with an inexperienced yet talented team of athletes.  Cross country stars senior Ricardo Ontiveros, junior Ethan Aynes and senior Adalmaryz Gomez take to the track to lead our distance runners.  Senior Kristina Antonenko brings a wealth of previous experience to our field events though this will be her first year competing for the Falcons.  With a large contingent or middle-schoolers and high-schoolers alike, the future is very bright in all events.


Coach Gary Long brings a wealth of experience to his first year as the Falcons Weightlifting Coach this spring.  The team will benefit from the leadership and experience provided by senior brothers Justice and Micah Chiusano.  Though his team is inexperienced, Coach Long sees great potential for the season ahead and a springboard for the development of the overall weightlifting program for the future.


After making their debut last season, the Lady Falcons will be back on the diamond this season.  Coach Fran Mackin will have the added challenge of a team that graduated a number of starters from last season.  Senior leadership will be provided by Natasha Allbury and Tonyah Everett who are returnees from last years’ team.    Additionally, juniors Madison Sands and Mariia Gumeniuk add athleticism to the team and provide a bridge to the future of Falcon softball

With proven senior leadership in each sport, talented newcomers and enthusiastic coaches, there is a great deal of excitement and anticipation as our spring sports seasons commence.


FAA Alumni Update

Upon entering our gymnasium at Florida Air Academy, visitors are quick to notice the many jerseys that adorn the ceiling over the bleachers.  These jerseys represent many of our alumni who have pursued their basketball dreams in college and, in some cases, professionally

This year a number of former Falcons are playing NCAA College Basketball.  Currently, three of these Falcons are playing at the Division I level.  Our most celebrated girls players in school history, Jamie Kaplan (2011) is the starting point guard as a senior at Tulane University.  Jamie, who led FAA to its first ever girls Final Four, has Tulane on the cusp of a Top 25 ranking nationally.  Two other recent graduates are beginning their Division I careers.  Eliel Gonzalez (2013) is currently a back-up point guard at Hofstra University while Artem Tavaklyan (2014) is vying for playing as a shooting guard at Deleware State University.

A number of other graduates are playing significant roles on the Division II or Junior College level.  Last year’s leading scorer on our girls varsity team, Paola Vasquez (2014) is playing regular minutes as a freshman at Eastern Florida State College.  Kaspars Brencans (2011) returns for his senior year at Purdue-Calumet University as the team’s leading scorer and rebounder.  Luka Vermezovic (2013) completed a successful junior college season last year and has transferred to Newman College where he is playing regularly at center.  Additionally, three former Falcons continue to hone their skills at the junior college level: Lens Louis (2014-Pensacola JC), Bradley Christian (2013-Paris JC) and Justas Furmanivicius (2013-Three Rivers Community College).

While all of these young men and women continue to grow as players at the college level, three recent graduates are finding success in their professional careers.  Jerome Jordan (2006) transitioned from  a successful college career at Tulsa University to become the first former Falcon in the NBA.  This year, Jordan is a back-up center for the Brooklyn Nets.  After a successful freshman year at University of Texas, Ioannis Papapetrou (2013) signed a lucrative contract to play for Olympiacos in Greece where he is currently in his second season.  Additionally, Justinas Olechnavicius (2013) left FAA and immediately commenced his professional career in Kazhakstan.  Another extremely popular and successful former Falcon, Will Yeguete (2010) completed a stellar career at the University of Florida and recently signed with LeHavre to embark on his professional career in France.

We remain proud of the achievements of our Falcon family both collegiately and professionally.

Julius Johnson

For more information on the Florida Air Academy Athletic Program please contact us at 321.723.3211, ext.30142. For information on eligibility requirements by the FHSAA, visit their website www.fhsaa.org.


History of Athletic Excellence

The F.A.A. Falcons have brought home many State Championships in basketball, baseball, as well as gold medals in track and field. Two years ago at the London Summer Olympics we had two alumni competing, Sasha Kaun in basketball for his home country of Russia, and Leevan Sands (Bahamas) in track!  Leevan won a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics.

  • We offer such sports and athletic clubs, such as basketball, baseball, tennis, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, volleyball, weight lifting, track, tennis, archery, martial arts and more. . If there is student interest, other activities can be added.  Surfing in Brevard County is legendary and has produced such standouts as the Hobgood brothers and Kelly Slater.  Students may participate in skateboarding also.
  • We're classified by the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) as a class "3A" sized school, and compete with both public and private schools in the East Central Florida area.

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