Athletics Program

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 Varsity Basketball – Football (Spring)

Boys Jr-Varsity Basketball

Girls Varsity Basketball


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:

  • Six time State Champions
  • Five straight titles (2005-2009)
  • Adidas Flagship School since 2015

Head Coach: Charles Cunningham

Some of our outstanding sports alumni:

Former Arlington Country Day players currently playing Division I Basketball

  • Wally JudgeRutgers
  • Rodney McGruderKansas State (2013)
  • Justin JacksonCincinnati
  • Kelvin GainesCincinnati
  • John BrownHigh Point
  • Gary BrowneWest Virginia
  • James BellVillanova
  • Michael JavesArkansas 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.

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.



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. The 2012 squad led by Coach Michael Martin flourished with a solid group of underclassmen has set a new standard for our team.

The Lady Apaches stand poised to make a bonafide run at the SIAA State Title.



Meet Coach Cunningham

Coach Charles Cunningham, brings with him a wealth of coaching experience which included 28 + years at the Division I level and six postseason appearances.

Cunningham added to his postseason resume in 2011, as he helped UALR capture the school’s first-ever Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship to secure a berth in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. It was the fourth NCAA Tournament appearance for Cunningham as a coach, as he was also a part of NCAA Tournament teams at Minnesota (1997 and 1999) and Murray State (1995).

Prior to joining the Trojans for the 2008-09 season, Cunningham most recently served as an assistant coach at South Florida during the 2006-07 season. Over the course of his career, Cunningham has made stops at Duquesne, UNLV, Minnesota, Arkansas State, Missouri State, Western Kentucky and Murray State.

During his time at Minnesota (1996-99), Cunnigham helped guide the Gophers to three consecutive postseason berths, including a Final Four appearance in 1997 and a National Invitation Tournament championship in 1998. He spent the 1998-99 season as an Assistant Athletic Director for Men’s Basketball Operations and helped the Gophers return to the NCAA Tournament.

Cunningham has worked with a number of student-athletes who have advanced into the professional ranks, including NBA players Bobby Jackson, Joel Pryzbilla and John Thomas. He also recruited former NBA player Popeye Jones (Murray State), former Minnesota standouts Quincy Lewis, Sam Jacobson, Chris Robinson and Darnell Mee (Western Kentucky).

In addition to his vast coaching experience, Cunningham brings a familiarity with the Sun Belt Conference having spent a combined five seasons at Western Kentucky (1988-92) and Arkansas State (1995-96).

Cunningham began his coaching career in 1973 as a graduate assistant at the University of North Alabama (then Florence State), where he played two seasons after transferring from Snead Junior College. Cunningham, who is a member of UNA’s Athletic Hall of Fame, earned a pair of letters at UNA and received all-conference accolades as a senior.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and history from UNA in 1973, and completed his master’s in education in 1975. After two seasons at UNA, Cunningham took an assistant coaching job at Bradshaw High School in Florence, Ala. He spent eight years as an assistant (1975-83) before taking over as head coach (1983-86).

Cunningham got his first Division I coaching job at Murray State (1986-88), helping the Racers to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1988. Led by Popeye Jones, the 14th-seeded Racers upset No. 3 seed North Carolina State in the opening round.



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