Athletics

St. Andrew's-Sewanee offers all students the opportunity to develop their athletic skills, to reach their athletic potential, and to enjoy sports through team membership, competition and participation. Competing as the SAS Mountain Lions, students build character, develop self-esteem, and learn the value of discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship. The program encourages all students with the desire and discipline to participate to experience the camaraderie of being a team member.

We field 32 interscholastic teams in 12 sports. More than 60% of our students participate in sports, and many of our athletes wear multiple hats - or helmets. SAS coaches respect and encourage the multi-sport athlete. They are eager to work with both our state-bound elite athletes and the student who is interested in experiencing a new sport for the first time.

... I just wanted you to know that your coaches and kids were the most respectful and courteous bunch of people that I have had the pleasure to officiate in a long time...I heard nothing but encouragement from the coaches (a rarity these days) and total respect for my partner and myself. You should commend your coaches for teaching these kids that it is not all about the winning ... Good job to all involved! ~ Ken Maury, Umpire

Interested in getting off the bench at SAS? Contact us today to schedule a visit or conversation with an SAS coach.


Athlete-Coach-Parent Relationships

Students involved in athletics experience some of the most rewarding and challenging moments of their lives. Positive coach-athlete relationships allow our athletes to revel in their successes and learn from their disappointments. At SAS, coaches strive to communicate clear expectations for team membership to both athletes and parents. Coaches make decisions based on what they believe is best for the team and all athletes involved. Above all, SAS believes in the importance of mutual respect between coaches and athletes and the support of parents in this important relationship. All of our coaches, athletes and parents sign our Athletics Covenant which reinforces this.

Covenant

As an SAS athlete,
I will give my best effort in every practice and every contest.
I will be on time and present for every team commitment.
I will respect and support my teammates.
I will respect the authority and judgment of my coach.
I will communicate with my coach if I have concerns or questions.
I will respect my opponents and the officials.
I will take responsibility for the care of all school equipment issued to me.
I will keep the locker room and practice areas neat and clean.
I will take responsibility for communicating with my teachers when class is missed due to athletics, and I will not use athletics as an excuse for an academic shortcoming.
I will practice good sportsmanship, representing SAS in a positive manner.

As an SAS coach,
I will respect the dignity of every athlete.
I will respect my opponents and the officials.
I will be on time for every team commitment.
I will prepare for practice with an organized plan.
I will communicate clear expectations to athletes and parents.
I will teach and model good sportsmanship, representing SAS in a positive manner.

As the parent of an SAS athlete,
I will offer positive support for my child's athletic participation.
I will respect the authority and judgment of the coach.
I will offer only positive support for the team and for the coaches during contests.
I will respect the decisions of the officials during contests.
I will discuss any concerns privately by phone or appointment with the coach first, then with the Athletic Director if necessary.
I will teach and model good sportsmanship, representing SAS in a positive manner.

Facilities

St. Andrew's-Sewanee's sports center experienced a complete renovation in 2000. The Wood-Alligood Gymnasium includes a basketball court with bleachers, the Goldfinch Wrestling Room, a state-of-the-art weight room, and an indoor batting cage. Outdoor facilities include a baseball field, six competitive tennis courts, and a 400-meter all-weather 6-lane track surrounding a football/soccer field. Swimmers use the indoor pool at the Fowler Center of the University of the South, and the golf team utilizes the University's 9-hole golf course. Horseback riders take advantage of the University of the South's Howell Riding Facility which includes 48 stalls, an indoor arena and two outdoor arenas.
St. Andrew's-Sewanee students also have access to the University of the South's Robert Dobbs Fowler Sports and Fitness Center. The Fowler Center houses an 8-lane 25 yard swimming pool complete with diving well, racquetball, handball, squash, volleyball and basketball courts, indoor tennis courts, an indoor track and a climbing wall.
Mountain bikers ride the 10 miles of single track on the school's 550-acre campus as well as trails on the University's adjoining 13,000-acre campus and the nearby Franklin County State Forest. A facility for storage and repair sits next to the Outing Building.
Rock climbers practice in the SAS Bouldering Cave and on the climbing wall at the University's Fowler Center. With our campus perched on a sandstone plateau (elev. 1,900 ft), numerous opportunities abound for outdoor challenges.

Sportsmanship

St. Andrew's-Sewanee conducts its athletics program with utmost integrity and will follow the rules of TSSAA. The practice of good sportsmanship and fair play applies not only to athletics, but also to the way all members of the SAS athletics community conduct their lives.

Nike School

In 2013, St. Andrew's-Sewanee School elected to become a Nike school. During the next three years, we will renew all of our uniforms to reflect this change.

What are the benefits to our athletes?

  • Our teams will have a consistent and polished appearance and be easily identified with SAS.
  • We will minimize inequalities across teams in terms of the quality and newness of uniforms.
  • Common practice gear across as many sports as possible helps to cut down on costs for families of multi-season athletes.
  • Athletes in all sports will receive and be charged for (and keep) their practice shirts, shorts, etc. but will be able to use this apparel across sports. So, for instance, the practice shorts your child buys for football will also be used for basketball. As has been our practice, athletes in all sports but swimming, volleyball, and tennis* will be issued team uniforms.

Questions? Contact Director of Athletics Rob Zeitler.

*Due to the more personal use of the uniforms, these teams have traditionally purchased their own uniforms.

The Competition

SAS is a member of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's (TSSAA) and plays in Division II East Region for independent schools. In swimming, which is not sanctioned by TSSAA, the school competes with area opponents. The SAS Swimming and Diving Snowball Invitational is one of the largest championships in the region and the Mountain Top Wrestling Invitational annually welcomes more than 130 contestants.

Recognition

In recent years, the Mountain Lions have won a team state championship in girls' tennis, individual state championships in girls' tennis singles and girls' cross country, and sent numerous wrestlers, golfers, swimmers, and track and field athletes to the state championships. The Middle School has won consecutive boys' basketball conference championships, while the girls have won or finished second for several years in a row. The Middle School has also claimed the Boys' Junior High State Championships in mountain biking.

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