With the retiring of long-time athletic director, Mr. Sipes, big changes are coming to the athletic department, including the appointment of current principal Mr. Maliborski as the 2018-2019 Head Athletic Director. However, with these administrative changes are some big changes in the sports themselves. As winter sports come to a close, spring sports are just beginning.
The SUA “Bowldawgs” still have a few matches left going into the end of February, but currently have an 8-11 record and are expected to perform well as they finish the season.
Swimming and diving had a fantastic season and are heading to sectionals once again. Three seniors committed to college programs this year, including: Ashley Voelkerding to Alabama; Anna Delgado to South Carolina; and Hannah Foster to University of Tennessee.
This year, the basketball program underwent a few challenges, including cutting the freshman team and dealing with limited gym time due to UC’s use of the gym. Junior Varsity concluded with a 6-16 record, and Varsity capped the season off at 5-17. This year, the Bulldogs are participating in a postseason tournament with teams from across southeast Ohio.
Softball, too, has made some changes to its coaching staff, including adding religion teacher Ms. Cahill back to the program after a year off, and hiring Donny Amrein as head coach. Taking into account Amrein's many years of coaching experience at the high school, collegiate, and olympic level, the softball team appears to be on the upswing for the 2017-2018 season.
After a strong showing during its winter session, track is expected to perform well in the spring. The 400m event has some strong competitors at SUA, and the coaching staff has dedicated a group solely for the purpose of developing these promising runners. Coming off of an impressive 2016-2017 season, the Bulldogs are expected to perform even better this year.
With a lot of new freshman and a varsity that is returning 10 seniors, the lacrosse program is optimistic about the upcoming season. Ms. Bailey Beardsley, SUA’s Director of Alumnae Relations, is joining the varsity coaching staff as an assistant. The program also welcomes Ms. Gabby Russo to the staff as one of two JV assistants. SUA’s own Mr. King is returning as the other JV assistant, bringing his 9 years of coaching with him.
Don’t forget to congratulate the five soccer seniors who signed their National Letters of Intent this February: Claudia Como to Ball State; Makenna Jordahl to Xavier; Madalyn Canter to Walsh; Sarah Wampler to Indiana University; and Lucie Roberts to Sacred Heart.
For more information on the 12 sports offered at SUA, check out the SUA Athletics Page.