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Winning Isn't The Only Thing
At St. John’s, we’ve devoted ourselves to building an athletic culture that lives and breathes by one principle: Winning is not about what the scoreboard says at the end of any contest. The way we see it, being a student-athlete is all about learning. Just ask our coaches.
“The student-athlete environment at St. John’s completely aligns with my own priorities as a coach, and in terms of what I’m looking for in a team,” says math teacher and volleyball head coach Kara Brown. “A focus on setting high expectations—while at the same time fostering a culture that values competition, character and collaboration—thrives in both the classrooms and the athletics program here.”
Naturally, we’re proud of our 111-year tradition of success on the field, the ice, the hardcourt, the track, and in the pool. In fact, we have earned the Boston Globe Nason Award* for program-wide athletic excellence 31 times. But being a student-athlete here doesn’t mean that a step toward athletics is a step away from scholarship. At St. John’s, commitment to your studies mirrors commitment to your teammates.
“Being both a former student-athlete at the school as well as a current coach, I’ve lived both sides of how our athletics program provides growth opportunities and fosters an environment of well-roundedness,” says Brian St. Pierre ’98, the head football coach and Mahoney Wellness Center program coordinator. “Participating in athletics here comes with a purposeful sense of individual responsibility and an expectation to stay focused on the big picture. Of course, our players and coaches want to win. Wholeheartedly. But at the same time, as a department, we proactively support our boys’ service to their communities—school, local, and abroad.
“We encourage them to deepen their explorations of their faith, and we expect them to offer support to a struggling teammate—to let him know they care,” he continues. “We also work hard to ensure they are performing academically and meeting their individual achievement objectives. As soon as you step on this campus, you get a sense that the scholar-athlete experience here is special.”
Our coaches work closely with student-athletes, helping them to develop new skills, improve their own abilities, and prioritize the best interest of the team while conducting themselves with respect, integrity and kindness. The pride and growth that come with wearing an Eagles uniform expands on their experience as they prepare for college and a career in which they likely “go pro” in something other than sports.
“There are two expectations on our teams: show up, and bring a desire to get better,” says track and field head coach Zach Lankow ’07. “We’re a competitive program with a tradition of success, but some of our greatest success stories are not conference MVPs, Boston Globe All-Scholastics, or All-Americans. Part of the beauty of sport is watching a student-athlete commit, and work hard to move improve through their own dedication. Achieving goals are great, but the gritty process of getting there is really what we enjoy, value and encourage—and it has tangible benefits far beyond the realm of athletics.”
Sports at the Prep are an authentic extension of our classrooms because all of our students strive to be their best and lift one another up—be it on the field, the stage, the lab or campus ministry. At St. John’s, it’s not just about winning. It’s about doing and being your best.
*Awarded to the Massachusetts school that compiles the highest winning percentage across all varsity programs throughout the academic year.
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