The insiderâ€™s guide to big blue athletics
TEAM FIRST A conversation with Athletic Director Leon Modeste WHAT MAKES AN ANDOVER STUDENT-ATHLETE SPECIAL? Our student-athletes are as passionate about sports as they are about coursework. They’re exceptional students of the game. They break down plays to see how they can improve themselves. They study film, train in the off-season, and perform at very high levels while working extremely hard in the classroom.
“EVERY DAY AT THREE O’CLOCK, I AM CHARGED UP WHEN I SEE OUR STUDENTS HEADING OVER TO THE GYM, BECAUSE THEY ARE ABOUT TO GET MOVING. ANDOVER IS ABOUT TO SWEAT. AND IF THEY’RE SWEATING, THEY’RE EXISTING. FOR ME, IT NEVER GETS OLD.”
HOW DO ANDOVER VALUES INFLUENCE THE ATHLETIC PROGRAM? Team first: that’s the ultimate non sibi. And that’s why playing and coaching at Andover is so cool. Non sibi [not for self ] has been the credo of every great team that’s ever existed. If you’re motivated by the concept of placing team before individual— by the idea that you’re enhancing community—you’ll do well in our program. HOW ARE ANDOVER ATHLETICS SIMILAR TO CLASSROOM LEARNING? The philosophy of self-discovery is quite similar. Like teachers, coaches encourage student-athletes to break away from the familiar. Many of our hockey players do yoga because they want to become more flexible. Coed Ultimate Frisbee attracts all levels of athletes; it takes coordination, endurance, and teamwork. We had a wrestler discover climbing; now he’s hooked on our Outdoor Pursuits program. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RESULTS OF THIS ENCOURAGEMENT? We’ve had first-time football players develop into team leaders. We’ve had kids who had never tried squash go on to play in college or just have fun with it. Crew is a big draw, and few have ever rowed prior to Andover. Our student-athletes play at the highest level in college and even compete in the Olympics. WHAT GIVES YOU THE MOST JOY AS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR? Knowing that our work contributes to the vitality of the entire campus community. The athletic department includes anyone who officiates a game, wraps an ankle, anyone who teaches ballet, leads a group hike, or hosts a team dinner—we’re all in it together.
PLAYING SMART Voices of Big Blue athletics
“SUCCESS IN SPORTS INVOLVES FAR MORE THAN JUST PHYSICAL TALENT. I STARTED A MENTAL SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM THAT TEACHES VISUALIZATION, MINDFULNESS, CONFIDENCE, EMOTION REGULATION, GOAL SETTING, AND MORE—SKILLS THAT CAN HELP IN THE CLASSROOM, TOO.” Lani Silversides, Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach, Instructor in Mathematics, Tang Institute Fellow in Applied Sports Psychology
“ANDOVER’S SCHOOL SPIRIT WILL BLOW YOU AWAY. YOU HAVEN’T EXPERIENCED A TRUE RIVALRY UNTIL YOU’VE PLAYED A GAME DURING ANDOVER-EXETER WEEKEND. THE CROWD IS INTENSE! IT MOTIVATES ALL OF US TO PERFORM OUR BEST AND MAKES US INCREDIBLY PROUD OF OUR SCHOOL.” Kaitlin ’17, Girls’ Varsity Soccer and Hockey
“THERE’S A COMMITMENT TO BECOMING THE BEST YOU CAN BE, AND THERE’S ALSO SUPPORT FROM EVERY SINGLE COACH TO BE A MULTISPORT ATHLETE. THERE ARE NO LIMITS AT ANDOVER, AND THIS HELPS YOU FIND YOUR TRUE PASSION.” Taylor ’17, Boys’ Varsity Basketball and Baseball
“IN 12 YEARS OF TENNIS, I HAVE NEVER MET A GROUP OF GIRLS WITH AS MUCH STRENGTH, INTEGRITY, AND TENACITY AS MY ANDOVER TEAMMATES. WE BRING EVERYTHING WE HAVE TO PRACTICE, MATCHES, AND OUR ACADEMICS. PLUS, WE’RE EACH OTHER’S BIGGEST FANS.” Reagan ’17, Girls’ Varsity Tennis
Cross Country Field Hockey Football Soccer Volleyball Water Polo
Baseball Crew Cycling Golf Lacrosse Softball Tennis Track & Field Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball Water Polo
WINTER Basketball Hockey Indoor Track Nordic Skiing Squash Swimming & Diving Wrestling
In addition to varsity and JV sports, Phillips Academy offers various other athletic and fitness options each season. From intramural teams to individual activities such as yoga, dance, and rock climbing, Andover provides students of all abilities with the opportunity to improve personal fitness, relax, and de-stress through physical exercise.
BIG BLUE STATS
67 interscholastic teams in 21 different sports
BILL BELICHICK ’71
19 playing fields
Wesleyan University ’75; Six-Time Super Bowl Champion; Head Coach, New England Patriots
18 tennis courts
REBECCA DOWLING CALDER ’94
1 outdoor synthetic surface track 2,000-seat lighted stadium 3 full-time certified athletic trainers 2 NHL and NCAA regulation-size ice rinks with heated viewing area
1 indoor swimming pool 3 gymnasiums with multiple basketball courts 2 dance studios 85 acres of campus woodlands for walking and running
OPENING IN 2017
U.S. Naval Academy ’98; First Female Graduate, U.S. Navy Top Gun School; New England Basketball Hall of Fame
ZAK DeOSSIE ’03 Brown University ’07; Two-Time Super Bowl Champion; Cocaptain, New York Giants
CAROLINE LIND ’02 Princeton University ’06; 2008 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Rowing
TIM WYNTER ’14 University of Southern California ’20; Represented Jamaica in 2016 Summer Olympics, Swimming
JULIE WADLAND ’06 Dartmouth College ’10; Goalkeeper for Boston Storm, Member Team of the First U.S. Women’s Professional Lacrosse League; Team USA 2008–2010
THE SNYDER CENTER, the Academy’s new 98,000-square-foot athletic facility, will include a 200-meter, four-lane indoor track; 12 international-size squash courts; a track infield that converts for basketball and tennis; all-weather practice space for field sports; a softball/baseball hitting tunnel; and multipurpose spaces for dance, fencing, and group fitness programs.
“ANDOVER ATHLETES UNDERSTAND IT’S COOL TO BE SMART. OUR ATHLETES LEARN AND IMPROVE THROUGH THEIR INNATE INTELLIGENCE, HARD WORK, AND SELFLESSNESS ON THE PLAYING FIELD.” Kevin Graber Varsity Baseball Coach, Senior Associate Director of Admission
180 Main St. Andover, Mass. 01810-4161 www.andover.edu/athletics
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