Making Athletics a Positive for School Culture

A healthy, well-balanced, and mission-aligned athletic program can greatly enhance school culture for students, staff, parents, and community members. Intentional leadership with regards to philosophy and mechanics is a key component to a successful athletic program. This session will discuss best (and not-so-best) practices when it comes to leading an athletic program to build school culture in a classical school.

Mike Roberts

Mr. Michael Roberts is the Assistant Headmaster and Athletic Director at Hillsdale Academy. He is also a lecturer in the Sports Studies Department at Hillsdale College and serves as the Head Track and Field Coach at Hillsdale Academy. He completed his B.A. coursework in History and Health and Physical Education from Hillsdale College in 1998 and then served a year as Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach and Intramural Sports Director at Hillsdale College. The following year he was the Head Coordinator and a teacher at the Sturgis High School Alternative Education Program. He then taught and coached for two years in the Cheyenne Mountain School District in Colorado Springs, before he returned to Hillsdale in 2002 for his current position. He has an M.A. in Education Leadership from the University of Colorado and a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) endorsement through the NIAAA. During his nineteen years as Hillsdale Academy Athletic Director he has helped lead the program to great success - including over ninety percent participation from the student body and numerous conference, district, regional, and state championships. Mike has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 21 years and they have four daughters: Anna (17), Megan (16), Caroline (14), and Eliza (10).

Development of Athletics With Human Flourishing In Mind

There is a connection between human flourishing and athletics when athletics is done properly, especially in a Christian classical education setting. The purpose of this lecture is to show how human flourishing can be used to guide the development of a Christian classical school's athletic program.

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Sports through a Christian Worldview Lens

Sports can be an incredible tool for teaching, training and discipleship. However, too often Christians compartmentalize their faith and what they know to be true when it comes to sports.

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Towards an Apologetic for Athletics in Classical Christian Schools

If you mention teaching, reading, writing, or math in classical circles you will be bombarded with books and curriculum dedicated to a classical approach to this work. Has contemporary education really nailed it when it comes to athletics, or have classical educators dropped the ball in following a pattern that does not serve them well?

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Coaches as a Key Component to a Successful and Mission-Aligned Athletic Program

Beck Brydon and Mike Roberts share best practices for both small and large classical schools of how to lay a solid foundation for new or struggling athletic programs.

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How to Build a Successful Athletic Program

The athletic program is a key component of a healthy classical school. Every classical school can have a robust athletic program regardless of its size. With an average enrollment of 15-20 students per grade, Hillsdale Academy has built a thriving athletic program over the past twenty years. This panel will explore best practices and cover how to build, sustain, and take your athletic program to the next level.

Mike Roberts

Mr. Michael Roberts is the Assistant Headmaster and Athletic Director at Hillsdale Academy. He is also a lecturer in the Sports Studies Department at Hillsdale College and serves as the Head Track and Field Coach at Hillsdale Academy. He earned his B.A. in History and Health and Physical Education from Hillsdale College in 1998 and M.A. in Education Leadership from the University of Colorado in 2002. He also earned his Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) endorsement through the NIAAA. He taught history and geography at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School in Colorado for two years before returning to Hillsdale in the fall of 2002 for his current position. In 1999-2000 he served as the Coordinator of the Alternative Education program at Sturgis High School in Michigan. In 1998-1999 he was an Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach and Intramural Sports Director at Hillsdale College.

Greeks, Geeks, and Cleats – Advancing the Classical Model

A vibrant athletic program s co-curricular and essential to the advancement of a classical model school, and provides discipleship opportunities that the classroom cannot. Come hear how Regents School of Austin’s “Theology of Sport” is instrumental to the execution of a healthy, right-prioritized athletic department that strengthens the school’s community.

Beck Brydon

Beck Brydon has been the Director of Athletics at Regents since 2006 and was the school's Director of Institutional Advancement from 2004-2006. He has coached at Regents for 15 years. As Varsity Head Football Coach from 2000 to present, he has led Regents to 5 state football titles and played for two others during that time.

Developing an Athletic Program in an Emerging School

Young, emerging schools have the daunting task of expanding curricular (both co and extra) offerings as the schools grow. In athletics, there are an infinite number of things to consider – what sports to play, how to get good coaches, what do you pay choaches, where do you play, who do you play against, how do you fund the sport, how do you define healthy parental involvement, how do coaches and teachers work together, how to ensure mission-fulfillment, and many more. This session will provide ideas and solutions to these issues and others. This session will be most effective with heavy audience interaction so bring your questions.

Beck Brydon

Beck Brydon has been the Director of Athletics at Regents since 2006 and was the school's Director of Institutional Advancement from 2004-2006. He has coached at Regents for 15 years. As Varsity Head Football Coach from 2000 to present, he has led Regents to 5 state football titles and played for two others during that time.