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).

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

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 ayear 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).

Beck Brydon

Beck Brydon is the Director of Athletics for Regents School of Austin in Austin, Texas, a position he has held since 2006. Coach Brydon (or better known around campus as “Coach B”) has coached various sports at Regents since 1997 and whas been the Varsity Head Football Coach for the past 19 seasons. He served as Regents’ Director of Advancement from 2004-2006. Coach B’s vision is to redeem sports for Christ, one heart, one team and one event at a time. While seemingly a monumental task given today’s culture, it is the primary goal from which all 85 coaches of 55 athletic teams spanning 15 different sports at Regents, operate. He is currently an Executive Board Member of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) and has authored more than a dozen articles in state-wide and national publications on topics such as Christian worldview in sports, sportsmanship, technology and parenting. Coach B and his wife Trish, a 7th grade teacher at Regents, have three children.

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.