Dear Newman Parents,
For many, many years, Newman Athletics has played an important role in the lives of our students, faculty, parents, and alumni. As a former student-athlete, coach, and now as the Athletic Director, I strongly believe in the profound impact athletics can play in the lives of our student-athletes. With each and every season come valuable lessons in hard work, commitment, teamwork, and learning how to persevere through adversity. Our sports programs offer our student-athletes a unique opportunity to continue their learning outside of the classroom, and this experience helps drive our coaches and the entire Athletic Department.
In 2018-19, Newman had over 350 student-athletes working hard and competing for their school. In the Upper School, we fielded 22 athletic programs which comprised 29 teams. At the Middle School level, we fielded 23 teams within 15 programs. These student-athletes and teams were led by an incredibly talented, committed, and passionate community of coaches. With over 100 coaching slots filled by both full-time and part-time coaches, we are extremely grateful to have such a devoted group of professionals who are also fully aligned with the mission of our School.
In any given year, we will have over 85% of our student body in grades six through twelve participating in at least one sport at Newman. Through the years, this type of participation, dedication, and commitment to excellence has produced 98 State Championships, including last year’s Boys Swimming State Championship and Girls Tennis State Championship (the first since 1984). We are also very proud of the many top finishes of our varsity programs. Along with the great overall team success last year, Newman athletes were recognized and honored for their individual achievements with countless student-athletes named to the All-District, All-Metro, All-Region and All-State teams. It is also important to recognize that of the 33 underclassmen awards given for scholarship, character, and academic excellence at the spring Upper School awards assembly, 27 of those awards were presented to student-athletes.
Improvements to our facilities continue to provide tremendous experiences for all of our student-athletes, parents, fans and the greater Newman and New Orleans community. The new Manning Family Athletic Complex includes a grass practice field, a professionally turfed field (Kolb Field), the Whitney Concessions Stand, the Berger Family Sky Deck that provides a phenomenal vantage point to view games, and a new Press Box and filming area. The signature space of the new project is Reginelli Way, an entrance to the complex, which honors legendary football coach Tony Reginelli. Across the field, our student-athletes can stay in peak condition using the newly renovated Berger Family Fitness Center. There is no question these spaces are a tremendous addition to our stellar athletic facilities.
Newman’s rich history of competitive sports has set high expectations for our student-athletes and coaches. These high expectations motivate our student-athletes and coaches to strive to make their programs the very best they can be. Throughout this process, our student-athletes are presented with valuable life experiences in an inclusive environment where they have the opportunity to develop strong relationships with their teammates and their coaches. Ultimately, Newman Athletics allows our student-athletes to have a more well-rounded Newman experience.
Athletics at Newman are very special, and we in the Athletic Department appreciate you being ALL N.
Patrick Summerour ’95