Concord Academy Athletics
At Concord Academy, we celebrate active learning and take pride in educating the whole student.
Whether on a soccer field, basketball court, our USTA tennis courts, or a cross-country course through Concord’s woodlands, our students develop physical, mental and emotional skills, learn important life lessons about teamwork, achievement, balance, and integrity — and cultivate passions that endure for a lifetime through our athletics program. Here are CA, through a broad spectrum of offerings, we can meet almost any interest with opportunity.
Our teams play in the competitive Eastern Independent League (EIL), which regularly produces collegiate-level players. At CA, we practice and compete in exceptional indoor and outdoor facilities, including the recently built Moriarty Athletic Campus. Our varsity teams focus on skill refinement and competition, while our JV, intramural, and PE offerings center on skill development and participation.
Without a requirement to participate in interscholastic team sports, students are free to pursue fitness in whatever form most appeals to them — whether that be yoga, strength conditioning, dance, or earning a spot on one of our 30 interscholastic teams, such as soccer, volleyball, Alpine skiing, or lacrosse. Under the guidance of a strong coaching staff and experienced athletic administrators, CA’s programs are geared to meet the needs of collegiate-bound athletes as well as students who simply want to stay healthy and have fun.
Unlike at most independent schools, CA teachers are not required to coach. As a result, all of our sports programs are led by passionate faculty members or expert independent coaches. Our seasoned coaching staff balances challenge and nurture for the best possible athletic experience for our students. Our commitment to fostering a lifetime of wellness, developing sport-specific skills, and cultivating values and life lessons through sport is the backbone of the CA athletic experience.
The boys varsity squash team enjoyed an outstanding season! The team posted an eight-game win streak in the thick of the regular season to finish 9-4 overall. As a result, the team was ranked 27th out of 40 programs in New England, its highest ranking in the past five years, and earned a No. 3 seed in the Class D NEPSAC tournament at Westminster School this past weekend. Winning two of its three matches, including the second win of the season over ISL foe St. Marks, boys squash proudly returned to campus from NEPSACs with a third-place trophy. The girls varsity squash program was young and rebuilding this winter. Highlights were winning three of four matches in early January and the experience of competing in the Class E tournament at Pomfret.
The boys varsity basketball team swept its four non-conference games this season but was able to pull out only one of many close league games. The girls varsity team stepped away from the league this year to rebuild. Highlights included an exciting come-from-behind victory over league foe Dana Hall on Senior Day and the significant improvement of many young players across the course of the season. The girls and boys JV basketball teams both worked hard and greatly improved throughout the winter as well!
A number of competitors received special distinction from the Eastern Independent League (EIL), New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), and Central Massachusetts Ski League (CSML).
CA’s Alpine ski and wrestling teams enjoyed strong seasons once again!
The girls varsity Alpine ski team dominated the Central Mountain Ski League (CMSL) this winter by winning every race. As a result, the team gathered a league championship at the CMSL awards ceremony at Wachusett Mountain and will see a banner raised to the gym rafters in honor of its accomplishment. The girls went on to carry their regular-season momentum into the NEPSAC championships at Waterville Valley, where they earned an impressive second-place finish in Class B. In addition, Tory Adams ’23 won the program’s first-ever NEPSAC individual championship! The boys enjoyed a second-place finish in the CMSL and represented the program well with their efforts at NEPSAC.
CA’s coed varsity wrestling program continued to grow, with 24 athletes competing for the Green this winter! The grapplers posted an impressive 9-4 regular-season record. In the EIL championship meet at Portsmouth Abbey, CA secured a second-place finish, with five wrestlers finishing in the top two of their weight class. Four wrestlers went on to represent CA well at the NEPSAC championships in Hartford, Conn., this past weekend.
The entire Concord community is looking forward to cheering on our four basketball teams and the wrestling squad as they host Lexington Christian Academy in the Battle of Lexington and Concord on Friday, January 31. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Australian wildlife rescue organization WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Educational Services). CA’s student athletic council will be selling T-shirts at the event to support the rescue service. This is the 17th edition of “the Battle.” CA won last year and looks to defend the Red Drum trophy on home “turf” by prevailing in at least three of the five scheduled contests. All games will be played at the SHAC. The girls JV basketball game will start at 3:30 p.m., boys JV basketball at 4:45 p.m., coed varsity wrestling at 5:00 p.m., girls varsity basketball at 6:00 p.m., and boys varsity basketball at 7:30 p.m.
At the end the fall 2019 season, a number of Concord Academy competitors have received special distinction from the Eastern Independent League (EIL) and New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Congratulations to all of Concord Academy’s dedicated athletes and coaches. View the awards list here>
Congratulations on your child earning a position on a CA winter team sport! It is an honor to represent CA on the court, slope, and mat. Your child will be in great hands, as our winter coaching staff is a committed and talented group of educators. Sue Johnson, director of athletics, focuses on supporting the students and coaches as they pursue their team and individual goals this winter. In this article, she points out a few items to assist parents in following and supporting your child’s team in the coming weeks.