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At SAS, we believe that being part of a team is a uniquely valuable learning experience. That's why we encourage all students to participate in interscholastic athletics, and most do! SAS teams include state-bound elite athletes and the student who is interested in experiencing a new sport for the first time. SAS athletes:

  • Get and stay fit
  • Set and achieve personal goals
  • Enjoy the benefits of self-discipline
  • Build strong friendships through teamwork
  • Gain a coach for life
  • Learn to win (and lose) with grace

Competing as the SAS Mountain Lions, we field 32 interscholastic teams in 12 sports. In an age that encourages specialization, many of our athletes wear multiple hats - or helmets, and our coaches respect and encourage the multi-sport athlete.

The SAS athletics program hooked me on the habit of fitness and competition while cultivating my integrity and confidence as a person and an athlete. - Christian Taylor '17, University of Alabama-Huntsville, Mechanical Engineering and ROTC

... I just wanted you to know that your coaches and kids were the most respectful and courteous bunch of people that I have had the pleasure to officiate in a long time...I heard nothing but encouragement from the coaches (a rarity these days) and total respect for my partner and myself. You should commend your coaches for teaching these kids that it is not all about the winning ... Good job to all involved! ~ Ken Maury, Umpire

Interested in getting off the bench at SAS? Contact us today to schedule a visit or conversation with an SAS coach.

Athlete-Coach-Parent Relationships

Positive coach-athlete relationships help our athletes to revel in their successes and learn from their disappointments. At SAS, coaches communicate clear expectations for team membership to both athletes and parents. SAS believes in the importance of mutual respect between coaches and athletes and the support of parents in this important relationship. All of our coaches, athletes, and parents sign our Athletics Covenant which reinforces this.


As an SAS athlete,
I will give my best effort in every practice and every contest.
I will be on time and present for every team commitment.
I will respect and support my teammates.
I will respect the authority and judgment of my coach.
I will communicate with my coach if I have concerns or questions.
I will respect my opponents and the officials.
I will take responsibility for the care of all school equipment issued to me.
I will keep the locker room and practice areas neat and clean.
I will take responsibility for communicating with my teachers when class is missed due to athletics, and I will not use athletics as an excuse for an academic shortcoming.
I will practice good sportsmanship, representing SAS in a positive manner.

As an SAS coach,
I will respect the dignity of every athlete.
I will respect my opponents and the officials.
I will be on time for every team commitment.
I will prepare for practice with an organized plan.
I will communicate clear expectations to athletes and parents.
I will teach and model good sportsmanship, representing SAS in a positive manner.

As the parent of an SAS athlete,
I will offer positive support for my child's athletic participation.
I will respect the authority and judgment of the coach.
I will offer only positive support for the team and for the coaches during contests.
I will respect the decisions of the officials during contests.
I will discuss any concerns privately by phone or appointment with the coach first, then with the Athletic Director if necessary.
I will teach and model good sportsmanship, representing SAS in a positive manner.


St. Andrew's-Sewanee's Wood-Alligood Gymnasium includes a basketball court with bleachers, the Goldfinch Wrestling Room, a state-of-the-art weight room, and an indoor batting cage. Outdoor facilities include a baseball field, six competitive tennis courts, and a 400-meter all-weather 6-lane track surrounding a football/soccer field. Swimmers use the indoor pool at the Fowler Center of the University of the South, and the golf team utilizes the University's award-winning Course at Sewanee. St. Andrew's-Sewanee students also have access to the University of the South's Robert Dobbs Fowler Sports and Fitness Center and Brunton-Guerry Tennis Courts. The Fowler Center houses an 8-lane 25 yard swimming pool complete with diving well, racquetball, handball, squash, volleyball and basketball courts, indoor tennis courts, an indoor track, and a climbing wall.
Mountain bikers ride the 10 miles of single track on SAS's 550-acre campus as well as trails on the University's adjoining 13,000-acre campus and the nearby Franklin County State Forest. A facility for storage and repair sits next to the Outing Building.
Rock climbers practice in the SAS Bouldering Cave and on the climbing wall at the University's Fowler Center. With our campus perched on a sandstone plateau (elev. 1,900 ft), numerous opportunities abound for outdoor challenges.


St. Andrew's-Sewanee conducts its athletics program with utmost integrity and according to the rules of Tennessee Secondary School Athletics Association. The practice of good sportsmanship and fair play applies not only to athletics, but also to the way all members of the SAS athletics community conduct their lives.

The Competition

SAS is a member of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's (TSSAA) and plays in Division II East Region for independent schools. In swimming, which is not sanctioned by TSSAA, the school competes with area opponents. Our 8-man football team participates in the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference (MTAC). And, the varsity mountain biking team is in the Tennessee Interscholastic Cycling League.

The SAS Swimming and Diving Snowball Invitational is one of the largest championships in the region. The Mountain Top Wrestling Invitational annually welcomes more than 130 contestants. And, the SAS trails are the location for the Tennessee Interscholastic Cycling League Championships.

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