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CG letter jackets available now

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We are partnering with LaHaie’s, an Oregon family-owned business, to make a Catlin Gabel letter jacket. LaHaie’s uses northwest-produced 100% wool fabric. The jackets are manufactured in Portland, and all patches and embroidery are locally made.

LaHaie’s will be on campus with sample jackets on Monday, December 5, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the gym. If you would like to check sizes, they will make note if it for future orders. If you are ready to order now, they can help you.

The jackets come in many different sizes, including children’s sizes for Beehivers.

You may purchase the jacket alone, or add any of the patches listed below.

Base price for letter jacket: $177

Add patches on the front
First and/or last name: $22
Blue varsity letter: provided by student (no charge)
White JV/activity letter: $15
Graduation year: $24

Add patches on the back
Catlin Gabel: $44
Eagle mascot: $85
“Eagles” script: $44

Add sleeve patch only
Tree logo: $39

Sewing patches on: $40

Total for jacket with patches on front and sleeve only: $300
Total for jacket with all patches: $475

Order jackets at LaHaie's Jackets, 503-648-2341

Interview with new athletic director

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Meet Sandy Luu

Athletic director Sandy Luu came to Catlin Gabel this year from Liberty High School in Hillsboro, where she was AD of their large 5A program. An Oregon native, Sandy previously served as athletic director at Morrison Academy International School in Taichung, Taiwan. Originally a 6th grade language arts and math teacher, she has also taught in Vietnam and China. We caught up with Sandy to find our how things are going for her at Catlin Gabel.

How’s Catlin Gabel treating you?

I have really enjoyed my first few months here. The people are amazing—just as advertised. The faculty and staff really care about the students, and about their colleagues. Everyone is so complimentary of each other’s strengths. They feed off each other in a very positive way. People here told me before I was hired that they love coming to work each and every day. I fully agree.

Tell us about your background and how you became an athletic director.

Sports have shaped my life. Growing up I played as much as I could, even persuading the middle school athletic director to let me participate on the 7th grade team as a 5th grader. In college I played varsity fast pitch softball, basketball, and volleyball, but I love all sports. I have coached basketball, softball, and volleyball. I studied education in college and taught for many years, but started moving toward athletic administration when I was in Taiwan. Coaching coaches and organizing sports really appeals to me. I took classes at Ohio University during summer vacations and earned a master’s in athletics administration.

What is your general philosophy about the role of athletics in schools?

I believe in character-based athletics. Catlin Gabel has a great tradition of winning the right way, and I want to continue this. The character development is paramount; the wins are icing on the cake. Sports are an extension of the classroom and teach lessons about how to be a good teammate and the value of hard work. Athletics builds confidence and self esteem. The skills you learn through sports will help you now and serve you well later in life. Employers look for people who know how to lead as well as people who can be good teammates. They want people who have handled loss and experienced success.

What advice would you offer athletes and their parents who think CG’s high school athletic program is too small for colleges to take notice of a star athlete?

College coaches are looking for one thing: talented athletes. They are not as interested in the size of the school or how well the school team did in recent seasons. They are really looking for potential. Being a talented student-athlete at Catlin Gabel can have a lot of advantages. You can assume a leadership role and have a great chance to earn a starting position. One of the greatest benefits here is personal attention from coaches and teachers.

Is it a disadvantage for outstanding athletes to compete at a small school if they hope for an athletic scholarship?

The advantage you gain at Catlin Gabel is the level of academics. The education you receive here is unmatched. The benefit you will have is in the transcript you provide, along with your athletic résumé. I don’t think people understand how few scholarships are available for Division I and II sports. A fully financed Division I soccer program can offer 9.9 full rides, but they split these up among all of their players (as many as 25 or 30), which leaves some players with very small scholarships. Often, Division III schools are the best places to receive scholarships. These schools don’t offer athletic scholarships, but they routinely give merit awards for academic and other accomplishments. The merit scholarships that private colleges award can be a significant percentage of tuition.

What are some of the differences between being AD at a large school like Liberty HS in Hillsboro and a small school like CG?

Going from nearly 1,400 students to 300 is a big transition. CG’s smaller program is one of the main reasons I applied for this job. I love to work with kids and build relationships with them. In a large school, the athletic director is mainly a scheduler, and most of my time was spent making sure everyone was where they needed to be. At Catlin Gabel, I can get to know the students and make sure all of the coaches are contributing to students’ lives in positive ways. I can have more of an impact.

What have you found most challenging in your new job?

In my past school, I only had high school sports. Here at CG, there are more sports teams at different levels, so have many more balls in the air. Everyone in the PE department and the coaches have been incredibly helpful and supportive. I couldn’t ask for a better group to work with.

How are your sons Trevor (a junior) and Max (a freshman) adjusting?

Catlin Gabel is a great fit for Trevor and Max. They love it here; it reminds them of the school they attended for seven years in Taiwan. They will probably hate me talking about them, but CG has been a huge blessing for my boys. The individualized instruction is unmatched. I just attended my first parent-teacher conferences and was blown away. After just two-and-a-half months their teachers have my boys figured out. I also attended a couple of senior athletes’ conferences, and the general theme from parents was thankfulness. They appreciate the time teachers put into the kids. They know that CG has shaped the people their children have become. I couldn’t ask for more for my own boys.

What have you liked most about Catlin Gabel so far?

The school transforms lives. I have been most impressed by how the faculty treats each student as an individual and how well they know each child’s strengths and weaknesses. Teachers and staff work hard at building relationships with their students daily. I have never seen anything like this at any of the other schools I have worked at. Teachers are interested in many aspects of their student’s lives. It’s impressive to see so many faculty and staff members out watching extracurricular activities. I have also been impressed with the students. They are refreshingly polite, friendly, and selfless. They are always ready to lend a hand and pitch in, whether for service day, or just to help put away sports gear.

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Girls soccer team playing OES for state championship Saturday

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Congratulations Eagles!

Girls Soccer Final
Saturday, November 19
10:30 a.m.
Liberty High School

Join us for this exciting match as the varsity girls soccer team faces their friendly rivals for the state title.

Every CG voice is needed.

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Admission: Cash or VISA/MasterCard only | Adult $8 | Student $5

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Sophomore Mckenzie Spooner invited to run at Nike competition

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Mckenzie is among the top 40 girl cross-country runners in Oregon to compete against the top 40 girls from Washington at the 13th annual Border Clash. The Nike-sponsored event is on Saturday, November 20.

Calling all fans to the last home varsity boys soccer game Friday

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Come support the seniors at their last home game of the season. Cheer on the mighty Eagles at 4:15 p.m.

CGS teams run with world champions at Nike

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On October 20, students on Catlin Gabel cross country teams had the opportunity to meet all of the professional runners from the Nike Oregon Project and run with them on the wood chip trails surrounding Nike’s campus. After an introduction to all of the professional athletes by head coach Alberto Salazar, the cross-country team headed out for a few miles around the Beaverton campus.

Some of the athletes who guided the students around Nike’s campus included Mo Farah, gold and silver medalist at the World Championships in August; Galen Rupp, American record holder in the 10,000 meters and five-time NCAA champion; Kara Goucher, bronze medalist at the World Championships and three-time NCAA champion; and Dathan Ritzenhein, Olympian and NCAA champion, among others. Alberto Salazar, himself a three-time New York City Marathon champion and Boston Marathon champion, now coaches the Nike Oregon Project with the goal of developing the world’s best athletes to win medals at the World Championships and Olympic games.
Catlin Gabel’s cross country team members were able to ask the athletes questions as they explored the trails on campus and after finishing up their run. The students were incredibly inspired from this meeting and are now ready to convert some of that enthusiasm into results at the upcoming district and state championships in the coming weeks. Knight Family Scholars director and MS cross country coach Chad Faber said, “Our kids get the chance to run with the world’s best athletes today and watch them compete for and win medals at next summer’s Olympic Games in London. I can’t think of any experience more exciting for a student-athlete.”


Homecoming 2011 photo gallery

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Alumni, friends, families, and great soccer

Thanks go to media arts teacher Brendan Gill for taking these great photos of the community gathering in the Barn, fans at the field, the jazz band at halftime, and awesome JV and Varsity girls soccer.

Sophomore Jonathan Cannard competed at the Youth Laser 4.7 World Championships in San Francisco

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 Jonathan sailed his 14-foot rig alongside the top 113 boys and 52 girls from 48 countries including Japan, Peru, and Australia.

Upper School preseason athletics practices begin August 22

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Upper School soccer, volleyball and cross-country

Join an Upper School Athletic Team
We encourage all students to join a Catlin Gabel team. Each year a number of students, particularly freshmen and sophomores, hesitate to come out for sports, believing they are too inexperienced to participate. Our no-cut policy allows for everyone to participate. We provide great opportunities for students to give new sports a try. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. We hope to see you on August 22, when preseason practice begins for soccer, volleyball, and cross-country.

For conditioning, skill development, and team organization, athletes planning to participate in the first fall contests are required to attend preseason practices. Athletes missing practices or arriving after the starting date will be withheld from competitions until they have completed nine practices.

Once classes begin on September 2, practices are after school from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. There is no practice on Labor Day.

» Link to game and meet schedules

Upper School Athletics 2011-12 Preseason Schedule

Boys Soccer
Monday, August 22 – Friday, August 26, 9:30 a.m. – noon
Monday, August 29 – Thursday, September 1, 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Head Coach: Roger Gantz, 503-780-3312

Girls Soccer
Monday, August 22 – Thursday, September 1, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Head Coach: Mark Lawton, 503-860-5164

Optional Soccer Camp through CG Summer Programs
August 15 – 19, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Grades 9 – 12 (or with permission)
Lisa Unsworth with Catlin Gabel soccer coaching staff
Work on skills, strategy, and fitness before soccer tryouts. Evenings include drills and technique, shooting, tactics, small-sided games, and full-sided scrimmages. Great preparation for preseason and upcoming league play.

Girls Volleyball
Monday, August 15 – Friday, August 19, 4 – 8 p.m. (this is optional)
Monday, August 22 – Friday, August 26, 4 – 8 p.m.
Monday, August 29 – Wednesday, August 31, 4 – 8 p.m.
Head Coach: Chris Snelling, 503-841-8956

August 22 – August 26
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 –11 a.m.
Head Coach: John Hamilton, 503-645-7198

Optional cross-country summer practices
Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. for interval session. Meet at the gym.
Saturday at 9 a.m. for a 3 to 6 mile run. Meet at the bottom of the Leif Erickson Trail on NW Thurman Street.
Monday, August 15, 23rd annual Oak Hills preseason run • swim• ice cream social 7 – 9 p.m.

Notes for All Athletes
Students should have their own footwear properly broken in by the opening day of practice to avoid blisters. Wear athletic clothes suitable for the weather. Soccer players should bring water bottles to carry with them to the field. It is wise to start some conditioning well before August 22 in order to build fitness gradually. This will help avoid muscle soreness and injuries.

Family medical and emergency contact forms must be submitted online before the first day of practice. Update or approve your forms here. Also, all 9th and 11th graders must complete the pre-participation physical examination with their physicians and turn in the required paperwork before the first day of practice. State law requires the school to have the forms on file before students may practice. The forms were emailed in May, and are available in PDF format at the end of this article. Please call the Upper School office at ext. 318 if you have any questions about the forms.

For questions or clarification about the athletics program please email or call Sandy Luu, athletic director, at or 971-404-7253.


Spring 2011 athletics wrap-up

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Congratulations, Eagles!

Boys Golf
Team: district champions, 8th at state
Connor Oliver: district champion, 1st team all-district, 8th at state, 2nd team all-state
Philip Paek: 3rd at district, 1st team all-district
James Furnary: 2nd team all-district

Girls Golf
Team: 2nd at district, 5th at state
Sophia Roman: 1st team all-district
Logan Smesrud: 2nd team all-district
Cydney Smith: 3rd team all-district

Girls Track
Team: 2nd at district, 2nd at state
4 x 100 relay team: district and state champions
Mariah Morton, Linnea Hurst, Cammy Edwards, Eloise Miller
4 x 400 relay team: district champions, 3rd at state
Fiona Noonan, Cammy Edwards, Mariah Morton, Eloise Miller
Mariah Morton: district and state champion long jump; district and state champion triple jump
Eloise Miller: 2nd at district and state long jump; 2nd at district and state triple jump
Cammy Edwards: district champion, 2nd at state 300m hurdles; 2nd at district, 4th at state 100m hurdles
Hannah Rotwein: 2nd at district, 5th at state 3000m

Boys Track
Team: 6th at district
Eli Pelton Wilson: 2nd at district, state qualifier 110m hurdles; 2nd at district, 6th at state 300m hurdles
Parris Joyce: 2nd at district, 9th at state 800m

Girls Tennis
Team: 3rd at state
Kate Rubenstein: district runner up, state runner up

Boys Tennis
Team: 2nd at district, 2nd at state
Andrew Salvador: district champion, 3rd at state
Will Caplan and Reid Goodman: district doubles champions, state quarterfinals

Team record 0-19
Jesse Kimsey-Bennett: 2nd team all-district
Graham Fuller: honorable mention
Jared Woods: honorable mention

Four tennis players advance to state finals

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Junior Andrew Salvador won the district boys singles championship, seniors Will Caplan and Reid Goodman took the boys doubles title, and junior Kate Rubinstein finished as district runner up in girls singles. They will compete for state titles on May 20 and 21 in Eugene.

Boys and girls golf teams head to state

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Congratulations, Eagles!

The boys team will compete at the state for the ninth consecutive time after winning their district title by 21 shots. The girls are going to state for the first time after finishing in second place at district. The state competition for boys and girls is on May 16 and 17 at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis. Congratulations, Eagles!



Three coaches named state coach of the year

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Three Catlin Gabel coaches were named state coach of the year for leading their teams to state championships. John Hamilton was honored for coaching boys golf and girls cross country, Hedy Jackson for boys tennis, and Lerry Baker for girls track and field. Thanks to these great coaches for all they do for our students, and congratulations to all three! 

Catlin Gabel News Winter 2010-11

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From the Winter 2010-11 Caller


Nobel laureate poet Billy Collins visited this fall as the 2010–11 Karl Jonske Memorial Lecturer, surprising an English class with a visit before reading his poetry to all. . . . Students and teachers from Martinique and Gifu Kita, Japan, visited campus this winter. . . . Upper and Middle School students performed at Portland’s Winningstad Theatre during the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, a collaboration between Portland Playhouse and area high schools.


Upper School science teacher Bob Sauer was named an Outstanding Classroom Teacher in his region by the Oregon Science Teachers Association. The citation noted his ability to engender enthusiasm about science in his students and his international efforts for science education and experiential travel. . . . A paper co-authored by Upper School math teacher Lauren Sharesian on oscillators will be published by the prestigious journal Physical Review E . . . Woodshop teacher Michael deForest was this year’s Esther Dayman Strong lecturer and spoke on his apprenticeship to Ghana’s fantasy coffin-makers. . . . 4th grade teacher Mariam Higgins traveled to Haiti with a team of doctors to assist with surgical care and deliver medical and school supplies


The TechStart Education Foundation named robotics program director Dale Yocum Oregon’s technology educator of the year for inspiring passion and commitment and making technology accessible to all students; the award came with a $1,000 donation to the robotics program. . . . Catlin Gabel’s Flaming Chickens robotics team hosted the first annual Girl’s Generation robotics competition, and our girls team picked up the win. . . . Eighth grade Team Delta won the 1st place champion’s runner-up award at the state Lego robotics competition with an innovative research project on lower leg prosthetics for developing countries.


Vighnesh Shiv ’11 earned the AP Scholar with Distinction Award for receiving and average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Rohisha Adke ’11 earned the AP Scholars Award. . . . Samme Sheikh ’11 was named an outstanding participant in the National Achievement Program, an academic competition that recognizes African American high schoolers. . . . 768 pounds of produce gleaned by 3rd and 4th graders at Kruger’s Farm was donated to the Oregon Food Bank. . . . Casey Currey- Wilson ’13 won first prize in the teen category of the nationwide Canon Photography in the Parks contest. . . . Aditya Sivakumar ’18 came in 3rd nationally in the elementary division of the Music Teachers National Association music competition. Lauren Mei Calora ’20 and Megan Stater ’12 won their age group at the Oregon Music Teachers Association classical piano competition. Holly Kim ’12 was selected for the All-State and All-Northwest Honors Orchestras.


Catlin Gabel won three state championships this fall: the boys and girls soccer teams, and the girls cross country team. McKensie Mickler ’11 was named volleyball league player of the year, and Joseph Oberholtzer ’11 was voted state soccer player of the year. Joseph and teammate Ian Agrimis ’11 made first team all-state. Boys golf coach John Hamilton was the Oregon nominee for the National Federation of High Schools “Coach of the Year” award. . . . Portland Tribune named three students athlete of the week: Zoë Schlanger ’13 and Ian Agrimis ’11 for soccer, and Esichang McGautha ’12 for basketball. McKensie Mickler ’11 was recognized as athlete of the week by the Oregonian. USA Synchro named Katy Wiita ’12 to the 2011 National Synchronized Swimming Team, which will compete in Shanghai, China. . . . Alex Foster ’11 was one of 150 students nationwide named to the 2011 McDonald’s All American games for basketball.  


Alumni talk about coach Mike Davis, on his retirement

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From the Winter 2010-11 Caller

From Peter Gail ’96

"La Salle's not doing this. . . . " he bellowed out from atop the "hill" in his classic English accent. "OES isn't doing this . . . Catlin Gabel Savings and Loan. We put it in today and take it out on our opponent." These words usually showed themselves at the end of a training session, about two days before a big match. There he would stand staring down at us, our lungs screaming, quads burning, just waiting for the call—another gut buster up the 30-yard stretch that separated the upper and lower fields. I loved doing those hills for Mike Davis.
I remember the first time I saw Catlin Gabel play. I was 9 years old and my sister Annabel Toren ’89 was playing center midfield for the Catlin Gabel girls team in the annual jamboree. The boys varsity took the pitch after my sister's game, and I remember watching Roger Gantz ’89 dance through the midfield. He played with such vision, such strength, and connected pass after pass with his teammates. And on the sideline, orchestrating this beautiful brand of soccer, was this English fellow, calm and cool, a subtle comment here and there. "That's Mike Davis," someone told me on the sideline, "the coach of the boys varsity." I was hooked. I knew right there that I wanted to play for him someday.
Someone once described me and my Catlin Gabel teammates as "junkies for the game." This passion for soccer started early in my years at the school. In PE, if we were given the choice, we would opt for indoor soccer in the tennis courts. The small-sided atmosphere in there and consistent touches . . . that was huge for our confidence on the ball. I remember playing a version of soccer tennis with Mike against the wall in the gym, challenging each other to hit the Catlin Gabel tree. Or Tuesdays and Thursdays through the late spring and summer with current students and alums, getting together to knock the ball around. There was a soccer culture at Catlin Gabel, and it was rooted in an enjoyment of the game. Mike Davis was a huge part of that.
In high school, when 3:00 rolled around I was often on a jog from the Dant House to the gym; a quick change, and then a mad dash through the forest down to the pitch. Mike made things fun for us at practice, but serious at the same time. We were intensely competitive with each other, and Mike fostered this competition at every turn. I think he knew that if he could get us to battle against each other, some of the top players in the state, then we would be a step ahead of anyone who stepped on the field against us. This philosophy worked well, as during my four years at Catlin Gabel we were semi-finalists one year, and state champions the three others.
Under Mike we played the beautiful game. We would build out of the back when the game allowed for a measured attack, or if we were under pressure, another of Mike's famous phrases would pop into the head: "when in doubt, whack it out." And over the course of every season, our teams would improve. We were always playing our best soccer at the end of the year, a testament to Mike's ability to shape a team. In no place was this more evident than during my senior season in the state finals vs. Phoenix.
I checked back to the ball from my forward spot and received a perfect entry pass from our central midfielder Tyler Tibbs ’96. On the far side of the field was our winger, Peter Duyan ’96, streaking down the pitch. I drove a 40-yard ball to him in stride and he took his touch to the end line, only to serve an even better cross to the penalty spot. I laid out for a diving header to see the keeper deflect the shot to my striking partner, Andrew Crenshaw ’97, who buried the rebound. It was a beautiful sequence, and the kind of thing you saw the best teams under Mike Davis put together.
There were others like this, but probably none more famous than the brilliant one-touch sequence created during Catlin Gabel's first state championship with Roger Gantz ’89 and company. Before playoff games, we would watch the tape of that incredible play; nine one-touch passes from the back forward until the ball found the back of the net.
It wasn't always rosy with me and Mike, and for good reason. During one particular game my sophomore year, I had taken too many touches on the ball and Mike let me know about it from the sideline. "Keep it simple," he called out. I shouted back in a loud and sarcastic tone, "SORRY, Mike!" He wasted no time, calling out "sub ref" instantly. It was weeks before I would get back into the starting lineup, and that only happened because I trained harder than ever before. Mike was someone you didn't cross. He demanded respect. This was another reason he was able to get so much out of his players.
I still play soccer and coach soccer. It's a huge part of my life, but I just can't seem to get enough. In many ways, I still feel like that 16-year-old kid, the "junkie for the game" sprinting through the Catlin Gabel forest to get to those majestic fields below. And I owe this passion for the game, in many ways, to Mike Davis. He fostered a love of the game, and my development both as a soccer player and a young man. I wish to thank him for that.

From Roger Gantz ’89

When you came to Catlin Gabel, you had the monumental task of taking over a job from a legendary figure of Oregon high school athletics. To say the least, this was no small job. Not only have you become one the most successful coaches in Oregon history, but you have created your own legend. More remarkable still, especially for us within the Catlin Gabel community, you were successful within the special ethos of the school.
After Catlin Gabel, I was very fortunate to carry on playing soccer. Both collegiately and professionally, playing in front of big crowds with and against some of the most recognizable names in the sport at the time. I can say, however, that our ’88 state championship overtime thriller against Woodburn was, without a doubt, my fondest soccer memory.
Thanks for that, Mike. And on behalf of all your players, thank you for fostering the best and purest sporting experiences in which we will ever participate.
Oogy, oogy, oogy, oy, oy, oy.

From Greg Bates ’96

Mike, or the Gaffer, was a huge influence in my life. When I was 14 my family and I made the decision to move to the Portland area so I could attend Catlin Gabel. Mike was a big factor in the decision.
Everyone in the soccer community knew he was a great coach; that his teams won. At that time Catlin Gabel and he had won several state championships in a row and had produced some great players. During my four years of playing for Mike, our teams won three state titles, and many of went to play in college. More importantly, we played good team soccer and had a great time doing it.
Unequivocally, I can say Mike was one of the great influences in my life. He was a fantastic coach and mentor. Mike brought out the best in his players. (Sadly, very few coaches actually do that.) Mike had a way of getting his teams to play as one, to make the last player on the team feel just as important as the MVP. The life lessons we learned running hills, playing keep away, of beating OES, stay with me today. For example, he taught us about hard work. Mike was fond of saying, as we ran yet another hill, "Put it in the bank and take it out on game day."
Mike will be missed. I trust Catlin Gabel will find another great coach. Mike cannot be replaced. He is one of a kind. All of us who had the privilege of playing for him and got to know him can attest to that. He was a great ambassador for the sport and for the school. I wish him all the best. Cheers, Gaffer.