Catlin Gabel competes at the varsity level with a goal of making it to the state playoffs. We have a no-cut policy to encourage students to try a sport for the first time without any pressure, and JV and JV2 teams for athletes with progressing skills. Playing time and team selection are not guaranteed at the more competitive level, but every athlete will see playing time if they are committed to games and practices on a regular basis.
Catlin Gabel does not condone “winning at all cost,” but the school encourages a highly competitive attitude within the athletic program and takes great pride in winning.
Catlin Gabel values the lessons taught by athletics participation: teamwork, overcoming adversity, selflessness, and strength of character. Our athletics program emphasizes these values with every athlete, in every sport, at every level. We believe by making these our priorities, success will naturally follow.
The athletics program encourages and empowers students to strive for excellence in leadership, sportspersonship, and interpersonal skills, and teaches them that the integrity they develop in sport can carry over to other aspects of their lives. We strive to foster a positive attitude and healthy lifestyle that will help students succeed in many pursuits.
Our coaches are teachers, and they’re integral to what a student takes away from their time playing sports at Catlin Gabel. Their work with students is central to our whole-child approach, in which every aspect of a student’s education is preparing them for life. Coaches are role models, and a source of inspiration and support.
We provide opportunities for all students to participate, and this openness is one reason athletics is a core component of Catlin Gabel culture. Most Middle and Upper School students participate on teams, which are open to all students regardless of their experience.
Just as Catlin Gabel has high academic expectations, our athletics program teaches life lessons and builds skills while expecting the very best. We offer each student the opportunity to experience growth, accomplishment, and success at his or her skill level.
Sandy Luu, Director of Athletics
Kate Williams, asst. Director of Athletics
Awarded the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association All Sport Champion Award for eight consecutive years and 18 times overall
Awards include state champions, All-Americans, Coaches of the Year, Players of the Year, and all state/district honor
A competitive varsity program focused on reaching state playoffs in every sport