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A New Vision for Athletics

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A Vision for HB Athletics

Hathaway Brown believes that athletics are an integral part of the HB experience, offering opportunities for leadership, sisterhood, wellness, and personal growth. In the high school, Blazer Athletics offers varsity programs with competitive, pre-collegiate opportunities and junior varsity programs that focus on participation. In Middle and Primary School, HB has designed developmental athletic programs that expose younger athletes to opportunities and new skill sets. We have the premier all-girls program in Northeast Ohio offering 11 sports sanctioned by the OHSAA and a multitude of opportunities are available for athletes at any level to participate and be a Blazer!

Strategic Plan

Athletic Director Stacey Aroney spent spring and summer 2021 speaking with parents, coaches, and student-athletes, building a vision for HB athletics for the next decade. With thoughtful feedback from those sources, she has identified nine key areas to focus on over the coming years:

  1. Create and sustain a culture of coaching excellence 

Gone are the days of the teacher-coach model as both HB’s distinguished academics and outstanding athletics call for specialists that often do not overlap skill sets. Thus, HB athletics will focus on creating a culture of excellence and consistency among its coaching staff by instituting best practices for hiring, setting clear professional expectations, and evaluating coaches in the same way we do teachers.

  1. Celebrate school spirit and traditions

A high level of school spirit benefits the athletes and the entire school community, past and present. Working with parents and volunteers, HB athletics will more intentionally incorporate the celebrated community component of our Signature Learn for Life Approach. We will look for ways to celebrate community in athletics and create events where all feel a sense of belonging and school pride. HB athletics will also work with the alumnae office to identify ways to involve the more than 4000+  alumnae who want to stay connected to the sports teams they might have played on, as well as the general school community. 

  1. Attract students to HB’s celebrated community 

It is clear that the Ohio Athletics Association does not permit athletic recruiting, and one of HB’s core values is character matters most. So while we will not recruit athletes, we will continue to work to attract and retain students from across Northeast Ohio by promoting the outstanding athletic opportunities available at Hathaway Brown. 

  1. Improve the marketing of HB’s athletic achievements

HB Athletics will expand our use of social media platforms to better promote and celebrate athletic accomplishments both internally and externally to our key audiences. We will work with the marketing and communications team, create student fellowship positions for this area of “knowledge in action,” and streamline communication with our staff to ensure athletes’ accomplishments are published.

  1. Leadership opportunities for all HB athletes

HB athletics will expand opportunities to lead as athletes beyond being a team captain. The team will work to identify more programs like SALT where students can develop their leadership skills and find opportunities for personal development in their sport of choice. We will rely on our student athletes and their ideas, as well as collegiate athletics.

  1. Support HB athletes in the college selection process 

Collegiate coaches know well the caliber of HB scholar athletes, and we want to partner closely with families to help place student-athletes at their top choices. Working with the College Counseling department, we will expand and advance our support for scholar-athletes to help interested athletes and families identify opportunities where students will thrive both in and outside the classroom. Our new strategy is better informed by recent graduates, the sport-specific nuances, and the ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics.

  1. Develop multi-sport athletes and find a team for every aspiring athlete

While varsity athletics is a pre-collegiate program where athletes may be cut, our junior varsity and thirds programs focus on participation. We want every girl who wants to join a team to have an after-school athletic or sports management opportunity, and we will craft each season's offerings based on interest and desire. We also recognize that many athletes have more than one sporting interest and should be supported to explore and play as many sports as possible. We want to help our athletes achieve their utmost potential, and cross-training is certainly a way to do this.

  1. A new era for strength and conditioning

HB athletics is focused on developing the whole athlete, ​​to develop the mind, body, and spirit of each girl, each day so they can be their very best. We are committed to training athletes who demonstrate a positive attitude, a dedication to continuous improvement, and who build competence and confidence through personal and team goals. We will recruit athletic training professionals to oversee the development of top-notch strength and conditioning programs specifically for girls. We hope this will include a renovation of our current weight training facility.

  1. Involve younger students

HB athletics will work with the Prime and Middle School communities to identify and expand ways for the younger students to be involved as developing athletes and fans. There is no better model for sportsmanship and witnessing honorable competition, respectful communication and appreciating the challenges opponents provide than watching older girls who possess grace and dignity.

HB Field Hockey, Fall 2021

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