Ignatian Coaching Philosophy

The athletic program is an integral part of McQuaid Jesuit, as it is at any Jesuit school.  Jesuits have long used the Latin dictum, “mens sana in corpore sano” (a healthy mind in a healthy body) to demonstrate the important connection between the mind and the body, the classroom and the playing field.  Athletics also is a “curriculum” unto itself, a place where our young men learn leadership and hard work, camaraderie and team work, and the lessons that come from either winning or losing.

McQuaid Jesuit has invested a great deal of effort in developing a program for our coaches.  It ensures that each and every coach at the school understands what it means to coach at a Jesuit school.  Our goal is to have an athletic program that is highly competitive, but also one that is placed within the perspective of a Jesuit, Catholic college preparatory school.

Within one year of the date of hire a coach must complete his/her certification as an Ignatian Coach. Coaches must complete the “Bishops Charter on Creating a Safe Environment” and attend McQuaid Jesuit’s Coaches Orientation Evening.  As a Catholic and Jesuit school, the role of religious activities, such as a team mass and /or retreat, the opportunity to pray before or after a game, and participation in a team service project should be the norm.  The expectation of a coach at a Jesuit school is that he/she not only engage in professional development with regard to athletics and his/her particular sport, but will participate with the entire school community in ongoing training in Ignatian thought and spirituality.

Ignatian Athletics Meeting for Parents

In addition, it is imperative that parents become part of the formation program, to ensure that each of our more than 700 families understands the role of athletics at McQuaid Jesuit – and the role of parents in the program.  To ensure that the school administration and faculty, the athletic department and coaches, and parents/guardians and students work in partnership with regard to expectations, communications, policies and procedures in athletics at McQuaid Jesuit, Parent Formation Sessions are held.  Participation in the Parent Formation Session is mandatory for parents who have a son involved in athletics at McQuaid Jesuit.  At least one parent or guardian must attend the session before their son can compete interscholastically.  These sessions are offered at least twice prior to the start of each season.  Topics include: the mission statement for McQuaid Jesuit athletics, the values of athletics in a Jesuit School, an explanation of our new Ignatian Coaching program, the role of parents in athletics, the Athletic Code of Conduct, and communications.  In addition, each parent must sign the Athletic Code of Conduct.

We hope you understand and support our efforts to ensure that our athletic program is in line with our Jesuit and Catholic values as a school, and that it is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for all.