Saint Ann School Athletics Program
Saint Ann Athletics are an important part of campus life and, are a great way to keep our Eagles in motion! The Nashville Diocese sports program includes three busy seasons---fall, winter, and spring---and our students participate in all of them.
August brings Cross Country, Football, Cheer Team, Jr. Volleyball, and Lacrosse. Some years, Saint Ann has nearly half the student body running Cross Country, from Kindergarten through 8th Grade! Practices are held at nearby Richland Park where a host of parent volunteer coaches, under the supervision of the Athletic Director, work to build runners’ “legs and lungs,” before the first Diocesan-wide meet in September - always a challenge, always fun!
Traditionally, Saint Ann football players join forces with the Christ the King team to compete in the diocese. It’s a terrific collaboration and is beneficial to both schools. The Eagle cheering squad is one of the hardest working teams on campus and practices, practices, practices for the diocesan competition held every October. The girls seem to love it, and their hard work has paid off in recent years as they’ve brought home first and second place trophies for their enthusiastic and well-synchronized dance and cheer routines.
Jr. Volleyball has taken a strong hold at our school, as well as in the diocese as a whole. This instructional level of play (5th/6th Grade) is getting more refined by the season, and our players are responding well. Lacrosse in the diocese is more recreational in nature and draws players from all the parochial schools in the area. This combination allows for a talented mix of players. Saint Ann usually has a few students who participate.
Winter in the diocese is dominated by basketball, and Saint Ann usually has eight to ten Eagle teams participating. Starting in 3rd Grade and culminating at the Varsity level - definitely the most competitive with end-of-the-season tournament play - our small teams ensure targeted coaching during practices and plenty of playing time. Another growing winter sport for our school is wrestling, hosted by Nashville Catholic Wrestling and Father Ryan High School, Saint Ann wrestlers have gone on to earn individual state titles in high school.
The spring season means Varsity Volleyball, Baseball, Soccer, and Golf. From its launching pad at the 5th and 6th Grade level, Eagle Varsity volleyball comes on strong in the diocese and ranks easily as a favorite among the girls. Baseball in the diocese is competitive and our middle school players are required to try out for the two available programs - Irish Baseball and Knight Baseball, hosted by Father Ryan and Pope John Paul II High School, respectively. Saint Ann soccer players team up with a usually strong Overbrook program, as its campus is conveniently located nearby. Diocesan golf had its inception on our campus a few years ago, with one of our parent coaches heading the formation of a program for parochial players. Two years ago, Saint Ann had the top two golfers in the diocese - out of over 100 players in the league! No doubt, our community does love sports. Students look forward to joining an Eagle team - whether they’ll be running, shooting a basket, cartwheeling, or swinging a club - Eagles in motion are a beautiful thing!