At a signing ceremony on Wednesday, November 9, four female athletes from The Summit Country Day School were recognized for their commitments to play Division I collegiate sports next year.
Everyone Plays, Everyone Succeeds
Children and sports are a natural combination. Being part of an athletic team is critical to the growth and development of every child. As athletes, children develop key character traits including commitment, responsibility, honor, perseverance, cooperation, leadership and sportsmanship.
Every student deserves to benefit from being part of a team. The Summit offers a three-season athletic schedule that fields 20 Varsity teams in grades seven through twelve. A parent-run program provides students in kindergarten through grade 6 the chance to participate in team sports at a young age.
Students who have the drive, desire and commitment to play a sport have the opportunity to do so, regardless of physical attributes, skill level or ability. The “no cut” policy at The Summit celebrates the opportunity for all students to be successful, and in recent years, Summit and athletic success have become synonymous.
Since 2004, when Athletic Director Gregory Dennis joined The Summit, the Silver Knights have won 12 team and six individual state championships. In 2022, four athletes came home with the school's first-ever state championship in a relay event.
The success isn't limited to the high school level. Currently, almost 50 Summit alumni are playing sports at the collegiate level.
The importance of athletics in the development of youth - their minds, their bodies and their spirit - has never been greater. The Summit is proud of its outstanding athletic program because when everyone plays, everyone succeeds.
I try to teach them that every day is important. Every day is a chance to get better and to make a positive impression. That’s a lesson that will help them as players and in life.Ryan Fleming
VARSITY BOYS' BASKETBALL COACH
I enjoy this sport because there’s an event for everyone and the improvements are so measurable. The athletes can see their hard work pay off. Kim Horning
Girls' track and field coach
I tell the girls, ‘Life is full of opportunities. Make one decision a day that scares you. That’s how you grow.’ I believe in them, and I push them to challenge themselves in the water. Susan Miller
Girls’ Swimming Coach
I look at the game differently now. After passing the course, (A-Youth licensure from the US Soccer Federation) I’m better able to coach positionally and to identify and exploit our opponent’s weaknesses. Scott Sievering
Varsity Boys' Soccer Coach
I honestly enjoy coaching all levels. From the player who has never touched a racket to the high-level players who qualify for state competition.Scott McIntosh
Boys' Tennis Coach
Running teaches perseverance. It teaches life lessons that will help make kids into better adults – better parents, better spouses, better employees. It’s more than running. Kurtis Smith
Cotton Family Varsity Cross Country Head Coach
My advice to golfers is to practice and play regularly. Putt every hole as if the championship is on the line -- it may be!Jeff Stayton
Varsity Boys' Golf Coach
My coaching philosophy focuses on developing leadership through the program. The older players are placed into positions of leadership to teach and mentor the younger players.Michael Fee
Varsity Girls' SOCCER Coach
15 team state titles
Individual State Titles
Alumni playing in college
9 sports for K-6 students
sports for students in grades 7-8
Class of 2019 students playing college sports
16-acre Athletic Complex
Four runners on the 2022 track team have made school history, breaking the record for the 4x200m relay and winning the state championship at the same time.
At an Upper School awards ceremony, spring athletes were recognized for exceptional seasons, although some are still competing in districts.