Athletics at St. George’s Episcopal School consists of a continuum of goals centered on basic skill development and broad exposure to sports clinics in lower school, gradually moving into a balance between competition, excellence and participation in middle school. The athletics program fosters solid moral values, sportsmanship and commitment to excellence. Membership on a team comes with the obligation to attend and work hard at practices and to put forth a high degree of effort in game situations. The level of commitment required rightly increases as the level of competition increases. Athletics in middle school emphasizes participation, basic skill development and knowledge of the sport. Whenever possible, we will have several teams representing different levels of competition. An emphasis on sportsmanship begins at the lower school level and continues throughout each progression of involvement.
Coach Jessie is starting her fourth year at St. George's and her third year as head coach of the 7th and 8th grade volleyball team. Coach Jessie has been playing volleyball for as long as she can remember, and she has been coaching the sport since her freshman year of college at Tulane University. She was the head coach of the JV team and an assistant coach of the varsity team at McGehee for several years before coaching at St. Louis King of France, where she previously taught. In 2016 Coach Jessie and her sister, Andy, launched their own off-season volleyball club, Pelican State Volleyball Club. When she's not coaching, Coach Jessie is hard at work earning her masters degree in special education with a concentration in autism spectrum disorders from the University of Kansas, playing with her dogs Lucy and Bear, or spending time with her family. She's excited for another fun season!
Coach Aby is beginning her third year at St. George’s! She is a New Orleans native, and she attended Louise S. McGehee School before moving to Oxford, Mississippi where she studied education at Ole Miss. While at McGehee, she enjoyed playing volleyball in 5th grade through senior year of high school. As a senior, she was captain of the varsity team! She is so excited to be back in New Orleans and part of the wonderful St. George’s athletic community, and she is looking forward to working with the fifth and sixth graders as they navigate and learn the game of volleyball!
Coach Sophie is beginning her second year at St. George’s as a preschool teacher, and she can’t wait to get involved with our athletics program as a 5th/6th grade volleyball coach! She grew up in New Orleans and has loved playing sports her entire life. At St. Mary’s Dominican High School, she played basketball and tennis and was a member of the track team. When she moved to Charleston, South Carolina, for college, she played on the intramural volleyball team, and she is so excited to get back into it! Go Dragons!
Practices will start Monday August 26, 3:45 – 5:15.
Coach Julisa Tindall is starting her second year as a St. George's cross country coach. When she is not coaching, she is a social worker at Ochsner Medical Center. Born in New York, Coach Julisa moved with her family to South Carolina at a young age and has always had a love for fitness. Specifically, for 10 years, she was a track and field athlete specializing in high jump and long jump. As a student-athlete on the College of Charleston Track and Field team, Coach Julisa received her Psychology degree with a minor in Coaching. Additionally, she is a recent graduate from Tulane University's MSW program with a certificate in Family Practice. In the past, Coach Julisa has coached with Girls on the Run, and she has also trained high jumpers. During her free time, she enjoys working out, reading, and traveling. Coach Julisa is excited for the opportunity to work with St. George's students and parents and looks forward to this season!
Coach Anna is a senior at Tulane University, and she is studying finance and accounting. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, but has moved to New Orleans for college. Coach Anna started running in high school on her cross country and track team and has never stopped. Today she most enjoys long-distance running. Her most recent adventure was a summer-long charity run from San Francisco to Baltimore. Coach Anna is so excited to meet the St. George community and share her passion for running with the team.
Practices will begin Tuesday, August 27, and take place every Tuesday and Thursday (weather permitting) at Audubon Park. You will meet Coach Julisa at Audubon Shelter 10, right by the clubhouse and where we have lunch for Field Day. Practice will be 4:30 – 6 p.m.
*As a reminder, our coaches are not allowed to transport students so parents are responsible for getting students to the park and picking them up after practice.
Coach Sutherland is starting her first year at St. George's as a Middle School history and language arts teacher. She was the assistant coach of age group swimmers at Elmwood Fitness Center and coached JCCA for two years at Green Acres Country Club. She is a life-long competitive swimmer since the third grade, starting at the former Metairie YMCA. She continued competing on the Masters Swim Team, training with the Elmwood Sharks and the Dallas Aquatic Masters before finally advancing to open water swimming in triathlons. She is extremely excited to work with students who want to practice their swimming skills and feel the thrill of accomplishment from their hard work.
Coach Aimee is starting her second year as a Kindergarten teacher at St. George's and her first year as an assistant swim coach. Coach Aimee started swimming competitively when she was five years old and continued through college. She is more comfortable in the water than she is on land! She has coached the sport for nine years-- for summer swim and YMCA teams up North where she is from as well as the middle school team at Arden Cahill Academy where she previously taught. Her favorite events are anything butterfly and long distance freestyle. Coach Aimee is looking forward to seeing St. George’s swimmers drop time this season and have a ton of fun while doing so!
Practices will begin Tuesday, August 27, and take place every Tuesday and Thursday* from 6 - 7 p.m. at The Reily Center on Tulane’s campus.
*except August 29 and September 19
(As a reminder, our coaches are not allowed to transport students so parents are responsible for getting students to the park and picking them up after practice.)
Coach Wade is excited to join the staff at St. George’s this year as a coach for flag football and a full time P.E teacher. Coach Wade joins us from Christ the King Elementary School, where he taught 4th and 5th grade math, social studies, and science. At Christ the King, he also coached basketball, cross country, and was a co-founder of the soccer club. His favorite sports are basketball and football. He can’t wait to start the year and bring a new sense of energy and enthusiasm to St. George’s athletics.
Coach Jake is starting his first year as a Spanish and P.E teacher at St George's and is coaching flag football this fall. Coach Jake was born and raised in New Orleans and played football as well as ran cross-country in high school. He attended the University of Alabama where he competed on the rowing and rugby teams (fun fact: Coach Jake is personally undefeated against LSU!). While serving as a behavioral specialist at Sci Academy, Coach Jake started the varsity football program, soccer program, and JV basketball program for the high school and served as coach for four years. After Sci Academy, he went to Andrew H Wilson to be the network-wide translator for InspireNOLA Charter schools and teach ESL at Wilson. While at Wilson, he coached the 4th-6th soccer team and 5th-8th grade flag football team. He is beyond excited to start his journey at St. George's and plans to bring a fun, up-tempo system to the sports he is coaching. When not at work, he is a Pelicans season ticket holder and an avid animal enthusiast.
Practices will start Monday, August 26, from 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.