Following an earlier announcement regarding the varsity football partnership between St. Stephen’s and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Schools, the middle school programs will also follow suit.
In an effort to grow their football programs and maintain the health and well-being of their players, the Episcopal Schools will combine their respective football programs for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Although they are traditionally athletic rivals, both St. Andrew's and St. Stephen's share common missions and values as Episcopal schools, ensuring a successful athletic partnership.
As was stated in the initial release, “Both schools share a common appreciation for educating the whole student—mind, body and spirit,” said St. Stephen's Head of School Chris Gunnin.
“We are committed to a safe, sustainable football program,” added St. Andrew’s Head of School Sean Murphy. “We want to provide a high quality, competitive experience for all our student-athletes. St. Stephen’s is a natural fit with St. Andrew’s, and we look forward to planning our next season together.”
While the team will consist primarily of seventh- and eighth-graders, sixth-graders will be offered the option of playing tackle versus flag football.
The final details including coaching staff, schedule, competition and practice sites are all being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks.
Located in Austin, Texas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private co-ed elementary, middle and high school for grades K-12. Students benefit from dedicated faculty, a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.