The ACADEMY Athletic Report – 5.16.21

Message from Coach MAC

With growth comes change. Our school and our athletic teams are growing and that means adding teams and coaches. We have multiple positions across all of our sports to fill in order to keep serving our growing student-athlete population across all 3 campuses. And we are excited to make several announcements of new Head Coaches the next two weeks! We hosted our high school Athletic Banquet on Monday and it was a great time of celebration for the past two years of athletics. We have a great group of student-athletes and as we said goodbye to our first 2 classes of seniors it is the realization of all the time and commitment that our school community invests in our students. Go Griffins Go!

Floyd Selected as Varsity Volleyball Coach

The ACADEMY is pleased to announce the hiring of MaryAshton Floyd as the new Varsity Volleyball Coach. Coach Mash comes to the Griffins with an extensive background in volleyball and ministry. She will also be teaching PE at our South campus next year. For more information about Floyd see the news announcement on TeamApp: https://www.teamapp.com/clubs/458736/articles?_list=v1

High School Athletic Awards Recap from Banquet

On this special night we honored the Varsity athletes in our four Core Sports by bestowing on them Varsity Letter Awards – think letter jackets and chenille pins, just without the jackets and pins! These athletes met certain standards established by our coaches in sport, attendance, character, and sportsmanship.

Varsity Letterman Awards for 2020-2021

Girls Cross Country

Esperanza Osuna

Beth Thompson

Naomi Thompson

Kennedy McIntyre

Anna Claire Orr

Boys Cross Country

Aiden Spears

Jack Spears

Jay Abbott

Sam Cassil

Boys Track

Aiden Spears

Girls Track

Esperanza Osuna

Aspen Ives

Kennedy McIntyre


Liza Keller

Blevin Garriott

Grace Despain

Madilyn Irons

Carrie Howell

Cassady Capucille

Samantha Spahr

Alice Hobbs

Harper Murray

Boys Basketball

AJ Jackson

Camden Jackson

Cameron Bryan

Jackson Holdsworth

Adam Fisher

Davis Lynn

Sam High

Ed Thomas

Owen Cain

Paxton Ford

Matt Reynolds

The Griffin Award, our most prestigious athletic award, is given out to one junior or senior outstanding male and outstanding female athlete who embodies what it means to be a Griffin Athlete. These two individuals are voted on by all the coaching staff for their outstanding

achievements in athletics, character, and leadership. These two student-athletes are great examples of our Vision of a Griffin Athlete. This year’s award winners were:

Mr. Griffin – AJ Jackson (Senior, basketball)

Ms. Griffin – Beth Thompson (Junior, cross country and track)

See the Nuntius Feature this week for other awards from the Banquet.

2021-2022 Athletic Intent to Participate

All incoming Dialectic and Rhetoric students who wish to participate in Athletics next year need to fill out the Intent to Participate Form. This form helps the department plan for scheduling and rosters. Click here: https://forms.gle/JYgTtDEdpfqTr9hQ9

Summer Sports Camp Registration Links are Live

Camp Registration is now live for our 2021 Summer Sports Camps! Our Athletic Staff provides 3-5 day camps throughout the month of June to give our Griffin athletes a fun and exciting environment in which to learn and improve new skills, and help prepare them for future athletic participation at The ACADEMY. At the sub-varsity level our coaches join with our current High School athletes to give more individualized attention to younger campers. All camps are open to non-Academy students if you want to invite a friend! Just share the registration link! Click below to register your student-athlete for camps this summer. For questions contact the Athletic Department at athletics@theacademyok.org.

D&R Basketball Camp – Boys Week for 6th*-12th Grade Boys (June 1-4): https://forms.gle/D571bCKtBcxvkMQS9 Cost: $135

D&R Basketball Camp – Girls Week for 6th*-12th Grade Girls (June 7-10): https://forms.gle/oLLeaPNnvhwg5FKQ9 Cost: $135

Cross Country Camp for 6th-12th Grade Boys and Girls (June 21-25): https://forms.gle/e3qAV5wg7MeYBA3s8 Cost: $75

Grammar Basketball Camp for 2nd-6th* Grade Boys and Girls (June 28-30): https://forms.gle/1f7uCAkB8C8nviAe9 Cost: $100

Grammar Volleyball Camp for 2nd-6th Grade Girls and Boys^ (June 22-24) https://forms.gle/Rk6BTN9r32JHidxB6 Cost: $75

Dialectic Volleyball Camp for 6th-8th Grade Girls^ (June 22-25) https://forms.gle/nyJwf4efZZu6D9Ts5 Cost: $90

Rhetoric Volleyball Camp for Grades 9th-12th (July 6-9). https://forms.gle/jMUQxmWR1XvhLopC6 Cost: $125 ^6th grade girls have the option of going to either or both the Dialectic Volleyball Camp or Grammar Volleyball Camp.

*6th grade boys and girls have the option of going to either or both the Dialectic Basketball Camp or Grammar Basketball Camp. All incoming 6th-12th grade students planning to participate in Griffin

Athletics for the 2021-22 school year should fill out the Athletic Intent to Participate Form, if they have not already done so. Click here: https://forms.gle/82Th6A6TkoNdiQDT8

Coaching Job Openings

As our programs continue to grow we are seeking qualified, experienced individuals to add to our coaching staffs. We currently have openings in all our core sports: Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, and Track. If you are interested or know of a qualified candidate, please have them apply at our Human Resources page: Employment Opportunities – The Academy of Classical Christian Studies (theacademyok.org)

Upcoming Athletic Events

  • Tue, June 1: Griffin Basketball Camp: Boys Week
  • Mon, June 7: Griffin Basketball Camp: Girls Week
  • Mon, June 14: Varsity Boys Basketball at Okarche Team Camp
  • Mon, June 21: Varsity Boys Basketball at UCO Team Camp
  • Mon, June 21: Griffin Cross Country Camp
  • Tue, June 22: Grammar and Dialectic Volleyball Camps
  • Mon, June 28: Griffin Basketball Camp: Grammar Week
  • Tues, July 6: Rhetoric Volleyball Camp
  • Mon, July 12: Fall Sports Practices can begin