Athletics at The Montgomery Academy play an essential role in the advancement of the school’s mission, providing experiences that help our student-athletes develop physically, emotionally and intellectually. Our athletic department exists to support our student-athletes in their holistic development. Student-athletes are encouraged to passionately compete and to pursue athletic excellence, but it is imperative that good sportsmanship prevail at all times and that the educational values of competition be emphasized.
We believe that winning is an immediate objective in all athletic contests, but it is not an end in itself.
Participation in athletics is an integral part of the student-athlete’s educational experience at the Academy. That participation carries with it responsibilities to the student-athlete’s team, the student body and to the greater MA community.
Among the Academy’s core values is the statement expressing our belief in “creating an environment that helps students reach their full potential.” In the athletic program, we believe this value encourages us to work together to advance what is best for our students. We believe strongly in the value of multi-sport athletes and students who are not defined merely by their participation in athletics. We will work to promote the entire MA community throughout our athletic department.
Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Award Recipients
Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award Recipients
33 Athletic Teams in
Middle & Upper Schools
72% Students in grades 7-12 participate on an athletic team
As a student-athlete at MA, Coach Robert Johnson was a member of the 1987 state championship football team, was named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State football team, played baseball, was named to the All-City baseball team for two seasons and won the Hitchcock Award for Christian Leadership in Athletics in 1988.
Coach Johnson began his teaching and coaching career at MA where he taught Upper School math and served as an assistant coach in football, basketball and baseball from 1991 until 1995. After leaving MA to become the defensive coordinator and subsequently head football coach at St. James School, he led the Trojans to eight playoff appearances and three region titles. With stops at Carroll High School and Pike County High School, he then served as the athletic director and head football coach at Tuscaloosa Academy, where he led the football team to the 2012 state championship and TA's athletic program captured 25 state championships during his tenure. He was named the AISA Coach of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2017. He also earned the honor of Capital City Conference Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1999.
Coach Johnson graduated summa cum laude at Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics. Johnson and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children, Noah, Alex and Chloe.
Coach Gordon earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Health/Physical Education and Recreation from Auburn University. She has coached Varsity Volleyball for over 30 years, being named Coach of the Year for Class 1A-6A schools in 2009. During her tenure, her teams have won multiple State Championship and State Runner-Up titles. Coach Gordon's match victories' record puts her in the nation's top six for all-time career coaching wins in volleyball, and she was inducted into AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.