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
Coach Ward has an undergraduate degree in history from Furman University and a master's degree in teaching from the University of North Georgia. Prior to coming to MA, Coach Ward served as the Associate Athletic Director at the Randolph School in Huntsville, Alabama and previously served as a coach and athletic administrator at The Westminster Schools of Atlanta. He has amassed tremendous experience in all aspects of the athletic program, and he fully understands the vital role that interscholastic athletics can play in the advancement of an independent school's mission.
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.