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From the Desk of Susan Noonan
From the Desk of Susan Noonan

Dear Parents and Students,

This past summer as I was new to Ursuline Academy, I wanted to know what student-athletes and coaches wanted to gain from participating in sports.

What was the mission of the Ursuline Athletic Department?

In July, student-athletes from various teams came together to discuss just that. Coaches later gathered to use students' input to develop the Athletic Department's new mission statement, "Ursuline Athletics develops confident student athletes who are competitive and dedicated to teamwork, leadership, and tradition while embodying the Ursuline mission."

What a great introduction to the Ursuline community! It is definitely good to be a Bear. Here are some other initiatives:

  • Ursuline has partnered with the Missouri Institute for Positive Coaching to foster and reinforce programs that build confidence, dedication, teamwork, and competition all while having fun. These components lead to optimal performance and success, and so far, our programs are doing just that. Coach Jonathan Moody has his top-ranked cross country team poised to win three straight state championships while Coach Jason Sears' volleyball team currently sits in second place in district with a record of 31-15. Both programs also have athletes signing on November 8 to compete at the next level.

  • Learning to have gratitude for our own unique, God-given talents is key to success in any arena. To help our student-athletes "slow down" and accomplish this, the Athletic Department has instituted team service projects and monthly Rosaries sponsored by each team. Teams grow closer as they pray and serve others. Volleyball will host our next Rosary on Thursday, October 26, at 7:45 a.m. in St. Ursula's Chapel. All are welcome! Ursuline Athletics truly strives to develop and nurture the entire individual.

  • We have several sports beginning their season this month. Crew competed in the Head of the Oklahoma last weekend. The Rowing Bears recorded much success. Swimming is off to a fast start too with a team victory at the KC Invitational. To keep up-to-date with UA's athletics, please follow us on Twitter (@UrsulineSports and @UrsulineAD).

It's an honor to serve the Ursuline community. I have enjoyed getting to know UA's amazing young women and their incredible families. UA is blessed with a mission-driven coaching staff and faculty. I couldn't ask for a better combination.

Looking forward to much success both on and off the field.

Go Bears,

Susan Noonan
Director of Athletics