Athletics

Athletics are a vital part of the total curriculum at St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School. As an extension of the academic classroom and traditional school day, many valuable lessons are learned through athletic participation. The objective of athletics is to foster an environment where young people reach their fullest potential intellectually, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Goretti encourages students to vary their athletic experiences in order to enhance the diversity of learning. Goretti athletics are dedicated to teaching the principles of participation, excellence, discipline, loyalty, self-confidence, dealing with success and failure, respect for authority, and getting along with others.

Good sportsmanship, displayed by participants and fans alike, is highly valued and an expectation at Goretti. The manner in which teams win or lose reflects the values the school holds most closely. 



Fall Sports at St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School

Co-ed Cross County: The cross country program competes in the Independent Parochial School League and the head coaches are Mike and Maria Spinnler. Mike Spinnler is a world renowned track/field coach, having coached the US National team from 1992 to 2015. He is currently doubles as the Head Coach for the Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field and Outdoor Track & Field teams at Hagerstown Community College and has helped train numerous Division 1 and Olympic athletes. 
 
Co-ed Golf: The golf program competes in the Independent Parochial School League and the head coach is Jason Carbaugh. The home course is beautiful Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown.

Boys Soccer: The boys soccer program plays in the Independent Parochial School League and the head coach is Jamiur King. The program typically plays in the Washington County summer league.

Girls Soccer: The girls soccer program plays in the Independent Parochial School League and the head coach is Terri Mutchler. The Lady Gaels most recently won the IPSL championship in 2016. The program typically plays in the Washington County summer league and performs numerous clinics and community service activities throughout the year.

Girls Volleyball: The volleyball program plays in the Independent Parochial School League and the head coach is Lauren Henry. The Lady Gaels most recently won the IPSL championship in 2017. The team plays home matches in the Gael Center.

Winter Sports at St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School

Co-ed Swimming: The co-ed swim team is the only swim program in Washington County. The head coach is Sus Brode. The team has had tremendous success in recent years with new schools records being broken every season. Each year Goretti swimmers qualify for the National High School Catholic meet in Baltimore and the Metros meet in Germantown, MD, where they compete against some of the finest high school (and occasionally Olympic) swimmers in the region.

 Boys Basketball:  The boys basketball program plays in the Independent Parochial School League and the Baltimore Catholic League, one of the premier boys league in the country. The head coach is Sidney McCray. The boys basketball program won the IPSL championship in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019, shared the BCL regular season championship in 2017 and 2019 and appeared in the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The program has produced numerous Division 1 players that have gone on to play at institutions like Notre Dame, Air Force Academy, Cornell and Penn State among others, and currently has alumni playing professionally in Ireland, Germany and Lithuania.

Girls Basketball: The girls basketball program plays in the Independent Parochial School League and the head coach is Avery Carey. The Lady Gaels won the IPSL championship in 2014. Coach Carey played at Hagerstown Junior College, George Mason University and professionally in Europe before returning to Hagerstown. He is well respected for his basketball skill work with youth in the area and runs a local AAU program for boys and girls.

Spring Sports at St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School

Co-ed Track & Field: The track & field program competes in the Independent Parochial School League and the head coaches are Mike and Maria Spinnler. Mike Spinnler is a world renowned track/field coach, having coached the US National team from 1992 to 2015. He is currently doubles as the Head Coach for the Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field and Outdoor Track & Field teams at Hagerstown Community College and has helped train numerous Division 1 and Olympic athletes.
 
Baseball: The baseball team competes in the Independent Parochial School League and the head coach is Greg Eversole. Coach Eversole is a retired math teacher with over 40 years coaching experience. He started in coaching career at Goretti before moving on to be the head coach at South Hagerstown High School for many years, before returning to Goretti for the 2014 season. Coach Eversole has coached numerous players that have gone to to play at the collegiate level and several that have played professional baseball. Each year one highlight of the season is the team trip over Easter Break, where the Gaels have played in tournaments in recent years in Myrtle Beach, SC and Norfolk, VA.

Boys Lacrosse: The boys lacrosse team competes in the Crossroads Lacrosse League and the head coach is Jared Baranowski, who also teaches social studies at Goretti. Coach Baranowski came to Goretti in 2017 from St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Southern Maryland, where he coached lacrosse, taught social studies and is a proud Ryken alum. Coach Baranowski played college lacrosse at Lemoyne College and Wheeling Jesuit University, where he was a team captain. He also coaches currently the 7/8th grade team for the Lionheart Lacrosse Club.
 
Girls Lacrosse: The girls lacrosse team competes in the Crossroads Lacrosse League and the head coach is Denise Lague. Coach Lague played field hockey and lacrosse at Western Maryland College. She also has been involved with coaching youth in the area through HAYLA and the Lionheart Lacrosse Club. 


Athletics Staff

              

David Blenckstone                   Taylor Ray
Director of Athletics                Head Athletic Trainer
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