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September 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Overlake athletic department wins award from Coach and Athletic Director magazine

Overlake was named this year’s Interscholastic Sports Program of Excellence Award winner by Coach and Athletic Director magazine, the school announced in a press release on Friday. Overlake was the winner among private schools with less than 500 students.

The award will be presented by Coach and Athletic Director editor Mike Austin on Sept. 28 during the Owls’ home soccer game.

According to the release, “The magazine honors programs that have demonstrated a high degree of teamwork, integrity and ethics while displaying good sportsmanship and promoting a positive experience.”

Here is the full release below, including more on the magazine’s criteria for making the selections:

Redmond, WA, September 21, 2012: Overlake’s Athletic Director, John Wiley, announced that Coach & Athletic Director magazine editor Mike Austin will come to campus on Friday, September 28, to recognize the school as their choice for their prestigious Interscholastic Sports Program of Excellence Award winner. The magazine recognizes schools that have developed successful athletic programs that substantially improved the overall athletic experience for student athletes. The magazine honors programs that have demonstrated a high degree of teamwork, integrity and ethics while displaying good sportsmanship and promoting a positive experience.

The annual award recognizes public and private high school athletic programs in the United States in four different enrollment categories. Overlake won the award for a private school with less than 500 students. Mary Institute Country Day (MO) won the award for private schools with 501 or more students. The public school winners were St. Anthony Village (MN) for schools with a student body of below a 1,000 and Vista Murrieta (CA) for schools of 1,000 or more.

Selection of this award was done through a panel of independent judges. All high schools in the nation were eligible for this award.

The award will be presented September 28 during halftime of The Owls’ home soccer game at approximately 4:40pm. All admissions are free and open to the public.

Overlake Athletics finds strength in a wide ranging set of 16 sports offerings and last year 82% of the student body chose to participate. Strong on the field of play, including claiming last spring’s WIAA 1A State Boys Soccer Championship, the Owls excel at building competitive programs through a top flight coaching staff, many of whom are teachers at Overlake as well. These coaches understand the value of hard work on the field, in the classroom and in the community and get kids to improve their involvement in each.

The magazine looked at a variety of factors in choosing Overlake for this award. Here are some:

Participation Rate: 82%

Overlake has an inclusive, no-cut policy.

Scholar-Athletes: 3.63 was GPA of athletes in 2011-2012

In addition, Overlake has earned the state academic championship in seven sports since 2008.

Graduation Rate: 100%

Coaching Certification: All 80+ Overlake coaches are trained in First Aid, CPR, and Concussion Management.

Team Community Service: Teams host a variety of events for the American Cancer Society. Last year, the high school varsity baseball team went to the Dominican Republic and hosted baseball clinics, worked in orphanages, and distributed food to communities.

Sportsmanship: Overlake leads by example by earning six team sportsmanship awards in the Emerald City League last year, including one for the Overlake State Champion Boys’ Soccer team.

Performance on the Field: The Owls have won six state championships in a variety of sports since 2006. In addition, Overlake has reached the state finals in half of their sports offerings during the same period.

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