Athletics at SJA


Athletics update: Fall practices are still slated to begin on September 8. At present, some fall coaches are offering optional summer workouts on Academy campus fields through the week of August 31 (in accordance with VPA policy which has permitted extended summer workouts). We have adopted the safety protocols to be used during fall practices for these workouts, including athletes and coaches wearing facial coverings during workouts and the implementation of state-identified safety and health protocols. Any athletes at home, wanting to stay fit and prepare for practices, are encouraged to use the TrainHeroic app to find workouts generated by strength coach, Rich Plonski. Contact the athletic department with any questions or for information on how to access TrainHeroic.


Athletics are an important part of daily life at St. Johnsbury Academy. A large number of our students participate in at least one sport each year and many are three-season athletes. Eligible varsity sports are played at the Division I level, pairing our teams against the most competitive opponents in the state.


Athletic Code

Statement of Philosophy

Our interscholastic athletic program is an extension of our academic program; we view participation in interscholastic athletics as an honor and privilege and we demand commitment and a strong work ethic. Therefore, our student athletes should expect that their involvement in athletics to be an intense educational experience. We recognize that excellence is not easily developed, but we believe that with encouragement, support, hard work, and motivation our student athletes will succeed, not only in competition, but also in life. All student athletes should recognize that involvement in interscholastic athletics, as in life, is a competitive atmosphere, where some excel, and all will benefit by being a member of a team. Student athletes should be able to say they are proud to be a part of St. Johnsbury Academy athletics.




To promote good sportsmanship and ethical conduct by modeling and fostering responsible decision-making, honesty, and respect for self, team, coaches, and opponents.



To provide the enthusiasm and energy to engage athletes in the pursuit of specific knowledge and skills of the sport; to set high but reasonable goals and to know and appreciate their individual talents and unique abilities.



To encourage each individual athlete to understand his or her relationships, rights, and responsibilities within a team that is itself part of the larger community.

Athletic News

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September 14, 2020

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The cheerleading team joined some of SJA’s other fall athletic teams to participate in a virtual version of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event Friday afternoon during their practices.

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September 10, 2020

Meet the Coaches — September 3, 2020

In this video you will hear from SJA Athletic Director John Lenzini, Headmaster Sharon Howell, ad Assistant Athletic Director Benjamin Davis as they discuss the Fall sports season.

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July 06, 2020

Leach Honored by US Lacrosse

Lilly Leach '20, has been named the recipient of the US Lacrosse Vermont Chapter's 2020 Jackie Pitts Award.

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June 25, 2020

Track Athletes Compete in Virtual Nationals

When the spring sports season was canceled, athletes were left with no way to compete.

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June 25, 2020

SJA to Offer Summer Basketball Camps

St. Johnsbury Academy is pleased to offer a series of one-night basketball clinics from July 6-9.

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April 13, 2020

SJA Hires New Assistant Athletic Director and Basketball Coach

Davis will also take over as the school's varsity boys' basketball coach, replacing David McGinn.