The Norfolk Academy Athletic Program is an integral part of the school’s overall educational experience. It contributes to the physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being of every student-athlete in a manner consistent with Norfolk Academy’s overall Philosophy and Objectives.
Athletics is powerful because it can bridge gaps, bring people together who otherwise might not interact, and provide opportunities not available elsewhere. The culture of Norfolk Academy Athletics enhances each student’s overall educational experience and character formation.
We have strived to continue to offer athletics even amid COVID-19. During the summer, student-athletes from a variety of teams took part in socially distanced workouts at Wynne-Darden Stadium. From September through early November, we offered after-school team training camps that included fall, winter, and spring sports. Several hundred student-athletes across Middle School and Upper School participated in these socially distanced activities, which improved their conditioning and skills.
Wearing masks, student-athletes in grades 9-12 began varsity and JV winter team practices on November 10. We began practices for grades 7-8 on November 23. Basketball teams began intramural competitions in December, as swimming and diving began virtual competitions against other schools.
We remain in the process of evaluating protocols around opening up all our teams to interscholastic competitive play. The Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools, in which NA competes, recently met to finalize details for the winter sports season. All schools in the TCIS have agreed, per a joint statement, “to adhere to risk mitigation protocols, to prioritize participation over competitive standings, and to maintain mutual trust and communication among our schools in the interest of serving the health and safety of our student-athletes.”
Most fall teams are scheduled to begin TCIS practices January 25. Spring teams are scheduled to begin practices in late March.
Varsity and JV tryouts for fall sports are scheduled to begin Monday, January 25
The only exception will be JV Tennis which will start on Feb 1. All other fall teams begin Monday, February 1. Fall season will run until March. We are evaluating protocols concerning interscholastic competition for all fall sports.
- Field Hockey (V, JV, MS)
- Girls Volleyball (V, JV, MS)
- Girls Tennis (V, JV)
- Cheerleading (V)
- Girls and Boys Cross Country (V, JV)
- Football (V, JV, MS)
- Soccer (V, JV, MS)
*Co-ed Sailing will be a spring sport this year. If you have any question contact our Director of Athletics, Chad Byler 757-452-6733
|Cullen Campbell||Golf||UNC Wilmington|
|Jack Elliott||Lacrosse||Washington & Lee|
|Justin Green||Golf||Howard Univ|
|Will Inderlied||Lacrosse||Univ of Virginia|
|Michela Jones||Basketball||Haverford College|
|Kalli Meagher||Equestrian||Univ of Georgia|
|Max Pollio||Football||Kenyon College|
|Franklin Reid||Track||Roanoke College|
|Mark Southern||Swimming||Bates College|
|Ellis Stedfast||Lacrosse||Rutgers Univ|
|Matthew Wetmore||Lacrosse||Williams College|
Norfolk Academy’s teacher-coach model builds cohesion and continuity throughout our Middle and Upper Schools.
With classroom teachers coaching nearly all of our competitive athletic teams, students come to know and appreciate one another on multiple levels. Trust earned in the classroom continues to build on the field, and lessons learned on the court—about teamwork, about patience, about strategy and tactics—find applications back in the classroom.
Graduates currently competing in college
Multi-sport varsity athletes
Middle and Upper School students on a school team
Faculty members who competed in college athletics
Average number of games broadcast on NA-TV each season
Lanes in the indoor pool with 2 diving boards