Athletics

At Sacred Heart, the HONOR-HEART-HUSTLE displayed by our athletes extends into the classroom too. Learn more from Liz Dennison, Director of Athletics, about the communication and leadership skills honed by our student athletes.

Athletic News

Winter 2020-21 Captain Highlight: Swimming & Diving

Throughout the winter, Sacred Heart athletics will highlight our winter team captains as they lead their teams this season. Stay tuned and check back for posts showcasing our student-athlete leader!
 

Sacred Heart’s Swimming program is co-captained by Grace Lillis ‘21 and Karina Adams ‘21 and the Diving program is captained by Lauren Mirando ‘21.

Being a new coach this season, I really appreciate how both Karina and Grace have worked alongside me and the assistant coaches to help the team grow,” said Head Swim Coach Noreen Haggerty. “I know this is not the season either of them envisioned having during their senior year, but regardless, they have remained upbeat and dedicated to the team. I am thankful for them both!”

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Winter 2020-21 Captain Highlight: Basketball

Throughout the winter, Sacred Heart athletics will highlight our winter team captains as they lead their teams this season. Stay tuned & check back for posts showcasing our student-athlete leaders! 

Sacred Heart’s Basketball program is co-captained by senior Alana Frederick and junior Sarah Augustine. “I feel confident that our program is in good hands under Sarah and Alana's leadership,” commented Coach Hart.

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Winter 2020-21 Captain Highlight: Squash

Throughout the winter, Sacred Heart athletics will highlight our winter team captains as they lead their teams this season. Stay tuned & check back for posts showcasing our student-athlete leaders! 

Sacred Heart’s Upper School Squash program is led by senior co-captains Mary O’Connor and Delaney Coleman. Head Coach Celia Pashley describes them both as two great role models. “Mary and Delaney have already shown their leadership through creativity and positivity. Always ready to give a hand with running a zoom session or motivating their teammates on and off the court, their communication skills have been really helpful especially during this unprecedented time. They have been great at supporting everyone on the team and keeping all the girls motivated to train. It is a pleasure for me to coach and work with them each day.”

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Director of Athletics Liz Dennison today announced Noreen Haggerty as the next head coach of Varsity Swimming at Sacred Heart Greenwich. 

“Coach Haggerty brings enthusiasm, competitive spirit, and a wealth of experience teaching and coaching to her new role as Head Coach of Varsity Swimming at Sacred Heart,” said Director of Athletics Liz Dennison. “I am excited for her to lead our swim program and work alongside our student-athletes each day.”

A former Division III swimmer, Haggerty has been coaching in the area for over a decade in addition to her own swim career that started locally. Her coaching experience includes time spent with a variety of age groups through her work with competitive club swimming, including as the Head Swim Instructor and assistant coach at Rocky Point Club in Old Greenwich, CT and time spent with the Marlins Swim Team at the Greenwich YMCA. Haggerty has led large teams, including designing training programs that have resulted in a number of championship seasons. 

"I am very excited to join the Sacred Heart Greenwich swim team,” said Haggerty. “In a year filled with so much uncertainty, my main goal is to provide the girls with a sense of normalcy on the pool deck through practices, competition, and team bonding. I'm looking forward to a fun season. Go Heart!”

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The tennis courts have been action-packed at Sacred Heart Greenwich this fall, but tennis isn’t being played.

Volleyball has become an outdoor sport at Sacred Heart, due to COVID-19 safety guidelines and the tennis courts have served as the Tigers’ varsity team’s home court for the fall.

“It’s definitely different and a little bit challenging, since you have to adjust to a different environment,” said Morgan Wilkens, a senior co-captain. “We are adjusting to the wind, the weather and a different type of court, where it’s a little bit harder to move. Though it’s been a different experience, I think it’s helpful doing this together as a team, because we are all going through the same thing and we’re all in this together.”

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Beth Yeager has experienced a wealth of memorable moments since she joined Sacred Heart Greenwich’s varsity field hockey team as an eighth-grader in 2016, one of which occurred in 2019, when she scored the game-winning goal in the Tigers’ NEPSAC Class A Tournament title game against Tabor Academy.

Yeager’s goal with 1:21 left in the second half that chilly November day, gave Sacred Heart a 2-1 triumph over Tabor Academy and its first NEPSAC championship.

Today, Yeager is one of the Tigers’ senior captains and though the 2020 season is extremely different than season’s past due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the five-year starter aims to help the squad enjoy the moments they share together this fall.

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Alana Frederick and Lara Patricio are dynamic playmakers on Sacred Heart Greenwich’s soccer team, and though their opportunities to showcase their skills are limited during this unprecedented season, the passion they bring to the field each day certainly hasn’t wavered.

“It’s a different year, but our team has always been really good as far as staying positive,” Frederick said. “It might be our new normal, so we’re staying really positive during this time and we have tried to have fun and stay competitive at the same time.”

Due to guidelines involved with the COVID-19 pandemic, the NEPSAC and FAA canceled its regular season and postseason schedules. Therefore, the Tigers’ modified soccer season includes six scrimmages against nearby/FAA opponents.

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